Dutch Graffiti Library
The decision to name our collection and activities Dutch Graffiti Library goes back to 2014. We aspire for the future to put this collection at the service of education, museums and research, and to make it comprehensible to the public. It must serve as a modern library, both online and physical. The collection consists of an overview of more than 30 years of graffiti, recorded and documented in thousands of original mainly personally taken photographs, blackbooks with original sketches of many writers from everywhere, books, magazines, prints, silkscreens and posters.
Rockarchive Amsterdam was founded in 2004 as a photogallery with a growing collection of classic images of rock and jazz, taken by the world’s leading music photographers. The Rockarchive Collection contains the work of more than 50 renowned photographers from around the globe who contributed their finest images to the collection. Rockarchive Amsterdam retails also a selection of beautiful images of Amsterdam Graffiti in collaboration with Dutch Graffiti Library .
Dutch Graffiti Library is ‘Friend of Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam’. As ‘friend’ one has heart for the Special Collections of Amsterdam University. A friend can be researcher, collectioner, culturally interested in general, involved professional or supporter of a specific field of collecting.
In this publication we take you to the cradle and the origin of the Dutch Graffiti Library. Why? We believe that our mentality, pleasure and passion leads back to where we come from … IJmuiden mid ‘80s. Under the smoke of the blast furnaces in the roadside of the elevated rail lines, bunkers and industry. In the other half of the publication we show you the highlights from our current collection. This is the 1st edition in the series ‘Graffiti Heritage’, a concept of Dutch Graffiti Library. We pursues maintaining the graffiti culture and shedding light on the various aspects of this culture by a series of publication. Focus is on the less traditional subjects, towns and ‘writers’.
Publication: Graffiti. New York meets the Dam – Amsterdam 2015. A 56 pages full colour publication made by the Dutch Graffiti Library in collaboration with Mick La Rock, published in private management in relation to the exhibition ‘Graffiti. New York meets the Dam’ in the Amsterdam Museum.