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Visual Diary #020 – IFFR 14 portraits

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.

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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)


Visual Diary #019 – Amsterdam Frederiksplein

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 23 November 2013. Amsterdam, view over Frederiksplein and De Nederlandseche Bank (Dutch Central Bank, DNB). Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 23 november 2013. Amsterdam, zicht over Frederiksplein en De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2013, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

Amsterdam Frederiksplein, view at De Nederlandsche Bank
November 2013, Bram Belloni

Amsterdam streets; view over Frederiksplein, autumn afternoon.


On Photography – Allan Sekula

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 23 November 2013. The 26th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA 2013. Tour at Stedelijk Museum, with discussions on reality in art and documentary film. Hosted by IDFA and Stedelijk Museum. Photo: Bram Belloni ((c) 2013, do not use without prior permission)

“Untitled Slide Sequence” by Allan Sekula at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
November, 2013

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.


Visual Diary #018 – Queensday Short Film

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.

The Queen’s Last Day | Amsterdam Snapshots – a series of short films on Amsterdam
2013, by Bram Belloni

> see The Queen’s Last Day in HD on Vimeo
> see more Amsterdam Snapshots on Vimeo


Visual Diary #017 – Athens, Omonia Square


Omonia Square
July 2013, Athens

See it > High Def on Vimeo


Visual Diary #016 – Athens Summer Solstice

Greece, Athens, 21 June 2013. View on Acropolis (northern face, viewed from Ancient Agora of Athens) on summer solstice 2013. Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2013, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

Acropolis, summer solstice 2013
June 2013, Bram Belloni


Visual Diary #015 – Shooting Something Else

I am a better shot on film.

First time shooting range - (c) 2013, Bram Belloni

First time shooting range result


Oscar winner Malik Bendjelloul

Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul wins the 2013 Academy Award Best Documentary Feature with documentary Searching for Sugar Man (shared with producer Simon Chinn).

The story behind this highly acclaimed documentary is incredible. Although the film was at IDFA 2012, i still haven’t had the chance to see it. But i did do a series of portraits of Malik Bendjelloul.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 17 November 2012. The 25th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA 2012. Portrait Malik Bendjelloul, director documentary Searching for Sugar Man. Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2012, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

Malik Bendjelloul, 2013 Oscar winner Best Documentary Feature with Searching for Sugar Man
November 2012, Bram Belloni for IDFA

Congrats Malik!

> more Searching for Sugar Man on Sony Classics
> more on the Oscars 2013