Amsterdam through the eyes of its photobloggers


Meet Amsterdam.

Perhaps all cities have photobloggers, but if that is the case, I seem to have missed them. However, the documentary photographers of Amsterdam pop up on my radar all the time. These men—always men?—aim to bring you at least one portrait of the city a day, slowly recording its history in extreme close-up.

Thomas Schlijper is perhaps their leader. A professional photographer, he nevertheless seems to find plenty of time for photographs taken just for fun. Shown here a fountain on Frederiksplein at dusk, and somebody else trying to capture the moment.

Marien van Os wants to become a better photographer, so he practises by publishing (at least) one photo a day at In this photo a heron stalks a fisherman on the Amstel river, waiting till the right moment.

This photo is by René Louman who often just leans out of his window to take a picture. I approve of this, because it would be a shame to waste a good window. Louman likes people. I don’t know exactly where this photo of a waitress wrestling a huge parasol was taken, but with all the fresh brick in Louman’s photos, I would guess the Oostelijk Havengebied (Eastern Harbour).

Others you may wish to check out:

  • Milo Vermeulen
  • Peter de Wit (Facemepls, whose Creative Commonsed photos we often use at 24 Oranges)
  • Marc van Woudenberg makes things easy on himself by photographing people when they look their best: on stately Dutch bikes.

Did I miss anyone?


  1. Hi there,
    Tnx for linking back to!
    Here are some other Photobloggers(mostly daily & mostly men ;-) in Amsterdam: (not only Amsterdam)

    Comment by Marien van Os — August 16, 2010 @ 9:53 am

  2. Amsterdam gets all the attention, but there are a couple of us here in Utrecht who also take a lot of photos and blog them. I almost always post one or more photos in my entries and I have a specific Foto Vrijdag theme going. Another photo blogger in Utrecht is Wolfgang Hürst. He has photos from other parts of NL, but mainly of Utrecht.

    That said, I do really like that photo by René Louman. Great shot!

    Comment by Alison — August 16, 2010 @ 10:15 am

  3. I follow two “phloggers” you didnt mention. They are here: and here:


    Comment by Jan — August 16, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  4. Oh this is lovely indeed, to have links to all these talented photographers. Thanks.

    I go regularly to Parool and check out Elmer van der Marel’s daily photos of Amsterdam at

    Comment by Jay Vos — August 16, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  5. My friend Corinne – FEMALE – also has a photo blog – of Amsterdam but also her travels. I think she’s great! Check it out…

    Comment by Sarah — August 18, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  6. Thanks guys, some great links.

    Comment by Branko Collin — August 19, 2010 @ 11:35 am

  7. […] actual pixel peeping, but it is aimed squarely at pixel peeper sensibilities. This in contrast to real photography blogs, where they almost never mention what camera was […]

    Pingback by 26 + 2 links / Branko's Weblog — September 29, 2012 @ 10:34 am

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