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Amsterdam Streethearts

by our Editors in Films & Books , 05 juli 2017

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In mid-July, a wonderful photo book by American photographer Shirley Agudo titled “Amsterdam Streethearts” will be released by publishing house Bas Lubberhuizen. The month of August in Amsterdam traditionally comes with an abundance of colors, with GLBTs visiting from all over the world to attent the famous Canal Parade, but also to enjoy the Drag Olympics.

The rainbow flag will be out and proud, and everyone will be “pretty in pink.” And the party month only comes to a close after the extravagant drag queen parade during the centuries-old folk festival Hartjesdag.

Photographer Shirley Agudo became fascinated by these exuberant and liberated manifestations. She photographed the participants and spectators of the festivities over an eight-year period, and in “Amsterdam Streethearts” shows their many flamboyant outfits as well as the looks the spectators give them. She was also allowed to closely follow the transformation process, which can be seen in print for the first time ever.

Shirley Agudo is an American writer and photographer living in the Netherlands. In the past, she has published “The Dutch & Their Bikes”; “Bicycle Mania Holland”; “Fodor’s Holland,” and, in collaboration with S. Gazaleh-Weevers, “Here’s Holland.”

An exhibition with photos from her book will open to the public on July 13th in the exhibition space of the IHLIA square in the Central Public Library, Oosterdokskade 143, third floor, 1011 DL Amsterdam. This show is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00 and can be visited until August 6th. There is no admission fee.

The official launch of “Amsterdam Streethearts” on July 19th will start at 19:30 at Café The Queen’s Head, Zeedijk 20, 1012 AZ Amsterdam.

Shirley Agudo’s “Amsterdam Streethearts” is a 240 page full-color hardback with texts in Dutch and English. The price is 29.99 euros.  



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