The city’s museums and galleries have opened their doors and are ready to show you work from cutting-edge photographers. In light of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must book a time slot online before visiting the gallery and follow directions once you’re there.
Fresh Eyes Photo Fair
Fresh Eyes Photo Fair fills the gap left by the cancellation of Unseen Amsterdam this year. Organised by GUP Magazine and Haute Photographie, this photo fair focuses on fine art photography. Galleries participating in the fair include Kahmann Gallery, Galerie Bart and Howard Greenberg Gallery among others. This is a fantastic opportunity to see work by the likes of Bastiaan Woudt, Miriam Kruishoop, Katarina Juričić, Danielle Kwaaitaal, Thomas Vandenberghe and many others. There's also a book market where you can see vintage prints by Andy Warhol and contemporary photographers. Fresh Eyes is in the Gashouder at Westergas in Amsterdam.
Until 16-20 September // Fresh Eyes Photo Fair at Westergas
Foam's latest exhibition features the work of Magnum photographer Alec Soth. Known for recording life at the margins of American society, this new work show that artist moving out into the wider world following a period of seclusion. I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating is a departure from his earlier work in that his lens is more inward looking resulting in poignant images that reveal as much as they conceal. Each image is given ample space in the gallery allowing the viewer to engage and appreciate each photograph. This new series makes its museum debut at Foam. Don't miss these intimate portraits.
Until 6 December 2020 // Foam
At the very beginning of the 1990s American photographer Remsen Wolff spent a month at the American Hotel in Amsterdam to work on his project Special Girls - A Celebration. His focus was on transgender people from New York and Amsterdam, both performers and those struggling with their gender identity. Spread over two rooms at Foam, the portraits are every bit exuberant and glamorous as they are subdued and vulnerable. It's fascinating to pore over the contact sheets where character is revealed, and where a pride in identity is evident. For the most part, the images are black and white, which only enhances the power within.
Until 6 December 2020 // Foam
World Press Photo
Each year De Nieuwe Kerk hosts World Press Photo, an annual award and exhibition highlighting the very best in documentary photography. I look forward to it every year knowing that I’m going to be angered, dismayed, informed and impressed. It has once again lived up to its reputation with another thought-provoking take on a maddening world. Falling into eight categories, images present major issues and events that sometimes captivated the world’s attention. There are enough stories in the environment category alone. The devastating fires in Australia show a car literally melting as aluminium reaches the necessary 680 degrees to liquefy as people are stranded on a nearby beach. Lake Urmia, once one of the world’s largest salt lakes in northwest Iran is seen drying-up and in Siberia we can see the massive Batagaika crater, formed by melting permafrost, threatening to release vast amounts of methane and impact indigenous communities. These are just a few of the amazing sequences of images in store for you. Image: World Press Photo of the Year, Straight Voice, Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse.
Until 29 November // De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
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