Cities 12 Chasing Amsterdam by Julie Hrudova

Domenica, 28 Aprile 2024
Cities 12 Chasing Amsterdam by Julie Hrudová

Chasing Amsterdam by Julie Hrudová

In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who sings ff the dreams that he brings from the wide open sea  

David Bowie


Amsterdam as you've never seen it before. Unexpected, surprising, colorful and a bit surreal. A city of a thousand souls like its canals. Some a little more hidden to chase just like Julie Hrudova shows us that extraordinary vein of free creative madness that has always been the most characteristic figure of this extraordinary seaside city.  Crossroads of cultures, secular by vocation, welcoming and merciful as its motto mentions, the Amsterdam that we discover in the shots of Hrudova is also unusual and extraordinarily colorful and vital.

"Photography is often seen as a reliable medium that tells reality for what it is - says Hrudova - , I like to play with this idea by creating a bit of confusion about what is really happening in the image I take. The opening image of this work I believe perfectly conveys the spirit of Amsterdam. There are many people in the city who regularly feed herons so they know perfectly well where to go to find food safely. I think the behavior of birds in Amsterdam also says a lot about the city and its people. Doing street photography for me means capturing life at a certain moment, it is important to have unposed images of society in different historical times".


Julie Hrudová (1988) was born in Prague but now lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has worked with a variety of publications and her has been exhibited in numerous shows, on an international scale. Between 2020 en 2021 Julie was taking a weekly street photo for the Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool. She published a book of this series, called Chasing Amsterdam. It was chosen as one of the best photo books of 2022 by Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant.

Photo editor at RTL News TV  She is also a Member of Burn My Eye, international street photography collective, ans she’s the Founder & curator of StreetRepeat, a collection of street photography repetitions 

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