In the 1950s, the photo book The Family of Man made a lasting, deep impression on Aloys Ginjaar (Amsterdam, 1946). This optimistic, lyrical view of the world inspired him to record life. 'Long live life!' remains his motto because he takes life as it appears before his loving eyes. As he says: "If you don't play along, you can watch the game better."
His work has been published three times in the World Press Photo book, exhibited in the Amsterdam City Hall, at the Affordable Art Fair (via Eduard Planting Gallery), in the society of artists' association Arti et Amicitiae and auctioned at Sotheby's in Amsterdam.
Moreover, Ginjaar has always been committed to the photography world. For example, since 2000 he has organized the Photographers Evening, an informal and stimulating meeting place for the professional photo world. In addition, in 2004 – based on an idea by Peter-Paul Huf and with the support of Petra Ruisendaal – the Portfolio Photographers Evening was created, which is held four times a year at Arti et Amicitiae, of which Ginjaar is a member as an artist.
From 2011 to 2015, Ginjaar curated group exhibitions of Dutch photography at the New York Photo Festival and Photoville New York. In 2013 he was awarded the Golden Age Award for his commitment to Dutch photography.
Ginjaar is member of the prestigious Dutch Artist Association Arti et Amicitiae.