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21 June 2020 – Coup de coeur for…

Coup de ❤️ for the photos of Romain Laurendeau and his series on “Kho, the genesis of a revolt” depicting the demonstrations against the sclerotic military-backed regime of Algeria: a country where the “80 plus” generation leads the “30 minus” population – How can that work? Romain Laurendeau is among the people when he takes his pictures. One of his shots stuck in my memory: the portrait of this woman in the crowd looking at the young boy on the shoulders of a demonstrator. Photojournalism at its best, chapeau!

April 2019 ©Romain Laurendeau
April 2019 ©Romain Laurendeau
April 2019 ©Romain Laurendeau
April 2019 ©Romain Laurendeau
April 2019 ©Romain Laurendeau
April 2019 ©Romain Laurendeau

20 June 2020 – WorldPress Photo in Amsterdam

The world press photo edition 2020 is again in the beautiful Nieuwe Kerk on the Dam in Amsterdam. A regular rendez-vous with photography. Many subjects cover the world events, my favourite. This year, an excellent series by Romain Laurendeau on the Kho movement in Algeria. More to come on that.

Kho, the genesis of a revolt ©Romain Laurendeau
©Nicolas Asfouri
©Farouk Batiche
©Alessio Mamo
©Dai Kurokawa
©Lorenzo Tugnoli
©Mark Peterson

13 June 2020 – Colourful Vivian Maier

After several months of coronhibernation, it seems that the world has decided to continue turning. FOAM in Amsterdam has reopened its doors and offers a small travel through the 1970’s of Vivian Maier in full colours. Vivian Maier was well known post mortem (she died poor and anonymous in 2009) for her discrete black and white street photography but we can see here a series of color photographies showing an America yet familiar (clothes, attitudes, expressions, black children with fear in their eyes, black men selling cheap items on the street, huge cars passing by) but at the same time an America that is no longer: Those white women with excentric wild glasses, curlers and fancy dresses, tailleurs and white gloves are no longer strolling the streets of Chicago, New York or elsewhere. At that time, Nixon was president and America was undisputed. Its people were living their American dream, mostly unconscious, if not ignorant, of the surroundings. As the newspaper reports: “Bombs saved lives” said Nixon… and they believed it. 50 years later, the black children still have fear in their eyes, black men are still having lesser jobs but those white ignorant people that believe that America is stil the way it was are no longer nonchalant and insouciant – and that’s the way it should be.

Untitled, 1956 ©Vivian Maier
Chicago, 1973 ©Vivian Maier
Chicago, 1972 ©Vivian Maier
Untitled, 1973 ©Vivian Maier
Chicago, July 1977 ©Vivian Maier
Chicago, April 1977 ©Vivian Maier
Untitled, 1972 ©Vivian Maier
Untitled, 1973 ©Vivian Maier
Milwaukee, 1967 ©Vivian Maier
Chicago, 1962 ©Vivian Maier

27 March 2020 – Coup de coeur for…

Coup de ❤️ for the photos of Jule Forth. Jule is a talented young lady with a mission: as a cultural anthropologist, she wants to “visually document the (extra) ordinariness of everyday life”. She’s done that in Leiden, her hometown, India and Iran. In these troubled times of staying at home, a refreshing view on mankind and stunning pictures of far away. I highly recommend a visit to her website here.

Serie “Dear India”, Holy river scenes ©Jule Forth
Serie “Dear India”, Gendered space(s) ©Jule Forth
Serie “Dear India”, Hay Labour ©Jule Forth

12 March 2020: Homage to Humanity in Maastricht

While passing by in Maastricht, a nice step out to a humanity on its way to extinction. Jimmy Nelson is exhibiting his Homage to Humanity at the Museum aan het Vrijthof: beautiful people magnificently shot by Nelson with respect and care. And Stephanie van der Wiel is not far…

Kazakh © Jimmy Nelson
Longhorn Miao in China © Jimmy Nelson

1 March 2020 – a “grand monsieur” of Dutch photography Eddy Posthuma de Boer

A new discovery today: the massive oeuvre of Eddy Posthuma de Boer. A giant in the footsteps of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ed van der Elsken and Robert Doisneau. At 88, Eddy can look back at more than 60 years of pictures taken all over the world. Nostalgia for a world that was and is no more, for an Amsterdam that one can only dream about today. His colour portraits of the 70’s in the Netherlands are particularly touching – one can clearly see the evolution of the population of then and now. Eddy Posthuma de Boer was a photojournalist. He preferred greatly having one of his photographs on the front page of a newspaper and thereby reaching 275,000 readers at once, rather than a few hundreds at an exhibit. The photomuseum in The Hague is however paying a well-deserved homage to this great and modest giant.

Rustenburgerstraat 393, Amsterdam 1957 ©Eddy Posthuma de Boer
Bookshop on the Clerqstraat, Amsterdam 1958 ©Eddy Posthuma de Boer
Miss Holland Peagant, Amsterdam 1959 ©Eddy Posthuma de Boer
Northern Ireland, 1969 ©Eddy Posthuma de Boer
Northern Ireland, 1969 ©Eddy Posthuma de Boer

11 January 2020 – A tribute to flowers

Exceptional series of breath-taking portraits of flowers – a “tribute to flowers”, by photographer Richard Fischer at the flowerart museum of Aalsmeer.

©Richard Fischer
©Richard Fischer
©Richard Fischer
©Richard Fischer

24 November 2019 – 3 exhibits at Fotomuseum Den Haag

Three very different exhibits at Fotomuseum Den Haag: Richard Learoyd, known for his portraits of sad looking skinny ladies but much preferred for his black and white landscapes, “La Soupe de Daguerre” displaying some of the photographs owned by the museum and finally a small exhibit of early photographs, when “Photography becomes Art” exploring the history of this art with spectacular views taken in the XIXth century.

#3 July 2015 ©Richard Learoyd
Lanzarote ©Richard Learoyd
La soupe de Daguerre, 1975 ©Marcel Broodthaers
Red, yellow and blue candles, 1980 ©Iain Baxter
Anton, with text about his father, 1978 ©Anton Heyboer
Paleisstraat, Amsterdam, ca. 1935 ©Johan Huijsen

16 November 2019 – On/Off Document Nederland

Documenting The Netherlands today. This is the task Martijn van de Griendt was given by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, with emphasis on the new codes of behaving around modern technologies and in groups. Bright colours, young and old, an in-depth dive into the Dutch society and the psyche of the country.

Lowland Festival ©Martijn van de Griendt
Toilets at the Hema ©Martijn van de Griendt
Carnaval in Breda ©Martijn van de Griendt

8 November 2019 – Henri Cartier Bresson in China

A marvellous exhibition of the fascinating Henri Cartier-Bresson’s trips to China in the periods 1948-1949 and again 1958. This very broad display shows a wide range of well-known photographs and also gems never seen before. It also provides an in-depth view on how HCB worked. Definitely worth an extended visit.

An oil workers union walks to administration headquarters to announce their production quotas. Yumen, Gobi desert, August 1958 ©Henri Cartier-Bresson
A simple soul near the forbidden city, Beijing, Décember 1948 ©Henri Cartier-Bresson
Gold rush, the last day of Kuomintang, Shanghai, December 1948 ©Henri Cartier-Bresson
Men exercising in the Tai Miao gardens, Beijing, December 1948 ©Henri Cartier-Bresson

7 November 2019 – Yann Arthus-Bertrand up in the air

An exhibit high in the air, on top of La Grande Arche in La Défense, for a photographer taking things from the heights… Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his beautiful shots from the skies: a marvel for the eyes.

Carpets in Marrakech ©Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Red ibis near Pedernales, Venezuela ©Yann Arthus-Bertrand
©Yann Arthus-Bertrand
©Yann Arthus-Bertrand

7 November 2019 – Paris Photo

Large Paris Photo fair in a wonderful place: le Grand Palais in Paris. A huge amount of artists, old and new, presented by a good hundred of international galleries. Difficult to make a representative selection of the art seen, so I will just give some of the pictures that I particularly enjoyed, with a coup de ♥️ for the crazy and wild images of Hassan Hajjaj.

Cardi B Unity, 20171438 © Hassan Hajjaj, Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
© Hassan Hajjaj, Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
© Hassan Hajjaj, Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Still lives 3, 2005 ©Maria Friberg
Hanna Hall © Sumiko Iwamuro
Man with bandage, 1968 © Fred Herzog (already seen in Ottawa)
Mari Hirao and Yui Yamamoto operating Gen H-4 flying machines, Nagano, Japan, 2016
© Tim Walker
© Pieter Hugo

28 September 2019 – A new generation

The association Stadsfotograaf Leiden gives a yearly opportunity to a photographer to portray the city and its inhabitants. In 2018-2019, this chance was given to a group of seven young women anthropologists. The result of their work was displayed in the local newspaper and also in an exhibition.

©Lina de Los Rios Torres
©Jule Forth

28 September 2019 – Endangered species

Jimmy Nelson relentlessly travels to the most remote places on Earth to document the vast diversity of the human species. He brings back stunning pictures of our humanity. He calls it its “Homage to Humanity”, a magnificent collection of individual histories and a warning signal for a future without them? A small scale exhibition of some of his photographs is presented for a month at Kunsthuis Leiden.

Miguel Martinez Lopez, Chichimeca Jonaz
Misión de Chichimecas, Guanajuato, Mexico 2017 ©Jimmy Nelson
Marilena and Marisol, Q’ero
Qochamoqo, Hatun Q’eros, Andes, Peru 2018 ©Jimmy Nelson
Yangshuo Cormorants China, 2005 ©Jimmy Nelson

21 September 2019 – Visit at Unseen Amsterdam

Now a classic, the Unseen festival took place over the weekend at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam for its 8th edition. An occasion to see multiple facets of the photographic art, from classic black and white to the wildest uses of the medium. Young and old artists are confronting or complementing each other. Connoisseurs, collectors and ordinary people are strolling through the large exhibition area in the iconic gas tank. A surprise this year: the presence of Deck Gallery of Singapore exhibiting several pieces representing Singapore, among which an amazing “Hanging heavy on my eyes” by Ang Song Nian denouncing the haze issue in Singapore.

©Daido Moriyama
©Tokyo Rumando
Cypress Days 1, 2019 ©Yuval Yairi
TARACO, 2018 ©Izumi Miyazaki
Sans Titre (Vietnam), nº6 ©Adrien Boyer
The Knight (I), 2018 ©Jean-François Lepage
False Idol series, 2016-present ©Leonard Suryajaya
Hanging heavy on my eyes, 2019 ©Ang Song Nian

14 September 2019 – Eugène Atget in passing…

Berenice Abbott acquired a substantial fraction of Atget’s negatives in June, 1928, and quickly started work on its promotion. Abbott’s work on Atget’s behalf continued until her sale of the archive to the Museum of Modern Art in 1968. She published several books of Atget’s oeuvre like The World of Atget (1964), A Vision of Paris (1963), published a portfolio, Twenty Photographs, and wrote essays. Her efforts helped Atget gain international recognition. At the occasion of the retrospective of Abbott’s work at Huis Marseille, several Atget’s photographs printed by Abbott in 1956 are shown.

Eclips, April 1912 ©Eugène Atget
Street pavers, 1899-1900 ©Eugène Atget
Rue Saint-Rustique, March 1922 ©Eugène Atget

14 September 2019 – Berenice Abbott – Paris – New York

Berenice Abbott’s large retrospective at Huis Marseille covers her work from Paris to New York. She spent two years studying sculpture in Paris and Berlin and started her involvement with photography in 1923, when Man ray hired her as a darkroom assistant at his portrait studio in Montparnasse. Later on, she met and worked with Eugène Atget until his death. She then visited New York City where she realised most of her most famous work.

Construction, old and new from Washington Street, New York 1936 ©Berenice Abbott
Manhattan Skyline: South Street and Jones Street, 1936 ©Berenice Abbott
72nd street and 1st avenue, Manhattan, 1936 ©Berenice Abbott
Charles Lane, between West and Washington Street, 20 September 1938 ©Berenice Abbott
Bread Store 259 Bleecker Street, 1937 ©Berenice Abbott
Penn Station, Manhattan, 1935 ©Berenice Abbott

14 September 2019 – An encounter with Brassaï

Brassaï views of Paris and its people are all breath taking. A Paris that does not exist anymore. Phantoms and shadows of things passed. A nostalgic trip back to the Paris of the 30s to the 50s.

Couple in a Café, near the place d’Italie, c. 1932 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris
Seller of brushes, Paris, 50s © Estate Brassaï Succession
Morris column, Avenue de l’Observatoire, Paris 1934 © Estate Brassaï Succession
The stairs of Montmartre, paris 30s © Estate Brassaï Succession

14 September 2019 – Two giants in Amsterdam

Two photography giants are currently exhibited in Amsterdam. Brassaï at FOAM and Berenice Abbott at Huis Marseille with an extra thought to Eugène Atget, also shown in his relationship to Abbott. More impressions of these two exhibits in my news. Just follow the links. A ne manquer sous aucun prétexte!

9 September 2019 – a velvet revolution in Prague

The exhibition continues inside Queen Anne’s Summer Palace with photos dedicated to the velvet revolution of 1989. Seeing Havel and Dubček in the arms of each other is touching and allows strong souvenirs to resurface.

Prague, Národni třída, November 17th 1989 ©Jan Šilpoch
Prague, Wenceslas Square ©Miroslav Hucek
Prague, Wenceslas Square, November 24th 1989 ©Jan Šilpoch
Bratislava, SNP Square, November 22nd, 1989 ©Ján Lörincz
Prague, Wenceslas Square, November 22nd, 1989 ©Dana Kyndrová
Prague, Wenceslas Square, November 22nd, 1989 ©Jaroslav Kučera
Prague, Melantrich publishing house, November 1989 ©Miloň Novotný
Prague, Wenceslas Square, November 21st, 1989 ©Dana Kyndrová

9 September 2019 – Pád železné opony

1945: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent”. Winston Churchill

1989: the curtain rises in Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and other countries, to never descend again.

2019: 30 years have passed – Fantastic and touching open-air exhibition around the Queen Anne’s Summer Palace in the royal gardens of the Prague Castle to commemorate the events of 1989 throughout the once called “east block”.

Border crossing Kapitan Andrejevo, August 1989 ©Georgi Georgiev-Johny
Sofia, November 17th 1989 ©Ivan Grigorov
August 1989 ©Ferenc Rédei
Hegyeshalom, May 2nd 1989 ©Ferenc Rédei
Berlin, November 10th 1989 ©András Bankuti
Berlin, November 10th 1989 ©András Bankuti
Prague, Žitná Street, January 1989 ©Lubomír Kotek
Prague, August 21st 1989 ©András Bankuti
Warsaw, July 1989 ©Andrzej Iwanczuk

7 September 2019 – Helmut Newton in Dialogue…

… with other photographers around fashion and the female body. Large exhibition of his works from the years 1950-2000 but also several works of his contemporaries and influences from previous historical periods. Helmut Newton in Prague: sophistication and beauty at Museum Kampa, the former Sova’s mills on the eastern bank of the Kampa island on the river Vltava.

Portrait of Marlene Dietrich, 1940s ©Martin Munkacsi
Lisa Fonssagrives for Vogue, New York, 1940 ©Horst P. Horst
Jodie Foster, Hollywood, 1987 ©Helmut Newton
Père Lachaise, Paris, Tomb of Talma 1977 ©Helmut Newton
Annette and Angela, Lustgarten, Berlin, 1982 ©Sybille Bergemann
Untitled, 1980 ©Ute Mahler

1 September 2019 – Coal miners year Zero

Werner Mahler followed the miners of the Steinkohlenwerk Martin Hoop in 1975. An incredible testimony of the working conditions in the paradise of socialism. The coals miners are naked, with limited equipment and precarious working environment, extracting coal for the benefit of the homeland.

Steinkohlenwerk Martin Hoop Series 1975 ©Werner Mahler
Steinkohlenwerk Martin Hoop Series 1975 ©Werner Mahler
Steinkohlenwerk Martin Hoop Series 1975 ©Werner Mahler

1 September 2019 – Meet Bomber

Germany 1993 – 60 years after the rise of the nazi Germany, 48 years after its fall, in a suburb of Berlin… meet, thanks to Ute Mahler, the friendly and sympathetic “Bomber”, a young East-German, living his passion in full daylight…

Untitled (at home) Berlin-Lichtenberg 1993 ©Ute Mahler
Untitled (with a friend in the pub) Berlin-Lichtenberg 1993 ©Ute Mahler
Untitled (Bomber, his friend and son Robert) Berlin-Lichtenberg 1993 ©Ute Mahler

1 September 2019 – Zirkus Hein by Ute Mahler

Ute Mahler followed Zirkus Hein between 1973 and 1974 within the borders of the GDR. Beyond the specifics of being a circus in a communist country in the 70’s, it is the human beings that Ute met that make these pictures remarkable.

Zirkus Hein 1973-1974 ©Ute Mahler
Zirkus Hein 1973-1974 ©Ute Mahler
Zirkus Hein 1973-1974 ©Ute Mahler
Zirkus Hein 1973-1974 ©Ute Mahler

1 September 2019 – Ute & Werner Mahler beyond the borders of the GDR.

A large retrospective of the work of photographers and partners Ute (born 1949) and Werner (born 1950) Mahler, both from the German Democratic Republic. A series of portraits of a small town today, of a circus in the 1970s, of a neo-nazi in the 90s, or of coal miners in the 70s show a not-unexpected facet of human beings confronted to adversity, boredom or simply poor living conditions. Stunning photographs showing some poetry were no one expects to find any.

Kleinstadt Series 2015-2018 ©Ute&Werner Mahler
Kleinstadt Series 2015-2018 ©Ute&Werner Mahler
Kleinstadt Series 2015-2018 ©Ute&Werner Mahler
Kleinstadt Series 2015-2018 ©Ute&Werner Mahler
Kleinstadt Series 2015-2018 ©Ute&Werner Mahler
Kleinstadt Series 2015-2018 ©Ute&Werner Mahler

1 September 2019 – Krijn Giezen at GEM The Hague

Krijn Giezen (Noordwijk aan Zee 1939 – Caen 2011) was not really a photographer but used photography to document his discoveries and to develop, together with collages and installations mixing media, his conceptual art. He was fascinated by the smoking of fish on the coast line of The Netherlands and used this theme several times through the years.

Gutting and filleting smoked sprat, 1976 ©Krijn Giezen
Untitled installation, 1965 – 1989 © Krijn Giezen

18 July 2019 – Women to women

Objectifs, the Centre for Photography and film is boldly “examining Singapore women’s private lives, and queer female relationships” in two exhibits “The hour before she sleeps” by Mindy Tan and “How she loves” by Charmaine Poh. Nothing offensive (to me) despite the big warning at the door “Please note this exhibition is rated Restricted 18 (Homosexual content). Age-checks may be required prior to entering the gallery”. Showing artists whatever their sexual orientation is a big progress for Singapore as homosexuality is not officially recognised.

Her hair ©Mindy Tan
Golden girl, golden mane ©Mindy Tan
Prayers ©Mindy Tan
Swiping eyebrows ©Mindy Tan
©Charmaine Poh
©Charmaine Poh

18 July 2019 – Portrait of Home

Objectifs, the centre for photography and film in Singapore continues its discovery journey of the great photography artists of Singapore. After Mr Lui, it currently gives a large exposure to 87-year-old Lim Kwong Ling with his “Portrait of Home” exhibition. Breathtaking views of daily life in the Singapore of yesterday.

Children playing among oil barrels, Alexandra Rd, c. 1960s ©Lim Kwong Ling
Cat lover, Geylang Lor 3, c .1960’s ©Lim Kwong Ling
Collecting seaweed, making a living 1960 ©Lim Kwong Ling
Fisherman 1960 ©Lim Kwong Ling
Chapel Gallery

18 July 2019 – Meeting Mr Lui

I took the opportunity of a short trip to Singapore to meet my old friend and fellow photographer Mr. Lui. We spent an hour evoking souvenirs and browsing through an amazing collection of colour photos spanning the 60’s and 70’s and all the cultural communities of Singapore: another treasure worth discovering.

17 June 2019 – Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a son of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A visit to the Steel City was an occasion to also pay a visit to the museum dedicated to the artist, as Warhol took his inspiration from existing photographs.

White Burning Car III, 1963 ©Andy Warhol
Little Electric Chair, 1964-1965 ©Andy Warhol
Marlon, 1966 ©Andy Warhol
Jackie, 1964 ©Andy Warhol

9 June 2019 – FFN – Monk’s life by Armando Jongejan

Armando Jongejan (1960) spent several years of his life taking photographs of the monks’ life inside the St.Adelbert abbey of Egmond-Binnen. The result was exhibited during the Foto Festival Naarden, along with his book “Monnikenleven”. Although the topic can be perceived as very dry and confidential, Jongejan was able to depict the simplicity and humility of a monk’s life within the walls of an abbey.

©Armando Jongejan
©Armando Jongejan
©Armando Jongejan

9 June 2019 – FFN – Delta F collective

Photos hanging in the open air on the gates surrounding the church of Naarden. An interesting way of exhibiting photographs.

Tuk Tuk Chauffeur, Udaipur, India ©John Seegers
Ghent, Belgium ©Willem Wernsen
Three generations, Bikaner, India ©John Seegers
Salesman, New York ©Frank Detrixhe

9 June 2019 – FFN – Helena van der Kraan

Helena van der Kraan is a Dutch photographer born in 1940. She was featured in an exhibit of her most stunning portraits, in the attic of Naarden’s beautiful city hall.

Iris, 1998 ©Helena van der Kraan
Puck, 1998 ©Helena van der Kraan

9 June 2019 – FFN – Eddy van Wessel

At the Foto Festival Naarden, a beautiful exhibit in an old church: Eddy van Wessel is a Dutch photojournalist of the old type: the kind of Don mcCullin and Gilles Caron… hardship, tough environment, boots on the ground, close to his subject, great black and white pictures. Eddy van Wessel just was back from a trip in Irak, tracking the last followers of ISIS in their forced exile from their heaven on Earth caliphate…

©Eddy van Wessel
©Eddy van Wessel
©Eddy van Wessel
A stunning contrast between the topic and the location

9 June 2019 – Fotofestival Naarden

Attended the Fotofestival Naarden 2019 held in multiple locations of the gorgeous Naarden vesting. An occasion to see the work of some refreshing photographers, like Thijs Wolzak who took pictures of people in their living environments. Weird, unusual, funny, astonishing, as the people in general can be.

©Thijs Wolzak
©Thijs Wolzak
©Thijs Wolzak
©Thijs Wolzak
©Thijs Wolzak

26 May 2019 – The Anarchist Citizenship

A very unusual exhibition at the Rotterdam Kunsthal: The Anarchist Citizenship: Ode to Youthful Daredevils gives us an insight on on the young Somalilanders, inhabitants of Somaliland, dress and behave in their country. The installation consists of juxtapositions of photos printed on silk and plexiglass. They move with the air being displaced as we walk through it. The project is a collaboration between Amal Alhaag and Nadine Stijns.

©Amal Alhaag and Nadine Stijns
©Amal Alhaag and Nadine Stijns
©Amal Alhaag and Nadine Stijns
©Amal Alhaag and Nadine Stijns
©Amal Alhaag and Nadine Stijns
©Amal Alhaag and Nadine Stijns

26 May 2019 – Lust for Life Ed van der Elsken

Well known for his black and white photographs taken in Amsterdam and Paris in the 50’s, Ed van der Elsken also took throughout his life a large amount of pictures in colour on slides predominantly in the 60’s and 70’s. The fotomuseum in Rotterdam restored these pictures to their original glory. The result is a magnificent ode to life and love and a touching homage to human diversity. From Amsterdam to Dhaka, from Cuba to Tokyo, Ed van der Elsken shows his profoundly humane eye and sincere love for people. The large collection of photographs is presented in a buoyant way, as a celebration of humanity.

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 1986 ©Ed van der Elsken
Nepal, 1966 ©Ed van der Elsken
Old Dehli, India, 1976 ©Ed van der Elsken
Santiago, Chili, 1971 ©Ed van der Elsken
Havana, Cuba, 1967 ©Ed van der Elsken
Diderik Vijghstraat, Tiel, The Netherlands, ca. 1970 ©Ed van der Elsken
Bourgogne, France, 1980 ©Ed van der Elsken
Greenland, 1969 ©Ed van der Elsken
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1974-1975 ©Ed van der Elsken
India, 1966 ©Ed van der Elsken
Amsterdam, ca. 1966 ©Ed van der Elsken
Dam, Amsterdam, 1978 ©Ed van der Elsken
South Africa, 1968 ©Ed van der Elsken

19 May 2019 – Coup de coeur for…

Coup de ❤️ for the photos of Alejandro Cegarra, an extraordinary young (29) photojournalist from Venezuela, featured at the 2019 World Press Photo exhibition. His series “State of Decay” got him am award for Long-term projects. The Venezuelan society has been in a long state of decay, degrading day after day under Chávez and now Maduro with no sense of an outcome, happy or else. We see it every day on TV and then zap to some other news. The people of Venezuela suffer it day after day, with violence, deprivation, tears, political chaos, No way for them to zap from this daily nightmare and move on to something better. Cegarra has documented over the years this violence from within and brought back powerful pictures of an unimaginable turmoil with a divided society of ordinary people rising up to the occasion or not.

More on his website

© Alejandro Cegarra
© Alejandro Cegarra
© Alejandro Cegarra
© Alejandro Cegarra
© Alejandro Cegarra
© Alejandro Cegarra
© Alejandro Cegarra
© Alejandro Cegarra

18 May 2019 – WorldPress Photo in Amsterdam

The world press photo edition 2019 is upon us. The exhibition is presented in the beautiful Nieuwe Kerk on the Dam in Amsterdam. As usual, our eyes are confronted with a sum of misery, tears, blood, human suffering, absurdity, mal treatment of women and children. But yet, these are the best photographs of events and people around the world. My good friend Thierry calls it “the horror of the world that feeds the photojournalists“. This horror is relentless but, once in a while, there is some hope, like this picture by Iranian photographer Enayat Asadi of illegal refugees waiting to take a ride on a wagon at the eastern border of Iran and where one of the immigrants is comforting his companion. A simple image showing two human beings helping each other.

© Enayat Asada, July 2018
A supporter of Martin Fayulu, leader of an opposition party, runs from police tear gas in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 2018 © John Wessels

President Kabila sits in the garden of his ranch in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 2018 © John Wessels
The BFF, April 2018, © Brendan Smialowski
Figures representing Ireland’s dark treatment of women line up for social media cameras, May 2018 © Olivia Harris
An orphaned boy walks past a wall with drawings depicting rocket-propelled grenade launchers in Bol, Chad. © Marco Gualazzini
Mennonite farmers in Campeche, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico © Nadia Shira Cohen
A Caribbean flamingo, like a ballerina… Curaçao ©Jasper Doest

4 May 2019 – Deutsche Börse at FOAM

The Deutsche Börse art collection comprises approximately 1800 works from over 120 international photographers, including famous names like Diane Arbus or Walker Evans. FOAM in Amsterdam proposes a large exhibition “Changing Views – 20 Years of Art Collection Deutsche Börse“. The first part of this exhibition in four parts is titled “Chapter 1: Germany” and shows the view of their own country by various German photographers.

Town Hall, Cologne, Germany, 1958 ©Karl Hugo Schmölz
Socioeducational scheme, Cologne, 1974 ©Timm Rautert
Homeless due to housing shortage, 1973 ©Timm Rautert
Untitled ©Helga Paris
Train station Berlin-Schöneweide, 1989 ©Gerd Danigel
Volksbühne, 1996 ©Gerd Danigel

30 April 2019 – Coup de Coeur for…

Everlasting coup de ❤️ for the photos of Ed van der Elsken, this time, spotted on the walls of the AMC hospital in Amsterdam. Ed van der Elsken was extremely active in the years 50 and 60 and at the top of his art, both in Amsterdam and Paris, but also later on in Japan. I associate his black and white photographs of Paris and Amsterdam with the nostalgia I have for a world that does not exist anymore, for a moment of my life and a period of time that will never be back. A world where life appeared simpler, where happiness was within reach, where artists were gathering to reinvent the world permanently, where a laughter, a glass of wine, an animated discussion with a good friend could make your whole day. Of course, the 50’s and 60’s were also full of pain and drama, wars and misery but what’s left behind now from that era, apart from the History with a big H, is the humanist approach to everyday life.

Tweelingmeisjes op de Nieuwmarkt, 1956 ©Ed van der Elsken
Amsterdam, Nieuwmarket, 1958 ©Ed van der Elsken
Amsterdam, Nieuwmarket, 1958 ©Ed van der Elsken
Herengracht, Amsterdam 1956 ©Ed van der Elsken

18 April 2019 – MBS

Itinerrands playing it iconic, in front of MBS, thanks to Susan.

15 April 2019 – Saatchi #1

A visit in London would not be complete without spending some time at the Saatchi gallery, looking at the bizarre pictures of Jessica Craig-Martin.

©Jessica Craig-Martin
©Jessica Craig-Martin
©Jessica Craig-Martin

15 April 2019 – At the V&A Museum

In a day rich of visual wonder, strolling through the photographic collection of the V&A Museum.

Beach Clean, 1999 ©Sian Bonnell
What she wanted and who she got, 1982 ©Graham Smith
Hong Kong (Facade of a unité d’habitation), 1963 ©Frank Horvat
The Volga, 1958 ©Howard Sochurek
Spain: El Rocio Pilgrimage, 1959 ©Ramon Masats
29 pictures within 5 minutes London, 1970 ©Dieter Meier
Hardware store, 1938 ©Berenice Abbott

15 April 2019 – Markéta Luskacova

Taking the opportunity of being in Tate Britain, discovering a Czech-born photographer and her portraits of people in their everyday lives.

Laughing Pilgrims Levoca, Slovakia, 1964 ©Marketa Luskacova
Funeral of Starka Gordanova, 1971 ©Marketa Luskacova
Woman passing the procession near Kosice, Slovakia 1968 ©Marketa Luskacova
©Marketa Luskacova

15 April 2019 – Don McCullin

A fantastic comprehensive exhibition of Don McCullin at Tate Britain in London. An oeuvre spanning over several decades and all the continents. Don McCullin has been everywhere with his profoundly human eye. No one can put it better than himself “Photography for me is not looking. it is feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures”. I am glad I was able to be there.

©Don McCullin
Berlin, 1961 ©Don McCullin
©Don McCullin
©Don McCullin
©Don McCullin
©Don McCullin
©Don McCullin
©Don McCullin
©Don McCullin

31 March 2019 – Sally Mann – A thousand crossings at the MFAH

Lost paradise, haunted places, souvenirs of past battles, a reflection of age and death, Sally Mann explores in this exhibit the Deep South of the USA.

Easter dress, 1986 © Sally Mann
Picnic, 1992 © Sally Mann
Deep South, Untitled (Fontainebleau), 1998 © Sally Mann
Deep South, Untitled (Valentine Windsor), 1998 © Sally Mann
Battlefields, Wilderness (Solarized Trees), 2002 © Sally Mann
The two Virginias #2, 1989 © Sally Mann

30 March 2019 – Photography at its Limits, Houston, Tx

Visited a small scale exhibition of young Latino talents at the Houston Center for Photography. “Photography at its limits” explores “the regimes of power that have naturalised and popularised the use of the photograph as a means of tracking and controlling the world at large”…

#dominicanwomangooglesearch, 2016 © Joiri Minaya
#Container#2 fragment © Joiri Minaya
Libro abierto (con manos), 2011 © Oscar Munos
Criollitas, Santa Fe, Argentina, 1996 © Marcos Lopez
Asado en Mendiolanza – Fragment © Marcos Lopez
Inca Kola, 1997 © Marcos Lopez
Il piccolo Vapore, Buenos Aires, Argentina © Marcos Lopez

30 March 2019 – Chaville

Itinerrands on a nostalgic trip to Chaville, France, the town where I grew up. Merci beaucoup Evelyne pour ta contribution discrète à cette période.

23 March 2019 – Japanese Nudes at Sieboldhuis

The Sieboldhuis in Leiden was purchased by Ph.F.B. Von Siebold (1796-1866) to exhibit his collection of Japanese objects. it is now a foundation established “to further express the long and special ties between the Netherlands and Japan”. There was a new occasion to visit this special place during the recently opened photo exhibition titles “Japaans naakt” or “Japanese Nudes”.

Embrace #60, 1970 © Hosoe Eikoh
Embrace #62, 1971 © Hosoe Eikoh
Untitled, c. 1955 © Iwase Yoshiyuki
Nu 06, 1985 © Tahara Keiichi
Untitled, from Family, 1970s © Fukase Masahisa
Untitled, from Family, 1970s © Fukase Masahisa
Untitled, from the serie Alluring Hell, 2008 © Araki Nobuyoshi
#7 Rem & Marina from Fleshlove, 2010 © Photographer Hal
#25 Taiki & Shino from Fleshlove Returns, 2016 © Photographer Hal
© Daido Moriyama

10 March 2019 – Coup de Coeur for…

Coup de ❤️ today for Pearl Gan, a Singapore photographer and dear friend who recently published her new website. Pearl describes herself as a storyteller who tells stories with her images. She was heavily involved in the Asia Malaria project with the University of Oxford, which described the damages of malaria in Asian populations. She loves to get close to the people she photographs, capture them in their day to day activities, get to know them and their stories. I particularly enjoy her black and white portraits, but not only…

Singapore © Pearl Gan
Chinatown 2014 © Pearl Gan
Bandung, Indonesia © Pearl Gan

9 March 2019 – Coup de coeur for…

Coup de ❤️ today for Anette Brolenius discovered at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art. Anette was born in Stockholm and now lives in The Hague. Her serie of portraits of women’s rights activists, male or female in the exhibition “Unsung” are just stunning. More on her photography can be discovered on her website.

Mustafa Dzhemilev, 2015 © Anette Brolenius
Amala Francis, 2015 © Anette Brolenius
Madi Jobareth, 2016 © Anette Brolenius

9 March 2018 – Ladies First

Kati Horna, Eva Besnyö and Ata Kandó are three photographers who studied under the then famous photographer József Pécsi in Hungary. They were not as widely known as their male contemporaries and compatriots Brassaï, Robert Capa and André Kertész. All three were forced to flee Hungary in the 1930s. They all settled in different places (Mexico for Horna, The Netherlands for Besnyö and Kandó) and continued to exercise their art in their new home. The beautiful Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen devotes a large space to all three in a huge exhibition around Kati Horna mainly “Kati Horna, Compassion and Engagement”.

Spanish Civil War, Spain 1937 © Kati Horna
Spanish Civil War, Spain 1937 © Kati Horna
Spanish Civil War, Spain 1937 © Kati Horna
Dolle Mona, 1970 © Eva Besnyö
Hungarian Refugees in the border area, Hungary 1956 © Ata Kandó
Hungarian Refugees in the border area, Hungary 1956 © Ata Kandó

23 February 2019 – Erwin Olaf in The Hague

A very bizarre, well-visited exhibit in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague: a large retrospective of Erwin Olaf’s work for his 60th birthday. Olaf is a famous Dutch photographer. Most pictures cannot be shown here. Not my cup of tea as we say in French, but still worth the visit for education purposes mainly.

Olger, 1986 © Erwin Olaf
Pearls, 1986 © Erwin Olaf

16 February 2019 – Nach Holland

An unusual photo exhibit at the Resistance Museum in Amsterdam: the German troops invading Holland on May 10th, 1940 took photographs as if they were mere tourists. This must have been a walk in the park for them…

German soldiers boarding a JU52 that is ready to fly to The Netherlands
A group of German officers at a railway line. The soldier on the left put a Dutch helmet on for the picture
The petrol station at the top if the Afsluitdijk

10 February 2019 – Shadows by Alfredo Jaar – Photos van Koen Wessing

A strange exhibition at the Nederlands Fotomuseum of Rotterdam. An installation by Alfredo Jaar based on a photo of Koen Wessing taken in Nicaragua during the last days of the Somoza regime. The exhibit continues with a series of chilling photos from The coup of September 11st, 1973 in Santiago. The famous photos of blind military repression haven’t aged at all and are still very vivid.

©Koen Wessing
©Koen Wessing
The cover of this book long out of print serves as the exhibition’s poster
©Koen Wessing
©Koen Wessing
©Koen Wessing
©Koen Wessing

10 February 2019 – Coup de Coeur for…

Coup de ❤️ today for Merel Schoneveld, a young street photographer from The Hague, discovered during the Haute Photographie Rotterdam 2019. Her black and white pictures, taken mainly in The Netherlands, show a very diverse population, living together in this old country, in their day-to-day interaction with each other. Merel is among them, discreet but yet very present and engaged in their lives. She discovered this passion for photography very late in her young life and has created a large body of work to this date, all visible on her web site and instagram accounts. Merel’s web site can be seen here and instagram feed there.

©Merel Schoneveld, 2018
©Merel Schoneveld, 2018
©Merel Schoneveld, 2018

9 February 2019 – Haute Photographie Rotterdam

Fourth edition of this salon/exhibition, during Art Rotterdam Week 2019. Younger and older talents are presented by International galleries. The prices are exorbitant but the photographs worth admiring. I have extracted some of the gems I particularly enjoyed.

©Thomas Hoepker – Ali left Fist, London, 1966
©Marvin Newman – Broadway Bookstore, 1954
©Christer Strömholm – Paris, Montparnasse, late 50’s
©Yoshinori Mizutani – Rain, 2015
©Merel Schoneveld – 2018
©Werner Bischof/Magnum – A priest rests in the temple of Ryōan-Ji, Kyoto, Japan, 1951
©Marvin Newman – Theater Marquees, Broadway, 1954

9 February 2019 – Crossings

Without knowing it, some places and attitudes shared with Martine Frank…

© Martine Frank – Peintres de l’Imaginaire Exhibition, Grand Palais, Paris April 1972
René Burri Exhibition, Rotterdam, April 2010
©Martine Frank – Garden of the MoMa, New York, 2000
Meet me at the MoMa, New York, May 2010

5 February 2019 – Robert Doisneau and Music

Robert Doisneau spent a lot of time photographing musicians and singers. Maurice Baquet and his cello of course, but also the famous singers from the 1950’s to today. A sweet and nostalgic trip down memory lane at Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Les Petits formats, May 1951
Barbara à l’écluse, Paris VIº, December 1957
Les Cadres, 1958
Violoncelliste nu, 1957
Jacques Higelin, 31 août 1991

2 February 2019 – Martine Frank in Paris

A wonderful Martine Frank exhibit at the newly moved Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in the heart of Paris.

Strike at the Renault factory, Boulogne-Billancourt, May 1968
Nursing Home, Ivry-sur-Seine, 1975
Ms J.Q., Meung-sur-Loire, 1980
Xi’an, China, 1980
Swimming pool, designed by Alain Capeillères, Le Brusc Summer 1976
HCB in front of Goya, Madrid, 1993

21 January 2019 – Famous Noordwijkers exhibited

Saskia van der Linden, a local photographer, took amusing pictures of famous Noordwijker in poses from famous paintings. Where different arts meet. A small scale exhibit is currently held in Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin.

©Saskia van der Linden
Louis van Gaal and his wife

20 January 2019 – Rijksmuseum, 3 photos from the collection

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has a rich collection of photographs but those are timidly presented in a remote corner of the vast museum.

Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam by Roger Parry
Les Halles de Paris tôt le Matin by André Kertész
Bateau de Pêcheurs à Marseille by László Moholy-Nagy

19 January 2019 – Het Café by Stacii Samidin

The Dutch Café by a young photographer Stacii Samidin at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. A celebration of the Dutch diversity in a historical place.

The presentation
Stacii Samidin
Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam
Café Moskes, Breda
Buiten Bij – Outside Café Okee, Rotterdam

15 January 2019 – Toa Payoh

Itinerrands taking a stroll in the heartland of Singapore in Toa Payoh. Thank you Chen Ee for your kind efforts!

30 December 2018 – Sentosa

Itinerrands on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Back to where it came from. Thank You Susan!

20 October 2018 – Visiting the Cas Oorthuys Exhibit

Dutch photographer Cas Oorthuys has left behind a huge amount of photographs taken around the world depicting the people and their environment. A humanist like Robert Doisneau, he deserves to be better recognised as such. The exhibit at the Nederland Fotomuseum in Rotterdam is worth a visit.

11 October 2018 – Toronto, Ontario Canada

“Itinerrands” like 50% of the inhabitants of Toronto was not born in Canada. A good reason to enjoy the Indian Summer there… Thank You Leona!


10 October 2018 – Namur, Belgium

“Itinerrands” marching under the fortress of Namur, Belgium, on the tune of “Sambre et Meuse”. Merci Nathalie & Clara!

9 October 2018 – London

“Itinerrands” taking the British sun on the banks of river Thames, just before Brexit. Merci Patrick.

29 September 2018 – NOLA

My book “Itinerrands” taking a walk near Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. Thank You Ian.

22 September 2018 – Visit at Unseen Amsterdam

7th edition of Unseen Amsterdam this weekend in a magical place, the Westergasfabriek in the Westerpark. Plenty for the eyes, on the walls and around. This year, some remarkable Japanese young artists were featured in the Beyond 2020 exhibit.

Kenta Nakamura – Your Story

15 September 2018 – Beautiful portraits by Koos Breukel

While visiting the Frans Hals museum in Haarlem, stumbled upon some beautiful portraits of Dutch people by Koos Breukel, a photographer born in The Hague.

Pieter van den Blink and his father


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9 September 2018 – Alphons Hustinx Exhibit

A fantastic exhibit in The Hague: Alphons Hustinx – A Traveller’s Perspective. Photos taken in 1932 during a road trip with a friend from Maastricht to Kabul. Additional colour photos taken during the German occupation of The Netherlands

The two first photos are mine!

4 August 2018 – Worldpress Photo 2018 in Leiden

Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Daniel Beltrá

Li Huaifeng

Oliver Scarff

Erik Sampers

Always a great source of inspiration, the yearly WorldPress Photo exhibit, this time in Leiden

14 October 2017 – Peter Martens Exhibit in Rotterdam

A small scale exhibit of Dutch photographer Peter Martens in Crooswijk, Rotterdam. Beautiful pictures taken in the USA and The Netherlands. A nice walk to the place by a wonderful “Indian Summer” day.

12 October 2017 – Fotomuseum Den Haag

Visiting the Peter Hujar exhibit at Den Haag Foto Museum. Active in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s until his death in 1987, Peter Hujar took pictures of his contemporaries, like Susan Sontag and William Burroughs.

Another exhibit left a vivid memory in our minds: the repetitive pictures of Hans Eijkelboom. He took hundreds of pictures of people in the streets of European cities, matching them on clothes patterns or types. Here the green loden.

7 October 2017 – Genesis

Visiting again the Sebastião Salgado exhibit Genesis in Rotterdam is like visiting an old friend… no need to recap, no need to catch up, it is well known territory, immediate understanding and the same awe is there! We can continue where we left it, one year ago, in Singapore. Marvellous setup, breath-taking pictures, really worth the trip. From Africa to Antarctica, from North America to Asia, Salgado’s Genesis pictures have something biblical about them. Our Earth and their inhabitants are just amazing and we should be reminded of that constantly.

7 October 2017 – Bruce Davidson Exhibit

Very big Bruce Davidson exhibit at the Nederlands Fotomusuem in Rotterdam. Pictures from the 50’s to the recent years, from New York to Paris. The famous pictures from his most famous series, from East 100th Street, to Brooklyn Gang, to Paris, to Los Angeles. The social struggles in the USA in the last 50 years. Nothing much has changed today.

24 September 2017 – Visit at Unseen Amsterdam

Unseen Amsterdam is “the leading platform for contemporary photography”. Unseen Amsterdam was returning for its sixth edition at the beautifully rehabilitated Westergasfabriek this weekend. A beautiful vivid show of photographs, combined with a superb Autumn Dutch weather.

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31 August 2017 – Visiting Pearl Gan before her exhibit on Malaria in Asia

Pearl is a compassionate photographer. She is able to establish contact with her models and take the most natural compelling pictures of men, women and children in various Asian countries. The Asia Malaria Images Exhibition will be held between 2 – 29 September 2017 at the Promenade Level 8 of the National Library Singapore, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

14 July 2017 – An article over Singapore Black and White Houses in La Gazette

Photo Courtesy of the Singapore Land Authority

Photo Courtesy of the Singapore Land Authority

The Black & White houses remain a fascinating topic for the expats in Singapore. History, architecture, style attract the people from overseas to these very special Singapore houses. I had the opportunity to help the French La Gazette team illustrate a series of articles about the Black & White houses. The result of this work was published in the July-September 2017 La Gazette magazine.

6 July 2017 – Photos of the party by Albert Sim

Albert is a quiet photographer of a few words but he knows how to look at people in the eyes. it is actually his job to take pictures of people’s eyes for ophthalmologic purposes. In his free times, Albert takes pictures for himself.

3 July 2017 – Sarah and Schooling

The success of the book is due to the wonderful graphic work of two awesome ladies: Sarah Tang and Alison Schooling of Sarah And Schooling

© Albert Sim

22 May 2017 – Shooting B&W Houses

Thanks to SLA (Singapore Land Authority), I have been allowed to go shoot pictures in three distinct empty black and white houses in Adam Park. An opportunity not given to everyone! I am very blessed and thankful to SLA.


































Photos © Gerda Genty de Witt

28 March 2017 – Living and Deads

Taking care of the living by caring for the dead: a visit to a cemetery is always a good way to determine that…

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Go check the portfolio here

26 March 2017

The website works again after its looooong migration from Singapore to France!

The next step will be to modernise it as a 3 year old site is a very very old site in internet terms…

A bit of wisdom and a zest of calm are required.

16 March 2017 – Meeting Lui Hock Seng

Everything started when reading the following article in the Straitstimes:

Mr. Lui Hock Seng is a 80 year old Singaporean cleaner with a special talent: photographer. He has been recording life in Singapore with his camera since the early 60’s. A raw artistic talent and a tremendous historical value, and yet, totally unknown to the public!

I reached out to Venessa Lee, the author of the article, and to my surprise, she answered. I expressed to her my desire to own a copy of Mr. Lui’s “Clarke Quay’s Teochew Market”… it took a while, but here we are and it is simply gorgeous.

Clarke Quay’s Teochew Market © Lui Hock Seng

Venessa organised the gathering at SPH, Singapore Press Holdings this Thursday. Mr. Lui is a delightful, funny and witty, very modest gentleman and a great artist. He took the time to share with me some of his shots and I encouraged him to sort his negatives, to digitise them and to think about an exhibition of his work in Singapore.

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On my side, I pledged to do my best to help him.

I am now the proud and unique owner in Singapore and elsewhere in the world of a piece by Lui Hock Seng, the hidden wonderful artist!

Mr. Lui is still taking pictures with his brand new Nikon, offered by the Japanese company, and still “looking for the weird and beautiful” as he puts it.




13 March 2017 – Meeting Aik Beng Chia

Handing over his latest work about Hong Kong













Aik Beng Chia’s previous work was Sing Kar Por, a great insider account of Singapore.

2 March 2017 – At the World Press Photo 2016 Exhibit

More information:

Photo: Francesco Zizola – Series In the Same Boat Contemporary Issues, second prize stories


Photo: Sergey Ponomarev – Series Reporting Europe’s Refugee Crisis General News, first prize stories


Photo: Anuar Patjane Floriuk – Series Whale Whisperers Nature, second prize singles



Photo: David Guttenfelder – Series North Korea: Life in the Cult of Kim Long-Term Projects, third prize stories






Bhutan by Angeline Teo













Angeline Teo is a passionate photographer whose love lies in black-and-white film photography. In this journal, she keeps a memory of her first experience of Bhutan, a special place where life is simple and the people readily smiles with kindness.

If you are interested, contact Angeline directly.



New Black and White Pictures…















In preparation of my first published book “Itinerrands”. Go check them out…

Trip To Japan


Playing keekaboo with the train conductor in Kyoto

4 very intense days in Japan with Glenn, Hannah and Karin on a photo shoot.

More to come here…