Currently working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). One of this festival highlights is the feature length documentary CITIZENFOUR by director Laura Poitras, -the- film about Edward Snowden. It was interesting to hear the story about the process of making this complicated film.
> Read more about the documentary CITIZENFOUR, or on iMDB
> Read more about the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
When Folia Magazines departing editor-in-chief Jim Jansen asked me to accompany him for his last interview for the magazine, I suspected I was in for a treat.
The interviewee was Arnon Grunberg, Dutch author and columnist. Beside his literary works, I have always held him in high regards because of his commentary on contemporary (Dutch) issues in his columns. And for awesome projects like Les vacances de Monsieur Grunberg.
With Folia Magazines art-director Pascal Tieman we decided to go for a different angle; instead of color portraits, high contrast black and white images which he completed with colored gradients.
How a twenty-year-old wins the Gouden Kalf Award, the Grand Prize of Dutch Film, for Best Actress:
The Netherlands Film Festival, which i also covered this year, is the festival for dutch film and hosts the Gouden Kalf (Golden Calf) Awards, the Grand Prize of Dutch Film.
Every year Amsterdam celebrates sexual diversity with the Amsterdam Gay Pride. Highlight of the Pride week is the Canal parade with it’s special themed boats sailing for glory.
For that occasion i made a small portrait setup next to the drop off point at the end of the route. And asked participants to pose for a sec.
> Read more at: Amsterdam Gay Pride official site
What is it that you’re doing during film festivals?
Film directors Jan Schomburg, Michael Tully, Peter Brunner, Riad Sattouf, Fellipe Barbosa, Nick Reding, Robin Campillo, Yann Gonzalez, Fernando Eimbcke, Digna Sinke, Oxana Bychkova for IFFR 2014.
> read more about the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Amsterdam streets; view over Frederiksplein, autumn afternoon.
With many words already spoken to the discussion whether documentary photography (or film) is unbiased or not, i recently came upon this quote by photographer and visual artist Allan Sekula.
The only “objective” truth that photographs offer is the assertion that somebody or something… was somewhere and took a picture.
– Allan Sekula
Nowadays, the whole debate tends to shift in favor of the ‘subjective’ side. I haven’t been able to find out when exactly this quote was used (given the working career of Sekula probably before the whole discussion started), but in all its simplicity it just nailed it for me.
A short film shot on Queens-day 2013 – the last Queens-day for a while. On the 30th of April 2013 HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated and left the throne for HM King Willem Alexander.
As usual with Queens-day, Amsterdam turned orange. With this years royal succession, the city was flooded with the Dutch armed forces, blazing in full ceremony glory.