Book Series Modern & Contemporary History (Outside a Series)

Belgian Photographers 1839-1939

A Chronological Bibliography of Publications from 1945 to 2020

Frank Driesen

  • Pages: 327 p.
  • Size:178 x 254 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59779-9
  • Paperback
  • Available

Searching for information on locally, nationally or internationally renowned photographers working in Belgium before the Second Word War? In this bibliography a comprehensive index will lead you to every printed publication in which the photographer was mentioned. An essential guide for every researcher in this field.


Frank Driesen (°1954) is a philosopher and librarian by training. However, he soon became interested in photography. He studied with Bart Michielsen and followed Jan van Dijk’s course on historical photographic processes. Since 2014 he has been working as a voluntary collaborator at the Collection Department of FOMU Fotomuseum Antwerpen.


Searching for information on locally, nationally, or internationally renowned amateur or professional photographers working in Belgium before the Second World War? You might find some information on the internet, but many sources have only been published in print. Furthermore, this printed information is very scattered and difficult to find. It may have been published in journals on culture and art, on heritage, on local and general history, on photography and history of photography, in catalogues of collections and exhibitions, in reference works, monographs and theses.

Belgian Photographers 1839-1939 provides an overview of printed publications issued between 1945 and 2020 about Belgian photographers who were active from the discovery of photography until the beginning of the Second World War. It presents a chronological bibliography, an author index and—most importantly—a comprehensive photographer index. The latter allows one to identify all publications in which a certain photographer has been mentioned.

This book will be an invaluable guide for anyone interested in the history of photography in Belgium, including photo and art historians, heritage researchers, genealogists, and archivists.

Belgian Photographers 1839-1939 est un guide indispensable pour tous ceux qui s’intéressent à l’histoire de la photographie en Belgique. Le livre donne un aperçu des sources imprimées, publiées entre 1945 et 2020, sur les photographes belges qui ont été actifs dès la découverte de la photographie jusqu’au début de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. La bibliographie chronologique est suivie par un index d’auteurs et un index de photographes. Celui-ci permet d’identifier toutes les publications mentionnant un photographe — professionnel ou amateur, de renommée locale, nationale ou internationale.

Belgian Photographers 1839-1939 is een onmisbare gids voor iedereen met interesse in de geschiedenis van de fotografie in België. Het boek biedt een overzicht van gedrukte publicaties, verschenen tussen 1945 en 2020, over Belgische fotografen die actief waren vanaf de uitvinding van de fotografie tot aan het begin van de Tweede Wereldoorlog. De chronologische bibliografie wordt gevolgd door een auteurs- en fotografenindex. Deze laatste laat toe alle publicaties terug te vinden waarin een bepaalde fotograaf — professioneel of amateur, met lokale, nationale, of internationale bekendheid — vermeld wordt.



User Manual / Mode d’emploi / Gebruiksaanwijzing

Chronological Bibliography

Reference Works & Local Studies

Author Index

Photographer Index