Liesbeth Ouwehand

Liesbeth Ouwehand  is curator of photography. She specializes in (historical) photography and photography of Southeast Asia in particular.


Previously, Liesbeth worked as a curator of South and Southeast Asian photography in the Leiden University Library, where she was responsible for the photo collections of the Kern Institute and KITLV. She’s interested in the materiality of photographs and the context that this materiality gives to photos and photo albums. Her current research focuses on ethical issues regarding online presentation of (colonial) war photography.

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming in 2020. ‘Chinese photographers and elite networks in the Dutch East Indies’ in Amek Gambar / Taking pictures: Peranakans and Photography: Singapore:  Peranakan Museum.
  • 2017. ‘A proper send-off: farewell albums in the Netherlands Indies’ in: Alexander Reeuwijk (ed), Voyage of Discovery: Exploring the collections of the Asian Library at Leiden University. Leiden: Leiden University Press.
  • 2017. ‘Chinese photographers and their clientele in the Netherlands Indies’, Wacana: Jurnal ilmu pengetahuan budaya 18 (2): 315-342.
  • 2016. ‘Indië in Amsterdam’, De Boekenwereld: Blad voor bijzondere collecties 32 (4): 28-29.
  • 2014. ‘Disastrous encounters: photographic representations of catastrophe in the Dutch East Indies’, Moving Worlds: A journal of transcultural writings 14 (2): 46-60.
  • 2013. ‘Photographic representations of the performing Indonesian’, in: Bart Barendregt en Els Bogaerts (eds), Recollecting Resonances: Indonesian-Dutch Musical Encounters. Leiden:Brill.
  • 2009. Herinneringen in Beeld: Fotoalbums uit Nederlands-Indië. Leiden: KITLV uitgeverij.