back to the sixties in Amsterdam – photo’s by Ed van der Elsken

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Photo: Ed van der Elsken – Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 1961

Ed van der Elsken is famous for his photo’s of people in the streets of Amsterdam in the 50’s and 60’s. He used to wander the streets all day long and photograph the daily life of the ‘ordinary’ people in Amsterdam. Nowadays his pictures give a lively and detailed impression of what life was like in those days.
Vintage prints and new material that has never been published before will be exhibited this summer in the Stadsarchief Amsterdam.
Dont miss it! This exhibition is a must do, even when you’re not a fan of photography.

Amsterdam! Ed van der Elsken, vintage photo’s 1947-1970
June 6 – September 14, 2014
Stadsarchief Amsterdam
Vijzelstraat 32
1017 HL Amsterdam
Tickets: € 6,-

famous Dutch Photography Festival near Amsterdam


Photo Festival Naarden

FotoFestival Naarden (FFN) is the oldest photo festival in The Netherlands and one of the largest, focussing on Dutch photography by new talents as well as established artists.

The theme of the festival this year is:
Don’t stay here – Dutch photography on the move
The festival wants to show the vision of Dutch photographers on the world.

The festival is located on several locations in the old centre of Naarden, which is an old  walled city in the shape of a star surrounded by water (see the map). The centre is very authentic, with small streets with beautiful houses and some nice restaurants. The fortress walls are beautifully restored, they form an interesting park around the centre of Naarden and are worth a visit in itself.

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It takes about 50 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station to Naarden, but it’s certainly worth the trip. This is the description of the journey, by train and bus (1 change). You can start the trip every hour at Amsterdam Central Station, every day except for Sundays. Sunday the journey is more complicated, check the public transport journey planner.

Festival days: May 18 until June 23, 2013
Opening hours:
Monday through Thursday           11.00 – 17.00 uur
Friday through Sunday                 10.00 – 18.00 uur
Tickets available on location


know anyone who lived in Amsterdam from 1920 to 1960?


actor Louis Gimberg as a villan in a play from Biro

If you have friends or family who lived in Amsterdam from 1920 untill 1960, you might recognize him or her in the vast picture base of This is Dutch for “save a portrait”: the site holds a recovered base of over 40K glass plate negatives. These are all portraits of people pictured by famous Amsterdam photographer Merkelbach, but their names are largely unknown. His studio was in the city center and anyone who could afford it went there to get a family picture. He pictured also many Amsterdam celebrities. Unfortunately the site is in Dutch, but if you had family living here, back then, you could search, for instance by name. Don’t know anyone? Then the site is fun to visit anyhow, because the pictures show how people dressed and looked like.

Diane Arbus in FOAM

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A mere 21 days is left, but it is very worthwhile anyway. So do hurry and visit Diane Arbus‘ photo exposition in FOAM. It’s very impressive, but certainly not funny or upbeat. Her pictures of very unconventional people in black and white, shot at the beginning of the sixties, are sometimes gloomy, but will leave an everlasting impression upon you. This is one of FOAM’s best ever, which calls it “contemporary anthropology portraits”

Diane Arbus photo’s can be seen untill January 13, 2013 at FOAM on Keizersgracht 609. Minding the crowds? If you visit FOAM on a Sunday around 5 PM, you’ll have the complete exposition for yourself, until 6 PM.

new photography fair in Amsterdam: Unseen

It’s new and it’s promising: photography fair Unseen.

More than 50 galleries from around the world will participate in this first edition of Unseen.
In addition to the fair, a wide range of activities will create a festival-like atmosphere.
“Fashion!”, a selection of Photographs from the Camera Work Collection, is part of the festival.

Check it out:
September 19 to 23, 2012
Klonne plein 1, 1014 Westerpark, Amsterdam, Nederland