In 1870 Danish immigrant Jacob Riis (1849-1914) arrived in New York. With 21 years old and no money he felt involved with the bad circumstances the people in the Lower East Side of New York had to live.
He became an important journalist and a social reformer and is now regarded as one of the founders of the documentary photography.
The Photography "Museum FOAM" in Amsterdam has an interesting exhibition "The Other Half" about him.
Driving yesterday on the highway we passed airport Schiphol and it is always fun to spot the landing aeroplanes in the air. I hang with my camera on the dashbord while hubby is driving. Do you see the plane at the left?
And one on the right.
A dutch KLM plane taxied to cross the road which is always spectacular to see.
The trick is to photograph the aircrafts crossing the road just before we drive in the underpass. There were two planes this time and they went so fast, each another way, they had almost gone already.
The Portuguese Synagogue is a late 17th-century Sephardic synagogue in Amsterdam, completed in 1675. The Amsterdam Sephardic community was one of the largest and richest Jewish communities in Europe during the Dutch Golden Age, and their very large synagogue reflected this. It still remains an active place of worship.
In the middle of a busy street in Amsterdam you can find this little wooden building with an interesting history. It dates from 1896 as a Police Station House with two heartheating coal stoves. During the vigilant works this Post was a pleasant interruption for the policemen.
From 1915 to 1984 the building was used as a public toilet. And now a catering service has taken over the building with the pompous name "City Palace".
The newest addition of small cars is this "Biro limited edition" with room for two. No drivers licence needed, parking for free everywhere even on the sidewalk. Not allowed on highways only meant for driving in cities. I am not sure I like parked cars on sidewalks....