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Open Air Exhibition: Steve Bloom Photographs

Some people think Amsterdam is a zoo at any time, but through the end of July, 2007, it will seem a little bit more so.

From now through July 28, the square at Westerkerk is the scene of Spirit of the Wild, an open air exhibition featuring 100 life-size photos of animals in the wild, photograph by South African Steve Bloom.

Bloom, who specializes in nature photography, has won multiple awards for his work.

His pictures are seen around the world in calendars, posters, advertising, editorial features and a multitude of other products. His books have been published in fifteen languages. Professional Photographer Magazine described him as a ‘photographer at the leading edge who sets the agenda for the future’.
– Source: About Us, SteveBloom.com

Many of the animals pictured are threatened with extinction. Bloom hopes to raise awareness for the consequences of changes in the climate.

A local newspaper reported that Steve Bloom found his inspiration when visiting Apenheul, a monkey and primates reserve in the Netherlands. The paper quotes Bloom as saying, “I looked a gorilla deep into his eyes, and decided I had visit them in their natural environment.”

Nowadays elephants are among Bloom’s favorite animals.

Among his collection of elephant photos are ones that show the huge animals swimming in the Andaman sea in India — as seen from below.

These unique photographs are typical of Bloom’s award-winning style.


May 18 through July 28, 24 hours a day.

The photographs are illuminated at night.


Westermarkt, the square surrounding the Westerkerk. [Google Map]

From Dam Square you can walk to Westerkerk in about 10 minutes.

Public Transport:
Trams 13, 14, and 17, and Connexxion buses 170 and 172 stop at Westermarkt.

Steve Bloom Books

If you can’t visit the exhibition, or if you’d like a souvenir without having to tote it back home, buy Steve Bloom’s books at Amazon.com


Steve Bloom’s official website

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