Pim van Os

1910–1954

After a brief stint at a business school in The Hague in 1925, Pim van Os (Dutch, 1910–1954) started an apprenticeship at a local photographer’s. He opened his own portrait studio in 1931. Being of Jewish origin, he went into hiding in 1942 during the German occupation and did not reopen his studio until 1945. From 1949 he was active in the Nederlandse Fotografen Kunstkring (NFK) and as such participated in the subjektive fotografie exhibitions. After the war, van Os cultivated a more abstract aesthetic of sculptural, organic forms in movement, which is also manifest in his advertising work. From 1952 he was a photojournalist with the Het Vaderland newspaper. He died in a traffic accident in 1954 at the age of 44.