still tv show ´Zomergasten´
During a three-hour interview program of the VPRO, where guests can show a selection of film clips, Erik van Lieshout showed a fragment of Borinage (1934). Van Lieshout, internationally one of the most famous Dutch contemporary artists, was fascinated by crisis, places, people and artworks created by crisis. In the interview  Van Lieshoutcalled Ivens` film Borinage a point of reference, especially the aesthetic properties of black and white, and the social struggle. 

Read more: Erik van Lieshout and the Borinage

Group photo of the photographers working in Amsterdam (ARFOT `s) seated, second from right, Joris Ivens. 1931, Coll. JIA, Nijmegen.

A major international exhibition on the history of the workers photography at theMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid with more than a thousand pictures, magazines, books and filmsshowing illustrate the importance of the workers` photography. Pictures from Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and John Heartfield, but just as good pictures of anonymous photographers and snapshots.The Ivens` films Komsomol (1933), Borinage(1934) and The Spanish Earth (1937) are continuousily screening.

According to curator Jorge Ribalta, the international workers`photography are a key moment in the history of photography. This movement, created between the two world wars, is often ignored, underestimated or marginalized, but the exhibition catalog and symposia photography show that the workers introduced a new model of photography. This new model developed by conscious rebels against the bourgeois `model`of photography. But the ARFOT model includes not only a modernist aesthetic, based on the mechanics of the camera and the mechanics of degrading industrial world, in production and distribution (through magazines, newspapers, books, movies,unions, political associations and exhibitions inside and outside) but the ARFOT was a serious alternative to the bourgeois photography, media and cultural world. 

Joris Ivens is the Dutch leading figure within the movement. His stay in Berlin, the Soviet Union, Frankrijk and the U.S.A. provided direct contact with the workers` expressions of photography.Through his films he gave a personal twist on the development.

The exhibition is on show until August 22, 2011

Cover photo book about Kees Ivens and the 75 year old Waal bridge. 
Photo Hustinx. Publishing

Nijmegen celebrates on June 16 the 75th anniversary of the Waal Bridge, which was the largest arch span bridge of Europe at the time. The father of Joris Ivenstook in 1905  the initiative to build the bridge over the Waal, the great river thatconnects Rotterdam to the Ruhr industrial aera in Germany.  TheMuseum Valkhof displays the exhibition `Kees Ivens and the Waal Bridge 1905-1936 ` until November 6.

Read more: Kees Ivens and 75 years Waalbrug

Anne Jaspers, a volunteer with the foundation since 2006, finished the task she had to archive all newspaper articles about Ivens from 1913 until now. The files will be put online soon and will be transparent for everyone. The articles that are about or refer to Ivens are open for research and easily accessible. Anne worked one day a week for four years on this archive. The file contains over 700 pageswith keywords.

Here is a foretaste of the official publication:

Clippings 1913 - 2011

 (Clive Owen), Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) and Joris Ivens (Lars Ulrich), March 23, 2011. Photo:Rolling Stone

In San Francisco the filming of the television series about the love relationshipbetween the journalist Martha Gellhorn, played by Nicole Kidman and writerErnest Hemingway, played by Clive Owen has started. Metallica drummer LarsUlrich plays the role of Joris Ivens. The American couple worked in May andApril 1937 in Madrid together with Joris Ivens on the filming of The SpanishEarth.

Cover"Photography Meets Film", Joris Ivens film The 400 Million, a photograph by Robert Capa from Ivens Archives.

Recently in the series `Rijksmuseum Studies in Photography`Rixt Bosma published  the book about the trip and the work of Robert Capa and Joris Ivens in 1938 in China. The title `Photography meets Film. Capa, Ivens and Fernhout in China, 1938` refers to the 1938 film The 400 Million, that Joris Ivens made,while photographer Robert Capa accompanied the journey as a photographer.

Read more: Robert Capa and Joris Ivens in China, a new book

Cover documentary, made by prof. Ephraim Smith.

`The Journal of American History` published a positive review of the documentary Power for the Parkinsons, made by prof. Ephraim Smith. This re-visit documentary tells the story of the production and impact of Joris Ivens` documentary Power and the Land (1940). Prof. Smith started his research about Ivens` film in 2007 and for this purpose visited the Ivens archive in Nijmegen. His film has been broadcasted in various states and universities in the US.

Read more: Positive review on Power for the Parkinsons

Directer Deaglio Andrea and Marceline Loridan-Ivens
Every year during the documentary festival Cinema du Reél the Joris Ivens prize is awarded in the category `Best First Film’. The award is ment for a beginning filmmaker with an exceptional first filmThis year the Italian filmmaker Andrea Deaglio won the prize for his film City Veins.

Read more: City Veins wins Joris Ivens award

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