ELMER DE HAAS
photographer, director and artist


amsterdam
the netherlands

Elmer de Haas

Elmer started his career directing tv commercials for Hewlett Packard, Coca Cola and Samsung but his sense of imagery naturally lead to photography becoming equally important on his professional path.

His steadily growing photographic œuvre is often characterized as “work that embodies great emotional depth, with a sensitive eye for composition and storytelling”. He translates voyeurism into sensitivity and does not seek, he
finds his motives. An instant, a moment in time, beauty or dignity. He tells what speaks to him, the blue hour of a
human being, fate, a place.

my preferred spot for a morning coffee

DE KOFFIE SALON
Utrechtsestraat 130
1017 VT Amsterdam

www.dekoffiesalon.nl

Perfect coffee, nice ambiance, very local. Coffees to take out or to enjoy inside. A big plus... they do not allow you to work on your laptop. It is a place to drink coffee and enjoy your company.

my favourite cultural institution

STEDELIJK MUSEUM
Museumplein 10
1071 DJ Amsterdam

www.stedelijk.nl

I love the Stedelijk museum, which is but a stone's throw away from the RIJKS MUSEUM and the VAN GOGH MUSEUM. They all run interesting exhibitions and have wonderful collections of their own.

For photography I go to FOAM at the Keizersgracht.

Also worth a visit is the filmmuseum EYE at the IJ.

here’s where I buy my books

TASCHEN STORE
P.C. Hooftstraat 44
1071 BZ Amsterdam

www.taschen.com

They have a fantastic collection of signed photography books; just take the stairs down one level. They also have an interesting collection of signed photographs, (in case you want to spend some money).

THE AMERICAN BOOK CENTER
Spui 12
1012 XA Amsterdam

www.abc.nl

A four floor building filled with books. Most of them in the English language. Books on basically every subject.

additional local shops I support

MAISONNL
Utrechtsestraat 118
1017 VT Amsterdam

www.maisonnl.com

This concept store sells stuff you do not really need in your day to day life, but which is nice to give as presents.

OUTRAS COISAS
Herenstraat 31
1015 BZ Amsterdam

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A nice and tiny shop in the heart of the Jordaan with a very friendly owner. Sells custom made jewellery for men and women, clothes (for women) and a wide range of other things, from candles to lamps to towels.

this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends

CANNIBALE ROYALE
several locations

www.cannibaleroyale.nl

Famous for their spareribs. Loud and noisy ambiance, but super good food and service! If you like meat. They have four restaurants by now; my favourites are The Handboogstraat (Handboogstraat 17) or the Lange Niezel (Lange Niezel 1) locations.

or

CAFE LOETJE
several locations

www.loetje.com

If you like a steak, Loetje is the place. A no-nonsense restaurant Amsterdam style. I prefer the “old” one at Johannes Vermeerstraat 52. This is where it all started. During summer and joining people with a boat I can also recommend LOETJE AAN 'T IJ (Werfkade 14, 1033 RA Amsterdam).

or

CAFE RESTAURANT AMSTERDAM
Watertorenplein 6
1051 PA Amsterdam

www.caferestaurantamsterdam.nl

Located in a gorgeous restored pump house this is another very fine place to go. I recommend the Dutch shrimps as a starter and a steak tartare as main course. Really a great location with fantastic food. It's also close the WESTERGASFABRIEKS TERREIN, a place where festivals and fairs are being held and where you can find some nice bars.

here I dine when there’s something to celebrate

When in the company of fish lovers I like to go to LUCIUS (Spuistraat 247,
1012 VP Amsterdam). The sole is my favorite dish. Great food, reservations necessary.

www.lucius.nl

When in company of Japanese food lovers the traditional Bento lunchbox at the YAMAZATO RESTURANT in the Okura Hotel (Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam) is such a treat. A traditional Japanese restaurant, fantastic food and service and a serious saké wine list.

If you are a fan of teppanyaki kitchen, have dinner at the SAZANKA RESTURANT, also located within the Okura hotel.

www.okura.nl

my bars of choice

CAFE THE HUYSCHKAEMER
Utrechtsestraat 137, 1017 VM Amsterdam

www.huyschkaemer.nl

CAFE PROUST
Noordermarkt 4, 1015 MV Amsterdam

www.proust.nl

CAFE FINCH
Noordermarkt 5, 1015 MV Amsterdam

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Three nice bars, frequented by local people, ideal for a small bite or just drinks.

an additional thing not to be missed

I would definitely suggest to go to the beach. To Wijk aan Zee. This is a very laid back and relaxed place to go. Have a drink at Timboektoe or Aloha at the North Pier after a walk on the beach. Or rent a surfboard and catch some Dutch waves when the surf is up.

the next person I’d like to read about on creative traveller

Sasha Cherniavsky, executive producer & managing partner at 23/32 Films in Kiev.

Elmer de Haas, Amsterdam

Taken mostly on his travels, Elmer’s photographs describe an encounter, a human being or a way of life while his studio work mainly focusses on the beauty of the feminine.

Elmer has exhibited on various occasions in France, Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands.

2012 — Make A Wish Foundation, Cannes
2012 — People/Places/Faces, Amsterdam
2013 — Moments In Time, Amsterdam
2013 — Moments In Time, Berlin
2014 — Kunst 14, Zurich
2014 — Moments In Time, Zurich
2015 — Off the Wall, Amsterdam
2015 — Off The Wall, Zurich
2016 — Studio Sale/New Work, Amsterdam

 

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