Since 2007, Het Nutshuis has concentrated increasingly more on documentary photography. This ongoing development has resulted in five photographic exhibitions per year. Special attention is given to novice photographers and photographers from The Hague. The focus is on documentary photography in the broadest sense of the word. There is room for experiment to test the boundaries of what documentary photography entails, a historic perspective and even work that is based more on fantasy than reality. But whatever else, the focus is always on a social issue that affects the world around us.
DocuDenHaag (DDH) is the two-yearly documentary photography project run by Het Nutshuis. For the first time, in 2009 DDH was jointly organised with The Hague municipal archive. DDH is all about documentary photography and the development of The Hague. The project is intended as a means of stimulating the professional development of young documentary photographers in and around The Hague.
The city in the broadest sense of the word is the recurring source of inspiration for DDH. In 2009, we chose a historic perspective. In 2011 we concentrated on the same theme, this time focusing on more recent history. The vestiges of 11 September in the life of ordinary city dwellers.
The theme of DocuDenHaag 2013 was Sacred.
Photographers in the Haaglanden region were invited to sign up for DDH by submitting a project plan. A selection committee chose its 3 favourite plans from all the entries. The winning photographers were allocated a budget and spent the next four months implementing their plans.
DocuDenHaag participants: AA fotowerken (Arjan de Nooy and Anne Geene (2011), Miriam Donkers (2011), Bertus Gerssen (2009), Wim van Ophem (2009), Karine Versluis (2009), Eva Hofman (2011), Kim Tieleman (2009), Denis Guzzo (2009), Hugo Schuitemaker (2009). Claudia Heinermann (2013), David Galjaard (2013) and Mieke Meesen (2013).
The selection committee
2009: Wim van Sinderen (senior curator GEM Museum for Contemporary Art / The Hague Museum of Photography), Elke Swart (editor-in-chief Haags Straatnieuws), Gerard Wessel (photographer), Maarten Schenk (historian and director of The Hague Municipal Archive) and Mirjam Zweers (head of programming at Het Nutshuis).
2011: Wim van Sinderen (senior curator GEM Museum for Contemporary Art / The Hague Museum of Photography), Claudia Hinterseer (managing director NOOR photo agency), Marga Rotteveel (freelance photo-curator) and Mirjam Zweers (head of programming at Het Nutshuis).
2013: Wim van Sinderen (senior curator GEM Museum for Contemporary Art / The Hague Museum of Photography), Kim Knoppers (art historian and curator at Foam), Femke Lutgerink (artistic leader of FOTODOK) and Mirjam Zweers (head of programming at Het Nutshuis)
Het Nutshuis and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Every year, students of photography at the Royal Academy of Art are given the chance to polish their skills in producing and compiling an exhibition. Four or five photographers spend six weeks working on a chosen theme. They are then expected to compile a complete exhibition, assisted by the programmer and a lecturer from the Royal Academy.
Graduation students whose work has been exhibited in Het Nutshuis in the past are: Inge Stolwijk, Ursula Jernberg, Fleur Beemster, Alexandra Hunts, Gwendolyn Keasberry, Joost Koskamp, Yke van der Knaap, Magdalena Pilko, Sanne Noorlander, Michelle Hamers, Stefanie Smans, Petra Stranger, Roos Trommelen, Vincent van Gaalen.
2009: Time off in The Hague
2010: The city of the future
2014: The Great Divide
In their designs for various programme campaigns for Het Nutshuis, The Hague design duo Kok Pistolet were happy to take account of Het Nutshuis’ preference for documentary photography. Work by up-and-coming photographers features in many of their poster campaigns. The campaign for Kamera Kultura, for example, features work by the photographer David de Jong. He roamed The Hague in search of that ‘Sunday morning feeling’.
In addition to all these initiatives designed to encourage young photographers to expand their knowledge and expertise and present their work to the public, Het Nutshuis also hosts regular exhibitions of work by ‘ordinary’ photographers. Previous exhibitors included: Dana Lixenberg, Willem Poelstra, Richard Brouwer and Attila Durak.