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For almost forty years, Vincent Mentzel (b. 1945) was the staff photographer of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad: he literally captured the news. Mentzel matured into one of the Netherlands' best-known photographers, especially due to his innovative reporting of The Hague's politics. With his striking portraits of politicians and informal photo reports of the Binnenhof, he made Dutch politics more personal and human for many readers.
As a photojournalist, he travelled the world to record political events and other news items. From student protests in China to Surinamese parliamentary elections: freedom, democracy and power continued to be recurring themes in his foreign reports. Vincent Mentzel. Foto’s not only provides insight into the important role Mentzel played in photojournalism, but also offers a recognizable photographic overview of our recent history.
Including texts (in Dutch only) by Mattie Boom, Birgit Donker, Arnon Grunberg, Nicole Robbers
'Photography that made politicians and other high-ranking people human' – NRC
'A book modest in size, but large in quantity and quality' – de Volkskrant