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Photo exhibition: ‘From utopia to reality’

An utopia, I thought, when I heard years ago about plans to rebuild the old depot for tramcars behind the Kinkerstraat. A neglected monument for which a lot of ideas came up that didn’t make it. There were many protests and considerations from the people living nearby about inconvenience from cars and fear of a totally different functioning part of the neighbourhood.

Now it is a lively place with terraces, cinema’s, restaurants; a great bay roofed street for exhibitions, books- and art markets. There are now 250 places for working and learning and so it is also a social enrichment for the neighbourhood. In the last years I photographed with a lot of pleasure the activities in De Hallen, so you can see on this limited photo exhibition.

The photographer:
My preference is the social- and documentary photography. I’ve worked many years as a photographer at the Municipal Archives of Amsterdam and now I have more time for my own work. I prefer to photograph people in their own surrounding. I always think: all people, wherever they are, has to find their little place on this earth. And that’s like the people you see, where I made a portrait of in the Hallen.

Ton van Rijn, photographer

De Passage

  • Monday 07:00 — 23:00
  • Tuesday 07:00 — 23:00
  • Wednesday 07:00 — 23:00
  • Thursday 07:00 — 23:00
  • Friday 07:00 — 03:00
  • Saturday 07:00 — 03:00
  • Sunday 07:00 — 03:00