Amsterdam’s Foam Museum to Actively Participate in Interactive Photography Learning

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Foam organises free guided tours on Thursdays; a way to discover the ongoing exhibitions and get involved in stimulating dialogues that lead visitors through the life and subject of the photographer. Piet van de Kar, one of the guides, says that during his tours he wants to be sure to “Have a dialogue and a group conversation to involve people through the experience of the art since everyone has a different interpretation and different feelings.” Veronica Fontana/ The Amsterdammer

On Sunday, October 14, the Foam Museum of Photography hosted the “RAW x FOAM: Portrait Workshop & Museum Tour” organized by the AUC Photography Committee. Dozens learned about portraiture from members of the museum as part of the various workshops hosted on Sundays to invite people to get involved in photography in an interactive way.

For 16 years, the Foam Museum of Photography has offered a dynamic and international environment to discover what photography is, from the most conceptual to the most journalistic point of view. The main aim to the museum is to make photography accessible to everyone by inviting a diverse audience: from youngsters to elders.

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Dylan Gordon, a 31-year old English Product manager, attends the walk-in workshop hosted by Masahisa Fukase on Sunday afternoon.  “I wanted to get involved in the artist’s perspective and try to understand his reasons” said Gordon, who enjoyed the pragmatic and playful aspect of the workshop. Veronica Fontana / The Amsterdammer 

As part of their initiative, the photography museum organizes different activities, such as free tours on Thursdays. For 10 years, the museum has hosted workshops, inviting people to get involved in photography and art in an interactive way and bridging the traditional distance between artists and visitors, who are encouraged to express their own impressions and interpretations.

Japanese artist Masahisa Fukase, who died in 2012, left behind a large and undiscovered set of archives. During the RAW x FOAM event, a 30-minute tour was first offered to discover Fukase’s work, which is currently being displayed at the museum up until December 12, 2018. Then, the participants proceed to the Portrait photography workshop. Participant were assigned to take a photograph of someone else’s body parts, a photograph that was later printed out in order to be painted and cut out, thus offering the participants a chance to rediscover their inner child.

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Participant were assigned to take a photograph of someone else’s body parts, a photograph that was later printed out in order to be painted and cut out, thus offering the participants a chance to rediscover their inner child. Veronica Fontana/ The Amsterdammer

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The Foam Museum of Photography Amsterdam, offers a dynamic and international environment to discover photography, and has done so for the past 16 years. The museum publishes its own magazine, the Foam Magazine, three times a year which focuses on specific themes concerning art and photography. Veronica Fontana/ The Amsterdammer

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The hall and bookshop, where visitors can leaf through the pages of exhibition catalogues and a large selection of books about photography and photographers. Veronica Fontana/ The Amsterdammer

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Artworks are displayed at the Foam museum. Nerhol, a collective of two Japanese artists who assemble a multitude of photographs taken of a subject, created a layered photo. Veronica Fontana/ The Amsterdammer

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From left: Fumi Lennaerts and Sure de Wit, are the two guides who run many workshops including school-trip workshops and others for tourists around Europe. What they like most about conducting workshops is to see how strangers get along with each other in a playful and creative environment. Veronica Fontana/ The Amsterdammer

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