His photographs were made in the countryside and villages near Emmen around 1910 with a plate camera for glass negatives. Jan Oosting’s pictures — as he understood them — were not made as documentation, he had artistic ambitions. And indeed in the photographs one can clearly see that they were made with meticulous attention to detail. From the present-day point of view, however, they are a piece of the history of make-up of the countryside and villages and of the forms of work and life there that have disappeared.
The Jan Oosting Collection is a loan from the Museums Collectie Brands in Nieuw-Dordrecht, The Netherlands.