I recently visited a photography exhibition from renowned Dutch photographer, Cor Jaring. Before his death in 2013, he entrusted his negatives and slides from 1965-1975 to Amsterdam City archives.

“Cor Jaring was a true Amsterdammer, a street urchin from the Wittenburg quarter, born into a family of dockworkers in 1936. He first came into contact with photography by chance, while doing compulsory military service, and mastered the craft by trial and error. In the 1960’s Amsterdam was all ‘hap-hap-happening’. The sleepy The Netherlands was rudely awakened by the provocative, playful actions of Amsterdam’s youth. Cor Jaring was there and recorded what he saw. The capital became known as rebellious, ‘magical city’. No Dutch photographer identified with the counterculture of the 1960 as strongly as Cor Jaring. From Provos to the flower power, from sexual liberation, to the Butterfly Opera: This exhibition shows that he was more than an eye witness: he was part of ‘the happening’.”

At the end of the exhibition I noticed a broken window glass while walking to the exit door. I shot it because it created an interesting effect, when looking through it, to what was happening outside.

When looking through the broken glass, being still touched by the photos I had seen, I thought of how contrasting they were vis-à-vis contemporary life, which is not less turbulent, but perhaps just more numb and accommodating to what is happening in the world.



I made some photos of his photos. He shot the first hippies, worker’s riots, peaceful anti-war and anti-nuclear demonstrations, and protests against the engagement of Princess Beatrix with Claus von Amsberg, a German and former member of the Hitlerjugend. Enjoy it.

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Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme is: Broken 

For this challenge, capture something broken: an old window, a vintage sign, a toy never fixed, a contemplative friend. Or go deeper: find beauty in something broken.

I am also posting for the Photo101 Rehab, the event for everyone who loves photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, or just curious , anyone is welcome), and wants to join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with.

Want to know how to join? Check below.

Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:

This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.

As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab  reopened its doors.

You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”

How to join:

Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.

Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.

Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.

Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.

Thanks for joining and enjoy it.

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Even if you don’t want to join in, click above and appreciate the beautiful photos of the former and current participants. Go and check their wonderful blogs as well:


AngelineM’s blog

Angle and Views

Andy Townend 


Artistic License of Life 

Atelier Azure

Bad Fish Out of Water

Belgian Streets


Deb’s World



Giving Thought Giving Sight 

Jill’s Scene

Lisa Dorenfest

Mara Eastern 

Musings from a Frequent Flying Scientist

My Story by Teresa

My First DSLR Camera


Oosterman Treats Blog


Perspectives on

Restart Urgently Needed

Snapshots Snippets and Scribbles 

Silver Threading 

The Light Inside Us.


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44 thoughts on “Broken

    1. You bring a good point. It could be true, as the official information at the archive is that these photos are his, but they also say that there were photos of other photographers mixed with his, because at that time they were not careful about that.

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      1. The photos of Hans Wolken were published under the name of Cor Jaring. So it is the other way round. But he mentions that in the sixties it was common not to refer to the maker when published.


  1. I would have loved to see that exhibition. Thank you for sharing some of it. He sounds very intriguing. The broken glass I can imagine somehow notched up the emotions brought about by the exhibition when looking through it and somehow highlighting the contrasting now and then. Not sure if I put that right . Great take xx


    1. Maybe you can see his photos online. The exhibition is running till July though. So there is time.
      Oh yes, you put it right. I hadn’t noticed the broken glass until I stopped at the book shop. Otherwise I wouldn’t have seen it.

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  2. What an interesting way to intertwine the weekly photo theme of “Broken” and the Jaring exhibit. First of all, the shot you took of the broken glass and the scene below was so curious! And your words “numb and accomodating” really hit me..
    Do you think it was broken on purpose?
    And you always teach me new things…I enjoyed learning more about Jaring and his work…what incredible photos he took…
    Thank you dear Lucile for this look into Amsterdam and our world!


    1. Thanks Lia. Nice to hear that you liked the photos.
      We really ned to bring you to Amsterdam.
      I don’t think it was broken on purpose, it looked like someone hit it by accident or vandalism (which is on purpose anyways).

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  3. This is such a fascinating post Lucile. I graduated from high school in 1975. Although I was never really a part of the hippy movement, I remember how much of a counter culture it was…..the music, the long hair, the drugs. My mom and dad would have none of the long hair in guys, it was pretty much the norm even in Canada for hair on guys well past the shoulders in high school.
    The photos you shot from the exhibition and included in the photo player are really fascinating and captured the era .
    Thank you for sharing! 🙂


    1. Thank you, Carl.
      These might have been amazing times. So you didn’t wear long hair, then?
      You could write a post about this time. I would love to read it.
      I didn’t post all photos. There were some nudes too. 😉
      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Carl.

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      1. My hair was to about the bottom of my ears, it’s about it. But boy there was some long hair in high school, some guys had it right to the waist.
        For my dad, there was the safety around farm machinery factor as well, and as kids we were always working around equipment when not in school. One guy who worked for dad during the 3 week potato harvest had waist long hair, and he got it in the spinning power take off. Dad saw it happen and was extremely quick to cut power, which would have saved this young man’s life. So I did not get too rebellious about not having long hair. 🙂
        I could write a post about it Lucile. There are a few ahead spinning in my head, I should get at…..just enjoying this summer now too much! 🙂 But sometime later this year, just might! 🙂


        1. What a story, Carl! I can totally understand your father’s concerns.
          And that was an eye opener for you too.
          Enjoy summer to the max and after that let us see a post and a photo of your long hair!

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  4. I like the picture you shot of the broken glass door. Have you considered cropping it so that it shows only the top part with the shop in the background? I think that could create a nice, almost abstract picture too.


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