About Saskia

Saskia Asser is a photography curator, author and researcher based in Amsterdam. She delivers advice, research, texts and exhibitions about photography and the history of photography. Saskia has nearly 20 years of experience as a researcher (at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, World Press Photo and elsewhere) and as a curator (at Huis Marseille and at the Rijksmuseum). She has expertise, experience and drive, and combines efficiency with attention to detail.

A full resumé can be found here.

Jeanne, Rosa en Carel Asser, ca. 1846, daguerreotypie, foto: Eduard I. Asser (Collectie Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

Jeanne, Rosa and Carel Asser, ca. 1846, daguerreotype, photo: Eduard I. Asser (Collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

As a descendent of Dutch photographic pioneer Eduard Isaac Asser (1809-1894), Saskia was interested in the history of photography from an early age. She specialised in the subject during her art history degree course at the University of Leiden, writing her MA thesis in 1996 on Nicolaas Henneman, the Dutch assistant to the inventor of photography, W.H. Fox Talbot. Much of the research for this thesis was done in England, at the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

After graduating, Saskia worked for two years as a researcher at the Rijksmuseum and at the Print Room of the University of Leiden, creating a national catalogue of all early photographs (1839-1860) in Dutch collections. The catalogue, still available online at www.earlyphotography.nl, includes many photographs by well-known foreign photographers, such as W.H. Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, Edouard Baldus, Maxime Du Camp and Gustave Le Gray.

In 1999, Saskia became curator of the new photography museum Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, where she worked for over 12 years. At Huis Marseille, Saskia gained broad experience in the subtleties of the museum profession and became an all-round professional in historical and contemporary, national and international photography.

At World Press Photo, Saskia developed her online skills. Together with the online team, she worked for three years on a new online environment for World Press Photo’s archive of winning images, which was launched in April 2015. Since then, more than 12.000 press photos (made by 1500 photographers from 80 different countries) have been accessible for an international audience.

Update October 2016: In February 2016, Saskia returned to Huis Marseille as a curator. Since October 2016, she is combining her activities there with a position as curator of photography at the Rijksmuseum. At Huis Marseille, she is mainly working on the development and execution of new exhibitions, at the Rijksmuseum she is doing research into the collection and editing the Rijksmuseum Studies in Photography series.