Image makers bring an ode to impressive cities that are constantly on the move, such as New York and Amsterdam, and inspiring city dwellers who, even in spite of everything, stand their ground. They will share how they capture the essence of their city, including socio-economic developments that shape the daily lives of its inhabitants. From gentrification to cultural diversity; what have cities in common and what makes them so special and unique? An evening about colorful cities, imagery and creative process.
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“A visual hymn to a city, that worships the hard-working, but shows no mercy to those that slip through the cracks.” That is what photographer Richard Koek tries to capture in his book ‘New York New York‘. The Dutch-Argentinean photographer is a visual storyteller. He shares his love for New York City and the people that live there by communicating with them through the lens. His sensibility for the complicated life in New York shows in his photo’s, which are rather than a decisive moment, an encouragement to viewers to form their own interpretation of his work. Every picture becomes a new narrative, unique to its beholder.
Richard decided to give up his profession as a tax lawyer to pursue his passion for photography in New York City. Since then, his work has been featured in renowned titles including ‘Stern’, ‘The New York Times’ and ‘The New York Review of Books’. He lives in New York and Amsterdam, working for various international publications, companies and non-profit organizations, and has been purchased by The National Archives of Holland, The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam. He has exhibited work at the Photoville Festival in NYC and Fotofestival Naarden in The Netherlands.
Floor plans are indispensable when you are walking around in a city for the first time. They serve to not get lost in the unknown environment. Yet such plans do not show all facets of the city. The way in which the city is experienced and used by people is lacking. Visual artist Jan Rothuizen provides that gap: his floor plans show how people experience the city, capturing the atmosphere and the diversity of the residents. He also incorporates economic and social changes of neighbourhoods such as gentrification. Amsterdam changes every day, both on a large and small scale. Jan witnesses these changes and presents them like no other: personal, witty and enthusiastic.
His work is exhibited in Amsterdam and abroad, including in the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo and in the New Museum in New York. His drawings appear monthly in ‘De Volkskrant’. He published ‘The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam’ and ‘The Soft Atlas of the Netherlands’.