Johan van der Keuken (4 April 1938, Amsterdam – 7 January 2001, Amsterdam) was a Dutch documentary filmmaker, author, and photographer. In a career that spans 42 years, Keuken produced 55 documentary films, six of which won eight awards. He also wrote nine books on photography and films, his field of interest. For all his efforts, he received seven awards for his life work, and one other for photography.
Van der Keuken was an extremely industrious man. His career spans four decades, from 1955 until his sudden death from prostate cancer in 2001. Even before graduating from the IDHEC film school in Paris (1956-1958), he had already published two books on photography and started to work on his first documentary film. In 1960 he joined Haagse Post, a Dutch newsmagazine, as a film critic but left the following year.
Based outside Amsterdam on Prinsenijland, he traveled the world, making films and taking pictures on many topics. Most of his work was produced for VPRO, a Dutch… read more