Steef Zoetmulder grew up during the Interbellum. Inspired by photographers like Piet Zwart, Gerrit Kiljan, and Jan Kamman, he subscribed to the basic principles of New Photography. This photographic movement focused on realistic depictions of the subject matter. Later on, Zoetmulder developed a visual language of his own that was related to Subjective Photography, in which form was considered more important than documenting the subject matter. In his increasingly abstract work, Zoetmulder experimented with different ways of cropping the image, lighting techniques, perspectives, and compositions.
After the Second World War, Zoetmulder focused on publicity and advertising photography, although fashion, industry and trade were also themes that regularly appeared in front of his lens. Especially for this exhibition, fifty original prints were selected by Maartje van den Heuvel, curator of photography at Leiden University Libraries’ Special Collections. On the basis of different themes, the visitors are introduced to Zoetmulder’s versatile oeuvre,
The exhibition 'Steef Zoetmulder’ was realised in collaboration with Universitaire Bibliotheken Leiden (UB Leiden, Leiden University Libraries). Steef Zoetmulder’s core collection could recently be acquired by UB Leiden thanks to the support of Vereniging Rembrandt (including a gift from The School of Life Amsterdam), the Mondriaan Fund, and Friends of UB Leiden.