Gold and Silver / Foam Museum of PhotographyFoam Fotografiemuseum

Gold and Silver


Age categoryIedereen

Indication entrance fees

- Adults€ 11,-
- Kids€ 11,-
- seniors / 65+€ 11,-


20/04/2018 - 10/06/2018
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Foam Museum of PhotographyFoam Fotografiemuseum
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam


The exhibition Gold and Silver offers a modern-day look at the nineteenth century gold rush in the United States.

Contemporary projections, nineteenth century daguerreotypes and albumen photographs allow you to travel along the rivers of California and across the snow-covered mountaintops of the Yukon to fathom the ambitions, dreams and illusions of an entire generation of gold seekers.

The young adventurers differ in their postures, expressions and clothing from the usual portrait photography of that time, which was far more solemn. They are shown in combination with the landscape in which the search for gold took place.

In the middle of the nineteenth century two great dreams became reality: the possibility of filling your pockets with gold, the most valuable of metals, and the possibility of having your likeness recorded by means of two metallic salts: gold and silver. The exhibition stresses this relationship between the gold rush and early photography.

The exhibition will be opened by Luce Lebart, director of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, on Thursday 19 April 2018. You are welcome from 5.30pm onwards.

Foam Museum of PhotographyFoam Fotografiemuseum
Keizersgracht 609 - Amsterdam
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