About Beeldbank Fotopersbureau De Boer (English)

Over 2.000.000 press photo’s, that is the accumulated body of work produced over a period of sixty years by the photographers of Fotopersbureau De Boer. This vast collection of press photo’s gives us a unique perspective on the times they depict. The Noord-Hollands Archief has worked hard at digitizing the photos and with the help of volunteers, has made it possible to search through them using keywords. All this has resulted in The Beeldbank Fotopersbureau De Boer.


By using the search bar, located at the top of the screen, you can enter one or multiple keywords. After choosing your keyword(s), click on the red button titled “zoeken”. The next screen will display the results of your search. These results can be narrowed down by using the different filters just below the search bar. The filters can also be used without entering a keyword in the search bar.

It is possible to search on a segment of a word by using an asterisk in front, in the middle, or at the end of your keyword. The asterisk replaces any possible combination of letters, therefore offering search results for various conjunctions and/or extensions of a word. For example: entering the keyword dorp* will result in “dorp” as well as all words starting with “dorp” (dorpshuis, dorpsplein). From the keyword *dorp follows all words ending with “dorp”. (Find more search bar functions here or by clicking on the ? next to the red button titled “zoeken”.)

One aspect of press photography to be aware of is the fact that, more often than not, multiple photos are taken during the same event. These photos are assembled as a photographical report (in Dutch: “reportage”).

Between 1945-1990, Fotopersbureau De Boer maintained an index of various subjects (in Dutch: “onderwerpskaarten”), ranging from the subject “afscheid” (goodbye) to “zand” (sand). To search the photos by subject, as assigned by Fotopersbureau De Boer, use the filter titled “Onderwerp De Boer, 1945-1990”.

Fotopersbureau De Boer (1945-2004)

Fotopersbureau De Boer was established by Cees de Boer in 1945 in Haarlem. In 1983, son Poppe de Boer followed in his father’s footsteps and continued the business until 2004. More information regarding the collection and personal stories about Fotopersbureau De Boer can be found here (in Dutch).

The collection consists of around 2 million 135 film photos from the period 1960-2004, 65.000 roll film, 40.000 sheet film, and 6.000 photographic plates.

Over the years, Fotopersbureau De Boer has also been known as: Fotopersbureau C. De Boer, United Photo’s, United Photos De Boer, UP De Boer en Fotoburo De Boer. The following photographers are known to have worked for the company: Cees de Boer, Poppe de Boer, Arthur Bastiaanse, Marisa Beretta, Milan de Bie, Gerald van Daalen, Cynthia van Dijke, Jur Engelchor, Edwin Heeremans, Rob Hendriks, Bart Homburg, Nils van Houts, Frans Jongen, Simon Keesman, Olaf Kraak, Theo Kubauch (Kampa), Jerry Lampen, Frans van der Linde, Robin van Lonkhuyzen, Rick Nederstigt, Pieter van Parreeren, Ron Pichel, Michel Schnater, Babette Stapel, Fred Steenman, Koen Suyk, Marco de Swart, Willem ten Veldhuys en Paul Vreeker.

Creation of searchable data

Fotopersbureau De Boer has an extensive administration of photo reports (“reportages”). The results of a days’ worth of photography were recorded with a concise caption in chronological logs (1952-2004). Similar captions were registered in the subject index (1945-1990) divided into 1500 different topics.

The data from the subject index (1945-1990) and logs (1990-2004) was transposed by volunteers in 2016. In 2021, the data was linked to the corresponding photographs. Photos that could not be connected to any data from Fotopersbureau De Boer’s administration, were interpreted by volunteers and provided with a new description. These photo reports are marked by a letter at the end of their reportage number.

Do you have a suggestion to improve the description of a photo? Perhaps you recognize someone, or know where and when the picture was taken? Please let us know by clicking on the red button titled “Voeg reactie toe” and filling in the response form.

Thank you volunteers!


The Noord-Hollands Archief holds the rights of all images from the collection Fotopersbureau De Boer, and has made the entire collection available for use with a Creative Commons Zero public domain license (CC0). This means you can download and use all images from Beeldbank Fotopersbureau De Boer for free. However, when using an image, source citation is much appreciated. For example: [description], Noord-Hollands Archief, Collection Fotopersbureau De Boer, [inventory number]

If you feel that the publication of certain images should only have been done with your approval, please contact us through


The Noord-Hollands Archief respects each individual’s right to privacy and acts in accordance to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) concerning personal data. The full privacy statement of the Noord-Hollands Archief can be found here. This statement also applies to the collection Fotopersbureau De Boer. If you have any question concerning this topic, please contact us through

Outdated/derogatory language

Archives are formed in the past. It is possible that certain words might appear in the descriptions of our collection that were common in the past, but are now considered hurtful, racist, and/or discriminatory. The Noord-Hollands Archief has chosen to transpose original descriptions without alterations, for the sake of historical accuracy. Therefore, derogatory language might appear in certain descriptions. These descriptions, including offensive or harmful terms, are retained as documents of the issues and social context of a specific time and the attitudes and opinions of the people who created the material. As such, changing the description would lead to an erasure of these views. We do, however, strive to add additional contextual information whenever applicable.

If you think that we should revise a description due to its inappropriate language, please contact us via with “language” as subject.

Fotografisch Geheugen

Both the digitization the collection of Fotopersbureau De Boer, and the process of making the collection accessible, are part of a project titled Fotografisch Geheugen (2020-2022). More information about this project can be found here.

With the help of volunteers, we are training AI to recognize what is depicted on images to increase the searchability of historical photo collections and to research various search methods during 2021-2022. The results of this research are expected at the end of 2022.

Fotografisch Geheugen is made possible by the Mondriaan Fund and the Prins Berhard Cultuurfonds.