Ernst Lalleman

´Who are we´ is a photography project of documentary photographer Ernst Lalleman.

The objective of this project is to return these vintage sixty year old allegedly lost portraits to the portrayed people, their families or beloved ones. Currently 41 people have got their photo back and most of them were not aware of its existence or didn´t have the photo anymore.
I found these 235 large format color negatives once upon a time in an abandoned building in the centre of The Hague, The Netherlands.

Please get in contact with me if you have a question or if you recognise a person. (For the file number of the photo: click on it and then click on the “i” in the right corner)

The images encourage the viewer to look longer and to imagine the lives of the portrayed people.
This project connects well with what I advocate for in my work as a documentary photographer: to engage with the subject and with photographs in general.

Currently I am working on the next step of the project: to tell the stories of the people who appear in the original portraits. What has happened since their photo was taken sixty years ago? How do they perceive the photograph and the collection? My objective is to move away from a "then and now" photo because I believe there is more to be told of these people´s lives. I am looking for a visual investigation in the relationship that these people have with the image and the time when it was taken.

Several online news platforms have published about the project and articles were published in two Dutch national newspapers. I also appeared on Dutch national television to speak about the project.

On the press page you can find a complete list of publications about the project.


Mobile: +34 633 428 010 or send a message through the contactform.

Dozen met grootbeeld negatieven Foto Americain Den Haag
Dozen met grootbeeld negatieven Foto Americain Den Haag
Dozen met grootbeeld negatieven Foto Americain Den Haag
​Dozen met grootbeeld negatieven Foto Americain Den Haag
Dozen met grootbeeld negatieven Foto Americain Den Haag
Dozen met grootbeeld negatieven Foto Americain Den Haag
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