The auction 'Exhibitions by Vincent Mentzel', hosted on ArtFact until 12 November, features over 200 unique exhibition copies of his most important photographs (1973-2011), superiorly printed on a large format.
Vincent Mentzel (1945) was a staff photographer for the major Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and is regarded as the best Dutch photojournalist. His photographs have been published in magazines such as Time, Life and Newsweek and newspapers like The New York Times. A large collection of his work as well as his archives were acquired by The Rijksmuseum and his photographs are included in many other museums and private and corporate collections around the world.
The narrow perspective of his early photographs changed the face of Dutch photojournalism and throughout his career he has pushed the boundaries with unusual perspectives and striking portraits of great intimacy. Highly appreciated for his portraits of the powerful -- royals, heads of state, dictators -- and the successful -- musicians, sportsmen, writers, artists -- his camera didn't overlook ordinary people.
He beautifully captured peasant life in China and Tibet, where he was one of the first to be allowed to enter (1973). He also photographed street scenes in other parts of the world, including the United States and Holland.
An exhibition in 2011 drew more than a 100.000 visitors to a large survey of the work that made him 'the eye of Holland': it was through his eyes that the Dutch witnessed important national and international events, such as the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, the 'Thrilla in Manila', the fall of the Berlin Wall and many others.
Mentzel won many awards, including the Silver Camera (Zilveren Camera) and World Press Photo. He was knighted by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands in 2007.
The auction takes places online through ArtFact, the international auction platform. The fully illustrated catalogue is available at www.mentzelveiling.nl/artfact