...to Jesse, photography was always a means of rendering human relationships visible...
André Maurois, Vrouwen van Parijs, Utrecht 1954
Voetsporen van Rembrandt. Een beeldbiografie, A.W. Bruna & Zoon, Utrecht 1956
Menschen in London. Fotos von Nico Jesse. Einleitung von Willy Haas. Im Bertelsmann Lesering. Gütersloh / Sigbert Mohn Verlag / 1959 / Erstausgabe / s. p. (112 S.) / HLwd. / 24x19.7cm
Mensen in Rome, Van Loghum Slaterus, Arnhem 1960,
Menschen in Berlin. Fotos von Nico Jesse. Einleitung von Franz Tumler. Im Bertelsmann Lesering. Gütersloh / Sigbert Mohn Verlag / 1960 / s. p. (120 S.) / geb. (HLwd.) / 24x19.7cm
Haveman, Mariette (ed.)
Nico Jesse was best known for his photo-book Women of Paris, published in 1954; his candid pictures of women going about their daily occupations convey the vitality of the city. Two years later the book was reprinted in a paperback edition; over the next few years it appeared in several countries, including Japan. Characteristic of Jesse's work, the pictures reflect his unconventional, almost filmic treatment: people are the focal aspect and movement is often an essential element. The use of flashlight to make the figures stand out from the background is another typically Jessean device. It is not so very surprising that he made his name with a book, for his strength lay less in the individual image than in a succession of them.
1911 Nico Adriaan Jesse is born on August 22 in Rotterdam.
VTF 25: NV Vaalser Textiel Fabriek 25 jaar. Text Clare Lennart (essay); J.H.M.L. Melotte-Maussen (foreword). Photography, layout NicoJesse