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Industrialised space: history and representation in photography

09.03.2007 - 06.04.2007
Afternoon sessions on Topography III

Water in the City

24.02.2006 - 17.03.2006
Afternoon Sessions on Topography II

Collection Allemande

18.02.2005 - 25.03.2005
Afternoon Sessions on Topography I

04.06.2004 - 05.06.2004
The City Walls of Maastricht

14.11.2002 - 15.11.2002
City Iconography II

03.05.2002 - 04.05.2002
City Iconography I


19th and 21st century topographic photography in Maastricht

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19th and 21st century topographic photography in Maastricht


General info

Citygraphy examines the role of 19th century photography in the consciousness and perception of the European city as a historic focal point - a fulcrum subject to the powers of modernization. Contrasts between urban centres and expanding suburbs, between handicraft and industrial production, between transport by water and over land, between conservation and redevelopment, between restoration as both a form of protection and of rebuilding, between the interests of residents and those of visitors all determine the overall politics of life. What role did the visual image play in all of this, and in particular, what was the role of photography?

The research project Citygraphy, 19th century and 21st century topographic photography in Maastricht is a commission for a photographer/researcher. The commission concerns the development of a personal photographic vision of 21st century Maastricht, taking the 19th century city images of Maastricht as a starting point. Candidates are asked to focus on the city of Maastricht. The photographer is to do research in Maastricht and to realise concrete images.

Citygraphy is a joint project of the Jan van Eyck Academie and Hogeschool St. Lukas Brussel and is subsidized by Stichting Werner Mantz.


The research project will have a six-month trajectory. Various communal working sessions will be organized, the goal being that all concerned (photographer/researcher, artistic coordinator and external experts) will thus meet each other, exchange experiences, gain expertise and discuss images that are already realized. The experts to be involved in these workshops (for instance, archives employees, cultural biographers,?) will provide knowledge about Maastricht or about specific topics (topographic photography, city walls, water in the city,?). These external experts may be asked to give public presentations. The photo-technical, photo-theoretical, semiotic and cultural-historical knowledge developed in this fashion will form the material the photographer will start working with in order to provide contemporary topographic interpretations of 21st century Maastricht. Vice versa, these contemporary photographs may also raise questions driving the theoretical/cultural-historical research. The research results will be presented at a location yet to be determined.

Application details

The research project is geared towards photographers who can show practical experience in their CV and who are prepared to commit in terms of time (six months) and to contribute content. This includes carrying out research activities, accomplishing the photographic commission and participating in workshops.

Research candidates should submit a motivation, CV and documentation relevant to Citygraphy. An independently formulated project description is not required.

The research project will start on 1 July 2006 and ends on 31 December 2006.

Practical information on your application

Selected candidates gain the position of researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie. For more information on the practical side of your application, financial questions, and other matters, please consult the website or contact the academy via Leon Westenberg, leon.westenberg@janvaneyck.nl, telephone +31 (0)43 350 37 24.

Artistic coordinator

Dirk Lauwaert.