Book Launch: Humans of Amsterdam

You must've heard of Humans of New York and/or Humans of Tel Aviv. Here in Amsterdam, we have Humans of Amsterdam and tonight I attended its official book launch!

THE HUMAN BEHIND HUMANS OF AMSTERDAM

Here's the story of Debra Barraud, the photographer behind Humans of Amsterdam.

THE BOOK LAUNCH

Out of so many people who got photographed, Debra invited three of them so they can tell their stories.

Debra opened the event by telling her story and about how Humans of Amsterdam was born.

Debra opened the event by telling her story and about how Humans of Amsterdam was born.

Trina, an Afghan woman who lost her parents at a very young age. During the times of loss and grief, she turned to books. Her father dreamt of seeing her study in Germany. She is now a student in Hanover.

Trina, an Afghan woman who lost her parents at a very young age. During the times of loss and grief, she turned to books. Her father dreamt of seeing her study in Germany. She is now a student in Hanover.

Amer, a Syrian refugee, finds home in the Netherlands. He aspires to create bionic organs to help his countrymen who lost organs as a result of the war.

Amer, a Syrian refugee, finds home in the Netherlands. He aspires to create bionic organs to help his countrymen who lost organs as a result of the war.

Bart Ongering a.k.a. Meester Bart (Master Bart), a Dutch educator who blogs about his students' often funny, honest, and sometimes painful statements.

Bart Ongering a.k.a. Meester Bart (Master Bart), a Dutch educator who blogs about his students' often funny, honest, and sometimes painful statements.

National Geographic presented Debra a symbolic first copy of her book which the latter offered to her mother, who was sitting in the audience, to express her gratitude.

Debra signed my copy! :)

Debra signed my copy! :)

THE BOOK

In case you'd like to see some snapshots of the book. :)

I left Scheltema feeling so inspired and energized to complete my photography course (s/o to Michigan State University). I've always known that I wanted to do portraiture but didn't know where to begin. But after this event, I realized that a good photo tells a story. So after my basic training, I will learn about visual storytelling next. It's time to stop taking photos and start making them!