Photographer Ed van der Elsken's legacy goes to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. It concerns a total of more than 10,000 objects.

After Van der Elsken's death in 1990, the estate was managed for thirty years by his widow Anneke Hilhorst. She has decided to give it up now.

"I have always experienced the possession of Ed's work as a great responsibility. I have never considered it to be mine alone, but especially as a heritage within the photographic and visual art history of the Netherlands," she reports in a joint press release from both museums on Thursday.

Van der Elsken is considered one of the most important Dutch photographers of the twentieth century. Thanks to the acquisition of his work archive, it is possible for the first time to gain a complete insight into the working method of the Amsterdam photographer.

The collection was largely donated by Hilhorst and partly purchased. The Rijksmuseum takes over 7,700 prints and the Nederlands Fotomuseum, which manages its negatives and documents archive, more than 3,000 contact sheets and three hundred photos.