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Sphynx

January 9th, 2011


The Sphynx (also known as Canadian Hairless) is a rare breed of cat known for its lack of a coat.

The contemporary breed of Sphynx (known also as the Canadian Sphynx, distinct from the Russian Sphynx breeds – Peterbald, Don Sphynx) started in 1966, in Roncesvalles, Toronto when a hairless kitten named Prune was born. The kitten was mated with its mother (backcrossing), which produced one more naked kitten. Together with a few naked kittens found later it became the primogenitor of the breed. The first sphynx breeders faced a number of problems: The genetic pool was very limited; breeders had rather vague ideas about sphynx genetics, and many kittens died. The naked male Epidermis born in 1975 to short-haired mother provided new material to sphynx fanciers and new genes for further breed development. In the early stages of the breed crosses with devon-rex were used, but later this crossing was frowned upon because it caused health problems. Now the Canadian Sphynx is a breed with a sound genetic pool.

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Portfolio Night

January 7th, 2011

The New Talent Portfolio Night is a recurring event organized by Blend and Streetlab and this time around took place in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. Young or not quite so young artists (designers, illustrators, photographers) submit their creations to the scrutinizing eyes of a choice of professionals from the Scene. The atmosphere was trendy and nervously expectant. Naturally you hope that your work will leap to the eyes of the judges and that you’re recognized as the great new talent for this decade.

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Images from Texel

January 3rd, 2011

Some images captured last week on the small island Texel situated off the north coast of the Netherlands. Pity there was no snow!
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Winter part 1

December 19th, 2010


Some impressions of the snow that has descended upon Amsterdam, like a soft diffusing blanket…

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W. Eugene Smith Exposition

December 18th, 2010

Banner in FOAMOn Thursday the 16th yours truly went to the opening of the W. Eugene Smith exposition in FOAM. You can visit this all B&W visual treat until the 16th of March.

The photographer W. Eugene Smith, born in 1918 in Tucson, USA, is widely recognized as the originator of the photo essay. His work was published in several magazines including the famous American Life.
Eugene was a socially and politically engaged man and his pictures reflected his emotions and vision. He was also a perfectionist and workaholic, seldom satisfied with  the results of his work and was often disappointed by the way it was published, parts being omitted and changed by the editors. Working as a war photojournalist he was wounded in the Pacific and after World War II used and abused amphetamine and drink on a regular base.

After leaving his job at Life in 1954, he joined the well known photographers cooperative Magnum. He was commissioned to make a reportage about Pittsburgh. This turned out to be a very involved project and resulted in more than 11.000 negatives.

One of his most impressive projects was without doubt the Minamata project in Japan.

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