In the year 2000 was the start of Gerrit Komrij as first Dutch National Poet. The phenomenon National Philosopher was introduced in 2011 with Hans Achterhuis as rookie. The similarity between the National Poet and the National Philosopher is to bridge a gap. Not everyone is familiar with poetry and philosophy. The aim of the National poet and Philosopher is to bring the domains closer to the common people and to increase its popularity. That is clear and reasonable, I think. But what about the Dutch National Photographer?
Since April 2013 Ilvy Njiokiktjien is the first National Photographer of the Netherlands. She is allowed (even more urged) to initiate interesting new photo projects. The inventor of this new phenomenon is the Fotoweek (Photo week) Foundation. Ilvy is the ambassador of the Dutch photographers and she is but the base of Fotoweek.
What is ‘our’ opinion about this new phenomenon?