Exhibition De Wallen
Exhibition Pakhuis de Zwijger: Photographer Xandra van Rossem grew up in Amsterdam during the heroin epidemic in the 1970s. In memory of her youth, she decided to return to De Wallen after 25 years to record the situation now. The result is the series ‘Red Light District’ in which she captures the current era, from the Dutch drug culture to the sex workers and the growing tourism at The Red Light District.
Xandra, You have some wonderful images here that capture a sense of playfulness and fun. The portraits are exciting and natural showing some nice moments. I enjoyed this series of work and thought some of them were tender and moving portraits documenting a very diverse scene. I enjoyed reading about your exchange with your subjects and that is a great way of working. You have a great street style that reminds me of a more friendly version of Bruce Gilden’s work. Keep shooting! You have found excited and animated subject matter and obviously, do well working with and interacting with people. Your style is playful and I could see this becoming a much longer series. Individuals brought together as a series and put into a book could be a great way to develop this project..