Amsterdam Happenings

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Friday, June 25, 2004

A quick note on things going on around town.

Each year in May/June there is a great exhibit of press photos sponsored by World Press Photo. Since its foundation in the Netherlands in 1955, World Press Photo has evolved into an independent platform of photojournalism with its main aim to support and promote the work of professional press photographers internationally. Each year they choose the best press photos in various categories and mount large images of them in a display at the Oudekerk (Old Church). We went last year and it was just spectacular. Very moving photos from all over the world covering all sorts of world events. Last year we were struck by the number of pictures covering disease and famine, as well as wars all over the world. This year there was definitely less disease and a lot more war. It was actually pretty depressing. Again, beautifully moving photos, but seeing so much violence so vividly was hard. On a lighter note, there was a series on twins taken at the annual twin convention in Twinsburg, Ohio, which was really nice.

Click here to jump to more info on the World Press Photo
To see the photos in this year's exhibit, choose Winners 2004 and look through the various categories.

Every year in June, for one weekend, over 25 gardens hidden behind buildings on the canals are open to the public. For $12 you can walk all over the center of Amsterdam looking at these various gardens. Although some of them are behind museums and are normally accessible with museum entry, there are also many private gardens and some that are associated with galleries that one would never know to look for. At the photo museum, FOAM, there was also an exhibit of photographs from the family album of Anne Frank. Otto Frank, her father, was very interested in photography and took many pictures which were then put into an album just like any other family would have done. It was a bonus to see this exhibit after visiting the garden.

The garden pictures speak louder than our descriptions, so enjoy the photos!

On July 4 we went to another small venue to see Steve Winwood. The place held about 750 people. We arrived 15 minutes before showtime, bought tickets at the door ($30) and still were able to be right at the rail - although on the 3rd floor. Still, it's amazing to see these people at such small venues here and for tickets to often be available same day.

Melanie & Chris

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