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Amsterdam is Turning its Bridge Houses into Tiny Hotels

Amsterdam is Turning its Bridge Houses into Tiny Hotels

© Mirjam Bleeker, courtesy of SWEETS hotel

Well that’s it for me. I’ll never stay in a normal hotel in Amsterdam again now that 28 of the city’s bridge houses have been transformed into charming little hotel rooms. For over a century, these canalside gate houses accommodated the storied bridge keepers whose task it was to conduct the city’s water traffic and allow boats to pass.Read the rest

Documenting the ‘afterparty’ culture of young Europeans

Gioia de Bruijn first started partying when she was 17 years old. The photographer had just moved to Amsterdam for university, and – like many students before her – had swiftly started to get acquainted with the hedonistic hotspots her new hometown had to offer.

After that, she packed up and headed to London to study at the Camberwell College of Art, before then moving briefly to Berlin. During this time, de Bruijn kept roots in all three cities, travelling between them to visit friends, socialise, and document the “festival and afterparty” culture of the local student scene. It was, according to her, a time of “letting go”, “getting high” and “sexual realism.”

These uninhibited adventures resulted in Weekend Warriors – a raw and intimate photography

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Vintage ’80s Polaroids of Amsterdam’s barflies

In spring 1979, Bettie Ringma and Marc H. Miller moved from New York’s Lower East Side to Amsterdam. The newly arrived couple had already become known on New York’s downtown art scene, taking “Paparazzi Self-Portraits” with the new Polaroid SX-70 instamatic camera, and giving the world a taste for instant gratification.

In search of a way to support themselves in a new city, they remembered a photographer hustling Polaroid portraits at Coney Island and decided to test the waters. “We tried first at Zandvoort Beach but it was too much work,” Miller recalls. “The sand was potentially deadly for the camera so we moved to the nightclubs and it clicked right away.”

For next two years, they made the rounds five or six nights a week, … Read the rest