Idyll In Holland, 1979-81

It was in Spring 1979 that Bettie Ringma and I moved to Amsterdam. After five years in the United States Bettie was happy to return to her native country and I was eager to learn more about her culture. In Amsterdam we lived on a houseboat on the Prinsengracht right opposite the Anne Frank House. Karen Kvernenes who ran the gallery and bookstore Art Something asked us to mount a small version of the Punk Art we had organized in Washington D.C.. For money, Bettie and I started selling instant Polaroid portraits in the city's bars and clubs. When Polaroid Corporation gave us free film to take second shots, Karen helped us organize the exhibition Amsterdam Privé. A large spread of our bar photos in the popular weekly magazine Nieuwe Revu was the first of many articles they commissioned that allowed us to translate our art ventures into popular journalism.

Amsterdam Privé - Selling Polaroid Portraits in the Bars of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Privé: Selling Polaroid Portraits in the Bars of Amsterdam