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Swedish photographer Paul Hansen wins 56th World Press Photo

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Photographer Paul Hansen of the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter has won the 56th World Press Photo for a very powerful image of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City.

Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher.

View the entire collection of winning images from the 56th World Press Photo Contest here.

The winners were selected from over 100,000 images that were submitted by a total of 5,666 professional photographers from 124 countries in a number of categories: general and spot news, sports action and features, nature, people in the news, contemporary issues, daily life, portraits, arts and entertainment.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the photos live when they are exhibited at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, from 26 April 2013 – 23 June 2013. I’ve been going every year since 2009 and the photos have always amazed, inspired, surprised and shocked me.

The exhibition travels all over the world and is visited by two million people every year. I can’t recommend it enough. To see when there will be a World Press event in your city, check here.

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Amsterdam mix, by Kostas Giannikoulis

My cousin, Kostas, is a DJ and he put together this collection of house mixes inspired by his recent trip to Amsterdam! Even though I don’t usually listen to this kind of music, I think this is pretty cool!

Turn up the volume and get ready for a great Saturay night, no matter what you do!

PechaKucha Night

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Just back from another burst of inspiration and creativity at PechaKucha Night, edition #24 in Amsterdam.

But what is it, you might ask? It’s an informal and fun gathering, where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really. From a newly finished building, a new piece of furniture, or an ad campaign, to a fashion line, a new event or any idea the world needs to know about!

A lot of people compare it to TED talks, but they are actually quite different. TED talks are more formal and top down, whereas PechaKucha is more informal and  bottom up, both brilliant though in their own way!

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, PechaKucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace, offering the audience the experience of a dazzling range of speakers and images in the course of one evening. No more boring lectures, painful seminars or tiring presentations!

PechaKucha Night was first devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening all round the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.

If you’ve never heard of PechaKucha Nights, I highly recommend you look them up. With them now happening in over 600 cities around the world, I’m pretty sure there is one taking place very close to where you live. And you can either attend to get a dose of inspiration or even present something you love and are passionate about!

Diane Arbus exhibition at Foam

Two weeks ago, I went to the Diane Arbus exhibition at the Foam Museum in Amsterdam. It did a major retrospective with 200 of Arbus’ bold and powerful photographs, including all of the artist’s iconic shots and many that have never been exhibited before in the Netherlands.

“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.” – Diane Arbus

What to say about her artistic legacy? A woman fascinated by the unusual, a frontrunner, she broke the boundaries of traditional portraiture, taking photos of people from the extreme margins of American society in the 50’s and 60’s. “Outsiders”, like circus side-show performers, mentally disabled adults, midgets, transvestites, eccentrics and nudists, placing them in the mainstream. Photos that many times are hard to look at, yet hard to look away from. And although only rarely does Arbus physically appear in her own photographs, it feels like emotionally she’s in most of them.

It was a truly amazing exhibition… I feel very lucky to have seen the work of such a pivotal figure in contemporary photography…

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus

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Source of images: Google images

3rd Amsterdam Photo Walk

Today I joined the Amsterdam Photo Walk for the first time! We went to NDSM Werf, in the north of the city, and it was great fun, despite the snow, the sub-zero temperatures and the aching fingers!

I started off by snapping away with my Nikon D90, but ended up playing with the new toy I bought, the Holga iPhone lens. It’s a rotating disk equipped with 9 special effect lenses and it is addictive! I highly recommend it!

Here are some of the shots I took, which I posted on Instagram.

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Hartjesdagen 2012

Every year in August I love going to the Zeedijk for Hartjesdagen (Days of the Heart), which are celebrated with a lot of humor, cross dressing and fun. Hartjesdagen are famous for an ‘anything goes’ atmosphere with Amsterdam’s gay community taking a leading role. Here is one of my favourite characters this year! The full set can be found here.

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Madonna concert!

My third attempt to see Madonna live was successful and she didn’t disappoint! Sure, I would have liked a few more of her old songs and I did think the concert ended a bit abruptly, but overall it was quite an impressive show. There goes one more thing off my bucket list! :)

One of the best parts of the concert was when she sang “Nobody knows me” with a very artistic video in the background that puts the spotlight on current world issues, like intolerance, violence, prejudice and discrimination. Using the power of music she got a very strong message across, with the added bonus of a nice creative touch.

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