From Volkskrantgebouw to Volkshotel

The Volkshotel in the former building of the Volkskrant, still one of the largest newspapers in The Netherlands, transformed during the past year (and the years before that) into an almost new building.

I’ve been experimenting with many different (old) camera’s the past few years. It turned out I took quite a few pictures before, during and (almost) after the make over of the once modern building since I became a member of Bureau Wibautin the Broedplaats** in the VK-building.

Used cameras: Nexus 4, Polaroid (SX-70 and 600), Kodak Brownie model 2, Agfa Rekord II, Venaret

There’s a big disadvantage using a scanner for Polaroids: the tiny layer of plastic shielding the picture from the outside world is thick enough to make the picture look out of focus or just a bit unsharp..

* Bureau Wibaut, a collective of journalists and other media-producing people
** Broedplaats: artist run initiative, a place where rents are relatively low and creativity is high


Krijn Soeteman is a Dutch science and technology journalist. He majored in the history of art and architecture. After his studies he started as a music video producer. This led to producing a Museum Night at the NEMO Science Museum, which eventually led to science journalism. And much more.

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