The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

Journey through the archipelago: Photographs of the former Dutch East Indies

Louis Zweers

The original black and white travel pictures from the photographer and film director Alphons Hustinx (1900-1972) give us an impression of his many travels through Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East in the 1930s and 50s. Hustinx left his negatives, films, letters and diaries, full of notes, to his family. Through these egocentric documents and images, the world of this Limburg bachelor is brought back to life. In this article, his biographer, Louis Zweers, presents a snapshot of Hustinx’s visit to the former Dutch East Indies in 1938.

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