Gijsbert Hanekroot

Dutch photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot (Brussels, 1945) started his career as a photographer of rock musicians in the late sixties. Back then, the rock scene was not quite the well-oiled machine it is today. Things still had to be invented: light installations, sound, promotion, organization, crowd control. This also applied to music journalism and photography. Almost every week, new groups were being discovered. Every single day, people were learning things and adapting them.

Hanekroot’s development as a photographer essentially ran parallel to developments in the music scene. He travelled frequently and came face to face with the music icons of that period. His photos can be divided into four categories: concert photos, studio photos, portraits and photos made at press conferences.

Gijsbert stopped being a professional photographer in 1983 and became an entrepreneur. A few years ago he began to digitize his archives. This led to the publication of Abba..Zappa Seventies Rock Photography (published in 2008) and exhibitions in a.o. Paris, London, Moscow, Tokyo and Amsterdam.


1994 Rock around the camera: 40 jaar popfotografie in Nederland. Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands, group exhibition

2005 Pophelden van de jaren zeventig. Newsphoto, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2009 Abba to Zappa, Seventies Rock Photography. Museum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, Netherlands

2012 MuziQ Seventies Rock Photography by Gijsbert Hanekroot, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012 Rock- and documentary photography, Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2013 Abba..Zappa Seventies Rock Photography, Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russian Federation

2014 Pop Heroes and Rock Idols, from Abba to Zappa, Loft Project Etagi, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

2014 Gijsbert Hanekroot Seventies Rock Photography, De Kring Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014 From ABBA to ZAPPA, Kazan City Hall, Russian Federation

2015 January - March Gijsbert Hanekroot: Seventies Rock Photography, Blitz Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2016 January - April Bowie by Hanekroot: Noorderlicht Photography, Groningen, Netherlands


London: Proud Galleries, 161 Kings Road, SW3 5XP

Paris: La Galerie Stardust, 19 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth - 75003 Paris,

Moscow: Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Bolotnaya Embankment, 3,

Tokyo: Blitz Gallery, 6-20-29, Shimomeguro Meguro-Ku,

Amsterdam: Eduard Planting Gallery, Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2 links, 1016 KS Amsterdam,