Hans Dukkers (1920-1985),
Model Rita Loonen (later known as Bonny Huf), shows couture Max Heymans, 1961.
Gelatin silverprint, printed 1961, size 38×38,5cm, not signed, stamped ‘photo and copy right Hans Dukkers, model Rita Loonen voor Max Heymans, eigen druk 1961’
Provenance: purchased by gallery April 2020.
Hans Dukkers (1920-1985) photographed fashion from 1947 onwards. In it he was a pioneer for the Netherlands and he was very inventive. Dukkers introduced the subject of a photomodel, which did not exist before. Hans Dukkers (and not Paul Huf) was from the first half of the fifties until the second half of the sixties the most influential fashion and couture photographer in the Netherlands. The special thing about his photography was that he managed to transform a fashion image into a woman’s image: the woman made by the clothes that framed her. From 1952 he worked for the great Amsterdam couturiers such as Dick Holthaus, Max Heijmans, Frank Govers and especially Ferry Offerman.