FIGUERES.- The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí
announced that it has enriched its photographic Archives with the incorporation of 11 unpublished negatives of the Dutch photojournalist Jan Adam Stevens (19111965). The pictures, result of a visit by Stevens to Salvador Dalí in Portlligat back in 1961, have been acquired to his son and heir Frank Stevens van Hemert. These negatives were part of Stevens private collection together with some personal photographs he kept in two cases in his home of Haarlem (The Netherlands).
The Dalí Foundation will manage the rights of this material, as it does with the rights of other Catalan photographers such as Oriol Maspons, Francesc Català-Roca or Xavier Miserachs. The Archives of the Centre for Dalinian Studies at the Dalí Foundation has more than 12,000 images including all of Dalís life periods, of authors like Man Ray, Brassaï, Cecil Beaton, Eric Schaal, George Platt Lynes, Horst P. Horst or Philippe Halsman, just to mention some.
Among the Foundations acquisitions, two Archives stand out for its graphic and documental richness: Melis (Melitó Casals) and Eric Schaals. The first one was a local photographer, Dalís close friend and collaborator in the 1950s, his Archives contain a large collection of period copies and a large number of negatives about the creation of the Dalí Theatre-Museum.
Eric Schaals, acquired in 2005, reports a fruitful professional relationship of the two artists between 1937 and 1942.
Stevens photographs, all of which are unpublished, complements the collection of snapshots of the 1960s, a period of great creativity with regard to the project of the future Dalí Theatre-Museum, and coincides with the homage paid to Dalí by Figueres, his birth town, on 12 August 1961.
Jan Adam Stevens
He was born in 1911 in Haarlem, near Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and died in 1965. He worked as a photojournalist in military campaigns in Indonesia and also for the Royal Dutch Family. After the Second World War, in 1946 and 1947, he joined the Dutch navy as a professional. As Communication Officer, he did photographic reports in Java and Bali, in Indonesia. In the late 1940s, he founded the news agency NFP (Nationaal Photo Persbureau) in Amsterdam, one of the most important agencies in The Netherlands. In January 1953, due to the hurricane that broke the sea walls and caused thousands of deaths, he was the first to fly over the devastated area and their pictures were seen around the world. In 1958, he and his family were among the first Dutch tourists who spent their summer in Catalonia, particularly in Stiges. The Spaarnestad Photo National Archive in The Hague keeps 250,000 negatives from his studio, 4,000 aerial photos and 18,000 photographic plates.