It was another very busy Monday at the third edition of De Donkere Kamer (The Dark Room) in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam!
Three pitches of three minutes
For a photographer and/or affiliate in the world of Dutch photography once again DDK proved worth a visit . For 5 euro entrance fee you won't have to pass up, especially because the entrance fee is divided between three photo projects of which the photographers hold a pitch talk of 3 minutes to sell it to the public. Together with your entrance ticket you will receive five coins that you can distribute between the “pitchers”. The one with the strongest story usually gets the bulk of the coins, thrown in three collection boxes afterwards.. Els Zweerink was the happy “winner” with her El Salvador project.
On the program was also a tribute to the recently deceased Koen Wessing (1942-2011) known as one of Holland's best documentary photographers. A series of impressive photos of his hand was projected on large screens around the stage.
Pim Milo held a humorous plea against the free provision of photos for auctions, the proceeds of which go to charity. You stimulate the debasement of your work, he finds. Leave it, for example, to the collectors to offer work out of their collections at auctions. Do not do this yourself. Read the plea.
Lars Boering (director of the Fotografenfederatie) interviewed Claudia Hinterseer. She is director of NOOR, a successful photographer-collective based in Amsterdam. NORWAY focuses mainly on the big story behind important events and tries to reach a large audience, for example with strong photo essays on the impact of environmental problems on the traditional ways of living in countries around the world. With ten renowned photographers who are all co-owners, NOOR is close to the limit. A maximum of 15, according to Claudia Hinterseer, it shouldn't be more, it becomes unworkable.