A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
019: Tourist Carriages
In the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), there is an interesting photo dated between 1890 and 1910. The author of this so-called gelatin silver print is George Hendrik Breitner, and the picture shows a queue of carriages, waiting for passengers, on Dam Square. More than a century later, I walked in the same square, near the Royal Palace, where these two carriages were stationed. And they too were waiting for passengers. However, this time they didn’t wait for travelers to be transferred to a random destination in the city, but for tourists who can enjoy a regular tour through the historic center of Amsterdam. In a century a lot has happened and changed, the square is a silent witness of all of that. And yet here history seems to repeat itself ….
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2010, 2017