Johan Hagemeyer Photograph Collection comprises the bulk of what was the photographer's personal archive at the time of his death in 1962.
The collection contains approximately 6,785 photographic prints and negatives, and spans from his earliest known amateur work
of ca. 1908 to his later works of the mid-1950s. Portraiture predominates.
Hagemeyer was born into a working class family in Amsterdam, Holland on Whitsunday, June 1, 1884. Sickly from childhood, and self-described
as the "black sheep" among his 4 siblings, the introspective Johan was very well-read and excelled at writing and drawing
at a young age. Under pressure from his parents to aspire toward a higher social status, Johan left school in his mid-teens
to join an insurance brokerage. Meanwhile, his intellectual curiosity - which ranged from literature and the arts to science
and politics - led him to explore such topics as philosophical anarchism, vegetarianism, and religious mysticism. He also
had a keen interest in botany, and soon abandoned his career in insurance to study horticulture. After compulsory service
in the Dutch army - where he served as a marching flutist - and a brief return to brokerage, he enrolled in a horticultural
college. It was during his studies here that he and his brothers Hendrik and Herman, also aspiring horticulturalists, decided
to emigrate to the United States to pursue their ambitions in California.
(approximately 5,790 film negatives, approximately 925 photographic prints, approximately 70 glass negatives (representing
approximately 5,235 unique images)) and 1500 digital objects
: film and glass negatives
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