One of van der Keuken’s earliest works, The Blind Child (1964), was praised for its compassionate and artistic portrait of blind schoolchildren and their perception of their surroundings. With the use of montage sequences, voiced over with the observations of the children, van der Keuken was able to use artistic expression to portray the sightless children’s unique perspective of the world. —karagarga
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
i feel bad for taking so long to discover van der keuken, what a genius. I use to say that a film that makes me cry it's a powerfull film for me, and this one was no exception, keuken managed to film with major simplicity in such a delicate theme, loved the part where herman is in the giant wheel, so happy although without seeing anything, beautiful, i'm getting deeply in love with keuken filmography! 5/5