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Amsterdam Canals: Through the Eyes of Cris Toala Olivares

Amsterdam Canals: Through the Eyes of Cris Toala Olivares, now available in the U.S.

Discover the famous Amsterdam canals through the eyes of Ecuadorian photographer Cris Toala Olivares. He highlighted the characteristic places of this city from different angles. The beautiful, historical houses, everyday life and the many tourists are captured through the lens of this top photographer from the air, the ground and the water. The result is a luxurious photography book. The book is now available in the U.S. on


About the Author

Ecuadorian born Cris Toala Olivares (’82) moved to the Netherlands at age 18 to study medicines.  During a volunteer job at a hospital in Gaza, he discovered the power of photography. By taking a portrait of a young patient, he was able to give a voice to this boy no one seemed to care about. Since that Cris started to work for news press agency Reuters and travelled around the world to tell stories of people without a voice. With these stories he won several international photography awards. With a photo of the tear gas attack by Israeli on Palestinean olive farmers, he won the ‘Zilveren Camera’ (silver camera) in 2009. Nowadays Toala Olivares works as an independent photographer for international renown magazines like der Spiegel, Geo and National Geographic. This has enabled him to not only shoot the stories that touch him, but to take the time to dig into the subject deeper.


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