Rinus Knopper (1909-1993). Official photographer of Amsterdam City’s new towns, 1953-1959.

There’s not much to see here yet. That’s the point. This is something monumental as it emerges from zero, from a huge canvas of flatness. 70 years ago, Rinus Knopper’s job was to efficently document the development stages of Amsterdam’s much needed public housing. The new towns, the new suburbs-to-be, springing up and spreading all over the outskirts of Amsterdam in the 1950s. Pure, honest documentation of a grand scale urban project.

Like the construction workers themselves, he was, in effect, a city council worker too. The effort he put in was likely akin to that of a tradesman. Doing a job well. Taking a pride.

The result is easy on the eye, strangely calming and hopeful. This is birth and potential. Man moulding landscape.

A landscape morphing into future dreams. An epic evolution that touched the lives of generations.

Mayor De Vlugtlaan. 1953.
Mayor De Vlugtlaan. 1953.
Mayor Röellstraat. 1953.

Prof. dr. Oranjestraat 14-12. 1953
Vlaardingenlaan. 1959.
Mayor De Vlugtlaan.1953
Slotermeerlaan. 1954.
Reina Prinsen Geerligsstraat. 1954.
Derkinderenstraat. 1958.
Mayor De Vlugtlaan. 1953.
General Vetterstraat. 1957.
Cornelis Lelylaan. 1957.
Cornelis Lelylaan. 1957.
Bos en Lommerweg. 1953.
Orange locks. 1957.
Binnendijksche Buitenveldersche Polder. 1954
Bos en Lommerweg. 1953.
Jan Evertsenstraat. 1958.
Mayor Vening Meineszlaan. 1953.
Mayor De Vlugtlaan. 1953.
Cornelis Lelylaan. 1957.
Orange locks. 1957.
Mayor De Vlugtlaan. 1953.
Lodewijk van Deysselstraat. 1954.
Lodewijk van Deysselstraat. 1964.
Mayor of Leeuwenlaan. 1954.
Lodewijk van Deysselstraat. 1954.
Airplane Street. June 1953.
Lodewijk van Deysselstraat. 1953.
Bernard Loderstraat. 1954.
Slotermeerlaan. 1954.

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