If you're coming to Amsterdam before 22nd June 2014, I urge you to pop into Niuewe Kerk and spend an hour or so of your time looking at the World Press Photo exhibition that is being held there. I went to the same exhibit held in Oude Kerk in 2012 and I will no doubt seek out 2015's collection when it comes back to Amsterdam next year. I saw "come back" because unbeknownst to me, World Press Photo has its headquarters in Amsterdam and was founded in the city back in 1955. It is also financed by money from the Dutch lottery. While many of the photos take us back to harrowing events of year that has already left us, there are always photos and stories that I was unaware of. It's a juxtaposed, puzzled reminder that while the world we live in can be utterly cruel, it can also be endlessly fascinating. Even if the World Press Photo has moved on by the time you arrive in Amsterdam for a visit, you can do a lot worse than popping into both Nieuwe Kerk and Oude Kerk. They are real giants of cathedrals and need to be seen inside to be believed for their space and yes, for the odd bit of bling lying around.
Frances M. Thompson
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