Editorial photography for Financial Times

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When the Financial Times (UK) picture desk assigned me to do a new editorial photo series in Amsterdam, I was extremely happy to work on it. Beside a solid editorial photography assignment – where I put my focus on, the subject was also close to my heart: The housing situation in my hometown Amsterdam.

Sample of Financial Times website with editorial photography by Bram Belloni, Amsterdam
Tear sheet Financial Times – editorial photography by Bram Belloni, Amsterdam

Visually, the main focus was on the Amsterdam North, NDSM area. Where at the moment huge property development takes place. Passing by every month or so, I notice a new tower erected! Being an former heavy industrial area, this is the perfect example of gentrification.

To have the best visual impact of the change I decided to put a lot of effort picturing the skyline of the NDSM area. Since it is located at the river IJ, I shot a lot from the opposite bank, central-side. Using extreme tele lenses.

Amsterdam housing photo series - by editorial photographer Bram Belloni, Amsterdam for Financial Times
Amsterdam Housing – Youth in Amsterdam center-side with a view at NDSM area in full construction
Amsterdam, July 2021 – Bram Belloni for Financial Times
Amsterdam housing photo series - by editorial photographer Bram Belloni, Amsterdam for Financial Times
Amsterdam Housing – GVB Ferry stop, the main public transport line to the expanding NDSM area
Amsterdam, July 2021 – Bram Belloni for Financial Times
Amsterdam housing photo series - by editorial photographer Bram Belloni, Amsterdam for Financial Times
Amsterdam Housing – View from Amsterdam center-side with a view at NDSM skyline in full construction
Amsterdam, July 2021 – Bram Belloni for Financial Times
Amsterdam housing photo series - by editorial photographer Bram Belloni, Amsterdam for Financial Times
Amsterdam Housing – New estates NDSM area
Amsterdam, July 2021 – Bram Belloni for Financial Times
Amsterdam housing photo series - by editorial photographer Bram Belloni, Amsterdam for Financial Times
Amsterdam Housing – Residential development NDSM area as seen from existing neighborhood
Amsterdam, July 2021 – Bram Belloni for Financial Times

The article included interviews with local experts and persons concerned. Accompanied with portraits.

Sample of Financial Times website with editorial photography by Bram Belloni, Amsterdam
Tear sheet Financial Times – editorial photography by Bram Belloni, Amsterdam

Visual Diary #027 – The COVID files

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With all COVID-19 regulations in play, my circle is smaller than usual and more focused at home in Amsterdam. These limitations are in some ways refreshing and very reflective. And a great chance to try something different; a return to analogue photography.

Visual diary during COVID-19 outbreak in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is an image of the daily view from the photographers home office
COVID Files – staying at home during ‘self-isolation’ COVID-19 outbreak.
Daily view outside from my home office, with in the far distance the cranes from Damen Shipyard.
Amsterdam, September 2020
Visual diary during COVID-19 outbreak in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is an image of Joke during a walk along the Nieuwendammerdijk.
COVID Files – staying at home during ‘self-isolation’ COVID-19 outbreak.
Joke during walk along the Nieuwendammerdijk.
Amsterdam, September 2020
Visual diary during COVID-19 outbreak in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is an image of the water of the Amsterdam IJ-river.
COVID Files – staying at home during ‘self-isolation’ COVID-19 outbreak.
The IJ river, seen from Schellingwoude.
Amsterdam, September 2020
Visual diary during COVID-19 outbreak in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is an image of the horses at Schellingwoude.
COVID Files – staying at home during ‘self-isolation’ COVID-19 outbreak.
The Schellingwoude Horses.
Amsterdam, September 2020
Visual diary during COVID-19 outbreak in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is an image of the daily view from the photographers home at the tree in autumn colors in the back yard.
COVID Files – staying at home during ‘self-isolation’ COVID-19 outbreak.
Tree in backyard in autumn colors, seen from my favorite smoking spot.
Amsterdam, September 2020

Marokkaanse Boot in Amsterdam Museum

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The Amsterdam Museum exhibition ‘De Mooiste Stad – Amsterdam door de ogen van Eberhard van der Laan’ is an ode to the city of Amsterdam. Curated by mayor Eberhard van der Laan. This, very sadly, in light of his soon to be pass away.

As guest-curator, Van der Laan chose 80 pieces from the Amsterdam Museum and Stadsarchief (city archive). To show how Amsterdam did cope with previous challenges as fast growing city. And with the intention to open discussion on future ones.

Among the works chosen was an image of the Marokkaanse Boot. Taken during the Amsterdam Pride 2018.

Impression of exhibition Amsterdam door de ogen van Eberhard van der Laan at Amsterdam Museum, featuring the image Marokkaanse Boat by photographer Bram Belloni.
Impression exhibition Amsterdam door de ogen van Eberhard van der Laan at Amsterdam Museum. Middle: photograph titled De Marokkaanse Boot, by Bram Belloni.

With caption reading:

PROUD OF PRIDE – ‘Pride Amsterdam is not so much an event, it is a symbol of the open and tolerant city we want to be. We celebrate the freedom to be ourselves.’ When Van der Laan was mayor he joined the Canal Parade almost every year. This photograph shows the Moroccan boat.

Tearsheet of Dutch news paper Het Parool June 16th, 2018, review exhibition De Mooiste Stad at Amsterdam Museum, featuring image De Marokkaanse Boot by photographer Bram Belloni.
Tear sheet of Dutch news paper Het Parool June 16th, 2018, with review by Geert Mak of exhibition De Mooiste Stad at Amsterdam Museum. Featuring image De Marokkaanse Boot (below, 2nd left) by photographer Bram Belloni. (click for bigger image)

I felt honored that this image was noticed and chosen by ‘my’ mayor – a great mayor and man. And was proud that this specific topic, advocating the freedom to be ourselves, is something the city stands for.