The Dutch Were Taking Uncomfortable Portraits Before Anyone Else

One day, people in the future will look at pictures of us and laugh at how outdated our clothes look. It’s the circle of life. And nothing reminds us of this fact better than looking at pictures of people from the past, and laughing at how silly they look. Our turn will come eventually, and it’s best to embrace it.

This collection of color photographs from the Netherlands dates back to the 1970’s. They were originally lost to time, until collector Jean Paul Arends recently rediscovered them. Now, they provide a window into how studio photography looked way back in the day. Turns out, Olan Mills had a Dutch cousin who had the same knack for bringing out people’s inner discomfort.

1. Miss Congeniality

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2. Snow White

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3. Fierce

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4. That’s chair abuse.

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5. Hercules would like those back, ma’am.

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6. The Little Drummer Girl

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7. Librarian Chic

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8. They told her she couldn’t pull off a zippered turtleneck-ascot combo, and they were 100% correct.

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9. Damn it, mom.

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10. When hunting models, try using a decoy camera.

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11. Were chairs first introduced to the Netherlands right before this was taken?

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12. Tennis, anyone? No? Then how about an unwanted neck rub?

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13. The almost-upskirt.

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14. This was also the cover of the Spring 1997 issue of Swingers Quarterly.

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15. If you got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t, flaunt it twice as hard.

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