Herman Selleslags (BE, °1938) is one of Belgium’s most famous photographers. In 2015, he donated his archive, and that of his father Rik, to FOMU. Over the course of half a century, Selleslags built up an incredible photography archive. Hundreds of thousands of photographs, glass plates, slides, negatives, press prints, pocket diaries, contact sheets and cameras were relocated to the FOMU depots. The multitudinous archive boxes are literally and figuratively the heart of the exhibition Selleslags Unpacks.
Cover photo: Herman Selleslags, Ghent, 1974, Collection FOMU, P/1978/27/2, © Herman Selleslags
The exhibition shows the diversity of Rik and Herman Selleslags’ work: from reportages for HUMO, family albums and product photography for Grand Bazaar to street photography, Jewish weddings, the 1943 famine and the 1953 floods. Less iconic and lesser-known images by Herman Selleslags were also unearthed from the archive boxes: pictures of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and of his friend the actor Julien Schoenaerts. FOMU is offering its public a first and behind-the-scenes glimpse of the richness of this acquisition.
Various publications of Herman Selleslags' work are for sale in the museum shop.
Curators: Tamara Berghmans and Joachim Naudts