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City Photographer exhibition at Oude UB

Thursday 24 October 2019 - Tuesday 24 December 2019
Monday to Friday: 07:30 - 18:30 Saturday and Sunday: closed
Oude UB
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden

The Young Anthropologists

Seven young cultural anthropologists from Leiden University were Leiden city photographer in 2018-2019. Over the period of a year, they ventured into Leiden and the surrounding area each week to photograph everyday life through the eyes of an anthropologist. Each photographer focused on a specific theme: Community Work, Night Life, Really Young!, Backstage, Meaningful Places, New to Leiden, and Care. Their photos give a good impression of Leiden and its residents.

The mission of the City Photographer Foundation is to select a photographer each year to record life in Leiden. In 2018-2019, the city photographer was not just one person, but a group of seven young anthropologists: Simone de Boer, Jule Forth, Wilke Geurds, Christien van de Pavert, Lina de los Rios Torres, Veronie Rouschop and Hanna Stalenhoef. Their photos were published in the Leidsch Dagblad newspaper every Friday. The photo exhibition shows the best photographs of the year per theme.

Armed with a camera and notebook, the young anthropologists set out to learn about different groups in Leiden and how people give meaning to their surroundings. This is what anthropologists do: they study the learnt behaviour of groups of people in their daily lives. In their research, anthropologists develop sometimes lasting social relationships, and observe and interview groups as they go about their everyday lives. By immersing themselves in a community, they gain a better understanding of the perceptions of the people that they study. What do they think is important, or unimportant? What are their norms and values, and how do they express these in their behaviour? How do they deal with changes in society and how do they adapt to these? These insights help them gain a better understanding of social themes and take a critical look at the problems and challenges facing society. With this approach, the photographers have managed to record diversity in and around Leiden.


This year is the 444th anniversary of Leiden University and we are celebrating it with the residents of Leiden and The Hague, with this photo exhibition for instance.

The exhibition is in the hall of Oude UB on Rapenburg in Leiden and opens on 24 October 2019.

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