Noud was drawn to the land, a rambler who sought tranquility in the country. Many of his photographs capture the ever changing landscape and highlight his concern for the environment. The pictures themselves offer an historical and conceptual logic, confirming established traditions while at the same time providing evidence of overlooked everyday experiences. His vision and interests appear to unite the peoples of Ireland, France and the Netherlands; instilling a sense of an enchanted forgone era.
Noud Aartsen (1932-2010) was born in Noord-brabant, a province in the Netherlands. He studied Photography in The Hague and in 1956 he opened a photo Studio in Oirschot. Noud travelled extensively on photographic assignments, spending time in France, Israel and Palestine. In 1977, he relocated to Ireland, where he lived and worked for four years. Artsen published numerous books and his photographic series were featured in journals and newspapers throughout Europe. Over his lifetime, he accumulated more than 25,000 negatives, creating an extensive archive. Upon his death, his life’s work was donated to the Barbant Collection,Tilburg,The Netherlands.