Emmy Andriesse

Photographer, Visual Artist

1914 – 1953


Who was Emmy Andriesse?

Emmy Eugenie Andriesse was a Dutch photographer best known for her work with the Underground Camera group during World War II.

Emmy Andriesse was the only child of liberal Jews Abraham Andriesse, textile company representative, and Else Fuld. At age fifteen, she lost her mother, and since her father traveled internationally for work, she was raised by several aunts.

From 1932 to 1937, after high school, Andriesse studied advertising design at the Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague founded in 1929 by designer Gerrit Kiljan. At the academy she belonged to a group of students around left-wing designer Paul Schuitema.

In June 1941 Andriesse married graphic designer and visual artist Dick Elffers, but as a Jew during the Nazi occupation Andriesse was no longer able to publish and she was forced into hiding. At the end of 1944, with the assistance of the anthropologist Arie Froe she forged an identity card and re-engaged in everyday life, joining a group of photographers, including Cas Oorthuys and Charles Breijer, working clandestinely as De Ondergedoken Camera. The photos that Andriesse made under very difficult conditions of famine in Amsterdam, include Boy with pan, The Gravedigger and Kattenburg Children and are documents of hunger, poverty and misery during the occupation in the "winter of hunger" of 1944-1945.

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Jan 14, 1914
The Hague
  • Netherlands
Lived in
  • The Hague
Feb 20, 1953

on July 23, 2013


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