Circus Amsterdam

For a long time, photographer Gerard Wessel lived on the Singel, in the centre of Amsterdam. There he became fascinated by the city’s multifarious urban life existing within a short distance from his house: junkies, prostitutes, tourists, vagrants, club kids, and rebellious youth. Many aspects of society, politics, music, visual arts, and fashion could be found on the streets. Wessel captured the city’s daily life with his Rolleiflex Wide camera, his archive growing steadily through the 1980s and ’90s, and into the 21st century. He became so well-known that, for some young people, you were only really part of Amsterdam’s nightlife scene if you had been photographed by Wessel.


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