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  • 2016
    • December
    • February
      • Listen to the sounds of Europe
        I’m excited to announce that an audio artwork I’ve created has been featured on Earlid! It’s an online gallery of evolving exhibits of sound art. I’m one of ten artists selected for their second Liminal Sounds exhibition and I hope you’ll take a listen.

        Growing up I’d always l

  • 2015
    • November
      • Refugees Welcome?
        It's strange when something you've been paying attention to for a long time suddenly becomes interesting to those around you.

        But Europe's ongoing refugee crisis has become large enough that even though who don't want to are paying attention. I wrote about

    • October
      • Listening to Black Lives
        For those of you who missed my three part series about the experiences of people of African descent in Germany and Poland that aired on KSFR’s Here and There with Dave Marash you’re in luck! You can now listen to all three programs.

        Click here to listen to my report about West

      • Poland For Poles
        Tonight the third and final radio documentary piece, this time focusing on the lives and experiences of people of African descent in Poland airs at 7:05pm Eastern time on

        "As a child there were some times that I just wanted to be white and normal… I just wanted

      • East Is East
        Part two of my three part radio documentary series airs on at 7:05pm Eastern Time on Here and There with Dave Marash. Today we’ll hear the stories of people of African descent who grew up under Communist Rule in East Germany. Unlike in West Germany, where the influence of American soldiers

      • The Lives of Black Folks

        Today the first of these three documentaries airs of KSFR Santa Fe on Here and There, hosted by Dave Marash at 5:05 p.m. Mountain Time/7:05 p.m. Eastern Time and you'll be able to listen to the podcast of each show here. Following each of the documentaries Dave and I talk about what

    • July
      • Time and Again
        The events of the past few days may or may not be remembered as a turning point. The truth is no one knows how things will turn out. What we do know is that the Greek people have voted for a fairer settlement and that the ball is now in the court of Europe's leaders.


    • May
      • Hitting the Streets!
        Buncrana, Ireland

        Last weekend we took to the streets of Buncrana and Letterkenny here in Ireland for two street photography workshops I taught.

        It was a wonderful opportunity to share my perspectives on this artform. We survived some showers and had a grand time.
      • The Great Debate
        Buncrana, Ireland

        We had a great discussion on Saturday about the future of Europe and Ireland's place it in.

        I'm grateful to MEP Marian Harkin and Artlink’s Declan Sheehan and Damian Dowds, editor of the Inishowen Independent who moderated the discussion

      • The Europeans Now on View in Ireland
        Buncrana, Ireland

        If you happen to be in Donegal this month come up to Fort Dunree and see my latest exhibition which is on view through the end of May.

        We're also having a panel discussion about the future of Europe and Ireland's place in it on Saturday M

    • January
      • Time Travel Machine
        What are photographs, what are portraits but a kind of time travel machine?

        Through the image we can stare across time and space and be transported, however fleetingly, to a place and time we have never been. Yet through the image we do have at least a sense of having been the

      • The Photographer's Mirror
        A portrait is many things but as one photographer once told me "every photograph is a self portrait."

        This project has always been about people first and foremost. Through my images and especially my portraits, I try to connect the viewer to the subject so that they

      • Looking Back, Looking Forward
        Last year was a busy one and not all of that involved photography.

        I donated a kidney and had my first public art installation among other things.

        I think this past year has put many things in perspective for me, not least of which is how much photograp

  • 2014
    • December
      • And They Called Themselves The Europeans Video

        I know most of you couldn’t make it to Switzerland to see my multimedia installation And They Called Themselves The Europeans. So I created a short video to give you a sense of what it was like.

    • November
      • Back in BCN!

        After a long recovery since donating a kidney in August I find myself back in Barcelona! I'm working on a few things Europeans related as well as editing more images so stay tuned!

    • October
      • New Media
        Many of you read the profiles I created during my fellowship with the French-American Foundation. Now is your chance to hear some of the voices of those I profiled as well in a short multimedia piece I created.

    • September
      • On The Air
        Recently my interview with the legendary Dave Marash aired on KUNM. We had a wide ranging discussion which centered around immigration in Europe and my work on The Europeans. If you’d like to hear it just visit this link: http://hereandtherewithdavemarash.libsy
        and click on the POD icon or clic

      • Recovery

        Just to let you know everything went very well! Both Jimmie and I are recovering and the surgery was a complete success. I won't be posting all that much over the next few weeks but thanks for all of your thoughts.

    • August
      • On Giving

        Today I’m donating a kidney to my best friend, Jimmie Briggs. This process has given me a lot to think about and in response I’ve written this.

        On Giving

        It’s easier than receiving for most of us, let’s just get that out of the way first. To give is to be lauded. To

      • Why I Am Donating My Kidney On Tuesday
        New York City

        I've been back in New York for the past five weeks for an important reason.

        Next week if all goes well I’ll be donating my kidney to my best friend, author and activist Jimmie Briggs. If you knew him as I do you’d want to give him your kidney too, he’s

    • June
      • The Next Generation

        I'm always struck by how many young people are involved in keeping this tradition alive.

      • City on a Hill

        And they can go higher still!

      • The Human Bridge

        It's amazing to see these towers come to life.

      • Political Sport
        Of course politics finds its way into this sport as well.

        But it's really about teamwork.

      • The Builders
        Higher and higher still!

      • The Highest Peak
        One of the most interesting traditions I've photographed is the building of human towers here in Spain.

        Every two years a huge gathering is held where different teams compete to build the most complex towers.

        Over the next few posts I'll share

      • BCN Sights

        It's a place that draws me close even when I'm far away.

      • Goodbye and Hello!

        It has been a lot of fun to spend time in Switzerland but now it is time to return to Barcelona!

      • Guidelines
        Zurich, Switzerland

    • May
      • Economic Fuel
        Zurich, Switzerland

        We rarely think about where the gas in our cars come from but what about those who power our economy? What are their stories?

      • Tools of the Trade
        Zurich, Switzerland

        I really enjoy spending time in places that I would not ordinarily visit.

        It's probably the best part of being a documentary photographer.

      • Reflected Glory
        Zurich, Switzerland

      • Factory Life
        Zurich, Switzerland

        I've had a chance to spend some time at the Stahl Woodworking factory in Zurich and over the next week I'll share some images!

    • April
      • A Great Show!
        Thanks to everyone who came to the opening!

        This was my first outdoor public installation work and I am happy to have shared it with you!

        It gave me a chance to incorporate some of the field audio and interviews I have

      • Exhibition in Switzerland!
        I hope that you can come to my exhibition here in Uster on the 15th of April!

        And They Called Themselves The Europeans
        A Multimedia Installation
        10 March – 22 May 2014
        Reception 15 April at 19:00
        Poststrasse 3-5
        Uster 8610


      • A Tiny Saw
        Uster, Switzerland

        Because you never know when you'll need one!

      • The Long Road Ahead
        Uster, Switzerland

    • March
    • February
      • Hello From Switerland!
        Uster, Switzerland

        Greetings from Switzerland. I'm just outside of Zurich where I am serving at the AKKU artist in residence!

        It should be an interesting stay!

  • 2013
    • December
      • Whales in them thar hills!

        Along the coast...

      • Pin-Up Girl
        It's amazing what you come across in small towns...

      • Home and Again

        “I always felt like a foreigner even if my mother was German,” Oguz Yenen tells me over tea in Istanbul. He was born in Germany and became a successful director there but moved to Istanbul more than a decade ago.

      • Pining For The Fjords

        What is the perfect antidote to spending two months in bustling Istanbul? How about a month in tiny Ålvik, which is exactly what I did last month. Over the coming days I’ll be sharing my images so you can get a taste of life in the fjords!

    • November
      • A Diamond in the Rough

        Jülide Ya&#351;ar Soncu grew up in France but moved to Istanbul and started a small business. “I didn’t want to live in a country that doesn’t give equality of chance,” Jülide recalls of what began motivating her to look beyond France.

      • The Actor as Bridge

        Haydar Zorlu reached the top in Germany as an actor but decided to move to Istanbul to pursue his creative freedom.

        “I was, and I am, part of two countries. In my case there is no difference and no border between both. I thought it was normal until I was about thir

      • Standing His Ground

        For my latest profile from Sweden we turn to an Iranian born member of Parliament to broaden our perspective on the immigrant experience.

      • A Stranger in a Strange Land

        You can read the first profile I’ve written about Swedes of Turkish descent on!

        Mikail was born in Sweden yet still doesn't feel Swedish.

      • Europe's Lost Generation

        Starting today you can see what I’ve been up to over the past few months. Check out and start reading my latest series exploring the lives of Europeans of Turkish descent as they try to find a place in Europe’s social fabric.

    • October
    • September
      • Barricades

        Across the Bosporus.

      • The Divide

        The distance between Asia and Europe is small yet vast

      • Sunset on Barcelona's Knife Sharpeners

        "Like it? No. But I have to eat," 77 year-old Erique, one of Barcelona's last knife sharpeners tells me when I ask why he continues to get up before dawn to ride his scooter around the city in search of customers. For more than forty years he has taken his mobile

      • The Knife Sharper's Whistle

        For months I had been hearing a peculiar whistle sound every few weeks. After some investigation it turned out that it was one of Barcelona's few remaining knife sharpeners.

        Enrique started in his profession forty years ago at the urging of an uncle.

    • July
      • Exhibition in Barcelona Tonight!

        If you happen to be in Barcelona today or tomorrow stop by the joint exhibition that I'm in! I will be screening the multimedia piece I create exploring European Pentecostalism and showing some rare color prints of my work here in Europe.

        More info: h

      • Sign of This Time

      • Above and Beyond

        If your tire of looking at your feet turn towards the stars...

      • Big Gulp

        There were many things I expected in Sweden. 7/11 is not one of them.

      • Darkness falling

        So far and yet so close...

      • A Little Multimedia Action
        If you are a little more visually oriented check out the photo essay and multimedia piece I published on The Mantle about Pentecostalism's spread here in Europe.

      • Catching Up

        For those of you who love to read please check out my article about the spread of Pentecostalism in Europe which was published in the Spring Issue of World Policy Journal.

        It is the culmination of a year's worth of explorations and I hope you enjoy i

    • June
      • Boys of Summer

        On my first full day back in Europe I find a baseball game!

      • Hello Stockholm!

        Well here I am in Scandinavia for the first time! I'll be around for about a month exploring Sweden and I look forward to keeping you posted on what I discover!

      • Damaso is a 2013 French American Foundation Fellow!
        I’m excited to announce my selection as an Immigration Reporting Fellow by the French American Foundation. For my project I’ll be traveling to Sweden on Sunday for a month to look at the lives of second generation immigrants of Turkish decent and in September I will be based in Istanbul for two mont

  • 2012
    • August
    • July
      • End Times

        My time in Kiev is at a close but I've learned a lot from those I've photographed and spoken to. Now back to Barcelona!

      • The Power
        Kiev, Ukraine

        The power to heal and cast our demons are on display at this revival.

      • Revival Time
        Kiev, Ukraine

        There are few experiences like a Pentecostal revival.

      • Feeling Their Spirit
        Kiev, Ukraine

        Pentecostals are known for their passionate forms of worship.

      • The Eternal Struggle
        Kiev, Ukraine

        Church service in Kiev

      • Freedom in God
        Kiev, Ukraine

        Former drug addicts play in a church sponsored football league

      • Hello Kiev!
        Kiev, Ukraine

        Well here I am, as far east as I have ever come for this project! The next three weeks should be interesting as I explore the spread of Pentecostalism here in Ukraine, stay tuned for images...

    • June
    • May
      • The Faithful

      • Church Life

        So while I'm here I have been spending time at a very small church here in London. A bit of a different experience from Pentecost 2012!

      • The Europeans A Work in Progress Barcelona Exhibition
        I hope you can join me at the opening of my first solo exhibition in Barcelona on June 21st at 19:00 at Galería Alex Telese located at C/ De la Palla, 11, 08002 Barcelona, Spain.

        It also happens to be the summer solstice so we are sure to have a great time!

      • Feeling the Spirit

      • RIght Here Right Now

      • The Fleeting Spirit

        Pentecost 2012

      • A Moment of Praise

        Recently I attended Pentecost 2012, a large celebration here in London. It was very interesting to see people form all backgrounds and walks of life sharing their faith.

      • The Europeans Featured on the New York Times Lens Blog

        This week images from The Europeans were featured on the New York Times Lens Blog. Needless to say I’m pretty excited that my work is reaching a larger audience. I’ve been working on this project for the past seven years and there have been many times where I felt I was toiling in

      • Back to the Start

        After a seven year absence I am back in London. When I began The Europeans my hope was not simply to capture Europe as it is but also as it changes over time. This week I returned to Parliament Square where I first met anti-war activist Brian Haw.

        Brian Haw.

    • April
    • March
      • Hello Istanbul
        I'm in Istanbul for a little while doing some research on a future project!

        It's a lovely city even if the weather is a little off right now. I'm looking forward to spending much more time here in the future but this visit is helping me understand just how much

      • Damaso Reyes Joins the World Policy Institute
        In other news I've joined the World Policy Institute as a Project Leader!

        Some might think it odd that a photojournalist like myself has joined a think tank but I've always been interested in photography as a vehicle to drive discussion, not simply transmit informati

      • Damaso Chosen a a 2012 Knight Luce Religion Reporting Fellow!
        There is some good news today! I've been selected as a Knight Luce religion reporting fellow. From the release:

        Damaso Reyes will investigate the growth of European Pentecostalism led by immigrants from former European colonies. Reporting from Spain, England and Ukraine, Reyes will e

    • February
      • Father and Daughter

        If you haven't gotten a chance to see what I've done on Pentecostals de Barcelona so far please visit this link!

      • The Power and the Glory

        One of the things I love about coming back to a story over time is how much deeper you can go...

    • January
      • Ray Of Light

      • A New Dawn and a New Year
        Another year documenting Europe's changing face!

        When I first started this project I never thought I'd still be working on it in 2012 but here we are. I'm excited to be back in Barcelona and am looking forward to what I will find over the next few months...

  • 2011
    • May
    • April
      • Court of Pubic Opinion

      • The Sound

        Flamenco guitar and voice

        Hear more here

      • The Eye

        Political Debate, Barcelona

      • The Boy is Back in Town

        It took me 1 year, 5 months and 10 days to return to Barcelona.

        But I have returned.

        "Haven't you been saying that for a while now?" Doubters would ask when I told them I was moving here. Timetables shifted, plans were delayed.
    • March
      • St. Louis American Article
        The good folks at the St. Louis American did a piece about me and my work that you can check out here.

        I also have four signed posters form my show to give away. Just send me an email with your postal address!

      • Images From St. Louis
        Here is some documentation from the show along with a nice article that appeared in the student newspaper, enjoy!

    • February
      • Exhibition Opening

        I hope that all of you can join me (at least in spirit) on Friday at the opening of my solo show at the May Gallery in St. Louis. It is work from the Europeans and it should be a fun evening!

      • New Year, New Challenges
        Rochester, NY

        I'm in Rochester for the next few days to talk about my work including The Europeans. I thought I would share a link, in case you haven't seen it already, of the article I wrote for World Policy Journal about the Austrian asylum system.


  • 2010
    • November
      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Well I'm off for NYC once again. While my time here is done you will be seeing more images from Vienna over the coming weeks. In the meantime don't forget to visit my other blog at which I update every weekday. Until I see you again, take care!

      • Damaso on Youtube
        Most of you couldn't make it to my opening on Tuesday but if you want to see what it was like please check out this video on YouTube!

      • Exhibition Opening in Vienna
        Thanks to everyone who came out to my exhibition opening in Vienna last night!

    • October
    • September
      • Fear and Loathing in Vienna

        Fountain. Vienna 2010

      • Conflation

        "Police Everywhere, Justice Nowhere." Posters. Vienna 2010

      • Back in the Saddle Again

        Art opening. Vienna, September 2010

        So I'm back in Wien! It's been a few weeks and I'm slowly getting back into the groove. I got a grant from the Ford Foundation to complete a project about asylum seekers here in Austria. As usual things are going s

    • July
      • Worth the Wait
        I really am a post modern kind of guy! I was in Tallinn shooting away but also editing images that I shot in Barcelona last year. Now I am back in New York writing about it all. Cool don’t you think?

        The strong arms of the law.

        Well I have a few new galleries of images up

    • May
      • 59°22'N 24°48'E

        Greetings from sunny Estonia! For a little over a week I’ve been an artist in residence at the Polymer Culture Factory here in Tallinn and I will be here until the end of June. Housed in a old toy factory Polymer is the last word in post-industrial. The people are friendly and the

    • April
      • New Postcard from Brittany!
        The Postcard Project is Back, Again!

        There is a lovely postcard with an image from Brittany, yours for the taking. The Postcard Project is my attempt to create tangible works of art in this digital age. Each series is limited to 100 pieces and has a personal message from me t

    • March
      • Looking Forward and Thinking Back

        Spring is coming soon… I hope… Brittany 2008

      • Good Fences and Good Neighbors

        The writing on the wall. Berlin 2007 © Damaso Reyes

      • The Seeker
        As much as we might like them to be photographs are not answers, they are questions. When I began chasing the question of how Europe is changing as the European Union expands I never expected to encounter an answer. Instead I sought to challenge my own assumptions about this place and its diverse pe

    • February
      • New Limited Edition Postcard
        I have several photographs from The Europeans in a group show that is up right now in Ohio and in celebration I’ve created a limited edition postcard!

        Supplies are limited (duh) so send me a message with your mailing address and you too can be part of the magic, not to mention own a Dam

      • Remembrance Day

        The Tradition. Hungary 2009.

      • The Works of Man

        High technology at CERN. © Damaso Reyes

      • Looking Out

        Watching and Waiting. Slovakia 2009

      • Since I've been gone
        Long time no speak!

        Singing the song. Brittany 2008.

        So what have I been up to you ask? Well this and that is the real answer. Teaching, thinking and of course constantly applying for grants and fellowships not to mention plotting my return to Europe. I’m aiming for mid A

  • 2009
    • December
      • Happy New Year!
        Happy New Year!

      • Featured on
        Recently one of my images from The Europeans was featured on the website. Please check it out when you have a moment!

        East bound train. Bratislava, Slovakia 2009.

      • Where the Money is At
        I recently stopped by Frankfurt for a few days on my way back to New York. One of the highlights of the trip was the chance to photograph the trading floor of the Stock Exchange. Far from the frenetic scene most of us think of the trading floor was fairly quiet and very well organized (insert your j

      • Freedom of Worship
        I had a chance to visit the Kephas church in Vienna during my stay in that fine city and here are some images. Unlike many other parts of Austria society the worshipers at Kephas really believe in a diverse society and the benefits that brings. The congregation is multinational and there are many mi

    • November
      • Family Time, Europeans Style

        Family moment. Hungary 2009

        To see more images of Hungary, follow the link!

      • The Hand of Fate

        East bound train. Bratislava, Slovakia 2009

        To see more images from Slovakia please visit the photo department.

      • New Hungary and Slovakia image galleries

        My time in Hungary and Slovakia earlier this year was short, but sweet. I made some new friends and had the chance to spend more time in eastern Europe, something that is essential in telling the story of how Europe is changing. Here are links to some galleries. In just ten weeks I

      • New Galleries from Brittany

        But where are the photos? That is what people always ask. Working in film and in black and white means that I can’t just show someone the photo I’ve taken five seconds later. It takes time. Days, weeks even months later I produce the “results.” While I certainly do enjoy the end pr

      • Gone but not Forgotten

        Student protester. Vienna 2009

        Do real leftists wear Che shirts?

      • And the Walls Came Tumbling Down...
        In order to know where we are going it is important to think about where we have been. Twenty years ago the wall between east and west Germany began to fall and a new chapter began. Now all we have are the remnants and our memories, not to mention our history, which follows us around like a shadow.

      • Run for the Border

        A Schengen Treaty supporter.

      • Back in the Saddle Again

        Well it’s snowing right now in Vienna which should give you an idea that I am no longer in the warm embrace of the Mediterranean coast. It just can’t all be beach days and sunshine, can it? Vienna is much as I remember it from my trip last year. The smell of wood burning in firepla

    • October
      • Goodbye Barcelona, Hello Wien

        It’s been an interesting month here in Barcelona. I have certainly gotten to know the city much better, which was one of my strategic aims. Often photography is not actually about taking photos; it is about laying the groundwork so you can take pictures. That having been said I

      • A Fortnight later...

        It’s been an interesting two weeks here in Barcelona. The city is as lovely as I remember it from four years ago. Here are a few images…

    • September
      • Barcelona Bound!
        Well after a few months back in the States I am off to Barcelona for a month and then Vienna! Stay tuned for more info and maybe even some photos if you’re lucky!

        Watching and waiting in Barcelona…

      • The Europeans Inc. has Moved!
        The Europeans Inc. has a new home! Please visit when you have a chance. Here anyone interested in what is happening in Europe can engage and share their thoughts. The website is very new but over time it will develop into a multi-media, interactive playground fro those

    • August
      • Big Brother IS watching you...
        The British have a term for intrusive, heavy handed government: the Nanny State. It seems like the government is taking the term to a whole new level as we learn from the Daily Express.

        We’ve got our eye on you…

        “The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 2

      • Design it and they will come...
        What happens when a country has to change its perception about what it does best? In America that did happen in many ways as the economy shifted from manufacturing to a more service oriented economy. Right now it looks like Germany, long known for its precision manufacturing, is starting to have the

      • Big Brother IS watching you...
        The British have a term for intrusive, heavy handed government: the Nanny State. It seems like the government is taking the term to a whole new level as we learn from the Daily Express.

        We’ve got our eye on you…

        “The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 2

      • You say jump? I ask how high?
        The class barriers that many Europeans, especially the British, face is nothing new. But just how pervasive a roadblock is class in the U.K.? explores this issue in an excellent report.

        What chance do I have?

        “The government there is out with a new report

      • Taking back the image...
        Part of what we are trying to do here at The Europeans is give voice to those who are all too often ignored by the main stream media. Well sometimes the MSM gets it right and we turn to the Guardian to see how it is done.

        Through a window, darkly…

        “The subtle images

      • Start me up!
        If the course of true love never runs smoothly can we not say the same thing for great science? We learn more from The New York Times.

        We’re working on it!

        “After 15 years and $9 billion, and a showy “switch-on” ceremony last September, the Large Hadron Collider, the gian

      • The Few Who Remain
        A lot has been said about the demise of photojournalism, a subject of particular interest to use here at The Europeans. The New York Times has a great article about the death of the great French photo agency Gamma.

        Remains of the day. Vienna 2008. © Damaso Reyes

      • Many Eyes, Many Perspectives
        The Europeans is going on summer break (in reality we are working on updating the website with lots of new images) so we won’t be posting that frequently for the next two weeks. Until then, he’s an interesting article about how we look at things from the New York Times.


    • July
      • Some Applications are Better than Others...
        Tempest in a tea cup or a real case of discrimination? That is the question many in Europe are asking. We learn more from the EU Observer.

        Don’t tell anyone but you’re in! Stuttgart 2007 © Damaso Reyes

        “The EU has tried to ward off any potential ill feeling in the Balkans

      • Free Limited Edition Postcards
        It’s all about changing the way people see the world, especially Europe, here at The Europeans. A big part of how we do that is through photographs. I am sure you’ve enjoyed the images we’ve posted over the years but I also know that some of you long to hold these images in your hands.


      • The Flower of Freedom
        What happens when you finally get what you’ve been fighting for? In Sweden, we see what gays and lesbians have been up to lately. More from The Local.

        The flower of freedom is in bloom. © Damaso Reyes

        “More female than male same-sex couples have chosen to marry sinc

      • Taking the bull by the horns in Spain
        In many ways, from banking to social benefits Europe is light years ahead of America. It seems like Europeans are also warming to the idea of electronic books and more importantly European publishers, unlike their American counterparts, are taking the bull by the horns when it comes to eBooks.
      • Voting Again for the Frist Time
        The E.U. Constitution is dead. Long live the E.U. Constitution. We learn more from Der Spiegel.

        Is this the right box? We shall see. The Netherlands 2005 © Damaso Reyes

        “The date is set. The second referendum in Ireland on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty will take

      • Hold high the banner of Freedom
        Protesting in Europe is a time honored tradition. Some young people see hurling paving stones at “the man” as a rite of passage. In the eyes of many no event more symbolizes global capitalist oppression than the G-8 summit, held this year in Italy. But for some reason the protestors have not booked

      • Seperate and Unequal
        The global economic crisis is being deeply felt throughout Western Europe. Despite generally having a world class social safety net unemployment in some countries is nearing 20%, straining the system. As we’ve mentioned here before, the Spanish economy is increasingly coming under pressure. We learn

      • Profiling in Paris
        In many ways Europe has been historically more progressive than the United States but the scars and legacy of colonialism run deep as we learn from the New York Times.

        The writing on the wall. Paris 2007. © Damaso Reyes

        “Racial and ethnic profiling by the police is illega

      • An unusual experiment
        How we treat those who transgress our laws is in interesting indication of what the values of a society are. Europeans as we are well aware have different values so why should it be a surprise that some of their prisons are also different? We get a look inside via the New York Times Magazine.

      • Running towards the barricades
        France is known for its rich cultural legacy one that is perhaps best or at least most famously manifested in its food. To visit France is to eat well, trust me, I know! But who are these people who fill the American fast food restaurants in Paris? Certainly not Americans by and large. We learn more

      • Equalibrium
        The year is half over. The solstice was also a few days ago and now I have spent more time outside of Europe this year than inside it. The days are growing ever so slightly shorter and a return to Europe, like international communism during the Soviet era, is on the horizon but drawing no closer.
    • June
      • How free is my valley?
        How free are we? Can we say what we like? Can we publish our ideas without fear of legal punishment? Who decides what is allowable and what should be banned? These questions were of such concern to the framers of the American constitution that the first amendment to that constitution enshrined the f

      • Out of Right field
        Hungary is an interesting example of the transformation that many Eastern European nations have gone through. One of those changes is a lively multi-party democracy. But interestingly enough it is the far right that has been perhaps the most savvy in using these new freedoms to their advantage as we

      • Out of Right field
        Hungary is an interesting example of the transformation that many Eastern European nations have gone through. One of those changes is a lively multi-party democracy. But interestingly enough it is the far right that has been perhaps the most savvy in using these new freedoms to their advantage as we

      • A World Apart...
        In the twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall a lot has changed in Germany. But a lot has stayed the same as we learn from the New York Times.

        And the walls came tumbling down… Berlin 2006 © Damaso Reyes

        “But outside big cities like Dresden, Leipzig or Berli

      • All together now...
        Sometimes a crisis brings people together; more often than not it drives people apart. The global economic crisis™ has served the latter purpose for politicians across Europe as each seemingly seeks his or her own solution to a problem that doesn’t stop at the borderline. More from the New York Time

      • Right turn...
        The results are in and the big winners in the recent E.U. parliamentary elections, besides Sweden’s Pirate Party of course, is the right, as we learn from Der Spiegel.

        Thank you very much! The Hague 2005. © Damaso Reyes

        “Geert Wilders and his populist Party for Free

      • Vive la rosé !
        The people of Europe spoke, and the regulators listened!

        Cheers! France 2008. © Damaso Reyes

        “The European Union, bowing to an outcry from traditional vintners, has reversed itself and decreed that the cut-rate technique of mixing red wine with white does not make a

      • The State of the (European) Union
        And just how are things going in Europe? Well our friends at Der Spiegel have traveled across the E.U. to answer just that question and here are the results! I am sure you will enjoy spending your weekend learning just what they found…

        The tie that binds… © Damaso Reyes

      • Home again, Home again...
        As you know the current economic crisis has been tough on immigrants of all stripes. We learn of another group which has been hard hit in a great article from The New York Times.

        Leave? But I just got here! Geneva 2007 © Damaso Reyes

        “Trieu Dinh Van’s long journey two yea

      • Pirates on Parade...
        Far from containing the pirate problem, they are actually winning seats in the European Parliament!

        Hide your women and wine… Berlin 2007 © Damaso Reyes

        “Sweden's pro-file sharing Pirate Party is on its way to Brussels having secured more than 7 percent of the countr

      • Goodbye, Farewell!
        The global economic crisis ™ has had all kinds of interesting effects, some of which we won’t learn about for many years. Of course there are others which are much more immediate and the money that once fueled our mobility is increasingly drying up, as we learn from the I.H.T.


      • Election time = Party time!
        It’s election time! At least in Europe where millions of Europeans will soon go to the polls for European Parliamentary elections. But there are big concerns over turnout, as we learn from Der Spiegel.

        “What do you mean ‘throw the bums out’ ?” Vienna 2008. © Damaso Reyes

      • A Big Birthday!
        Birthdays are always a good way to start the week and why not begin with a really big one? We learn more from National Public Radio…

        I said Happy Birthday! London 2005. © Damaso Reyes

        “Defiantly low-tech yet accurate to the second, London's Big Ben is having it

    • May
      • The blame game...
        The past is always with us, especially in Germany. World War II ended more than sixty years ago but its lessons and the tragedies they stem from, are still with us. Der Spiegel has an interesting, and apparently controversial, article about the madmen of the Third Reich and their helpers.

      • All that glistens is not gold, and vice versa...
        I try to combine my two favorite topics, Europe and photography, in every post I make here. Occasionally the link is more explicit that implicit, something I enjoy a great deal. We learn more from the New York Times.

        The lens as mirror. Vienna 2008. © Damaso Reyes

      • Sprintime for Hitler and Germany...
        I thought I would end the week on a lighter note. The hit musical The Producers has finally come to Germany after traveling the world. Perhaps it is a sign of progress that Germans can now laugh at Hitler.

        Forget me not. Berlin 2007 © Damaso Reyes

        “So much time has passed now,”

      • A little help from our friend
        Everything old is new again! We’re fond of clichés here at The Europeans if for no other reason than they hold more than a grain of truth. We learn more about a recent revival from the New York Times.

        Bringin’ it back old school style. Vienna 2008 © Damaso Reyes


      • We don't want any...
        Immigration has been pushed to the back burner a bit by the economic crisis but for the millions of people in Europe who are affected by this issue it is never far from the fore. The EU Observer has an interesting and timely piece about the progress, or in this case lack thereof, which is being made

      • Brother can you spare a job?
        It wouldn’t be Monday if we didn’t get back to reality, as unappealing as it is. The reality is that Europe’s brightest economic stars of the past decade are also those who are hurting the most, as we learn from the Economist.

        Clean up needed! Cologne 2007 © Damaso Reyes

      • Farmers Fight Back!
        We can joke that the European Union is nothing more than geography surrounded by bureaucracy but those arcane regulations which spring forth from Brussels by the thousands actually do have an impact on the lives of ordinary people, as the Washington Post explains.

        Just fix it. Stutt

      • And Now for Something Completely Different...
        It’s time for a something a little lighter and our friends at The are more than willing to help out!

        You can call me whatever you want… London 2005

        “A Swedish couple from Åre in northern Sweden have taken their fight to name their son Q to the Supreme Administra

      • Would you mind passing the Grey Pupon?
        If you’ve ever spent some time in France you understand that they know how to live. Two hour lunches, great food and wine, even their trains are chic. Well it seems that French philosophy on life is even helping them weather the current global economic crisis, as we learn from The Economist.
      • Can I Have More Please?
        “The rich get richer.” Just because it’s a cliché does mean it isn’t true, as we learn in an article from the always informative E.U. Observer.

        Running roughshod. Stuttgart 2007. © Damaso Reyes

        “Royal landowners and multinational companies were among the biggest be

      • Pirates Attack Parliament
        It seems like pirates are just in the news everywhere these days! In Sweden, the Pirate Party, born out of the fight over file sharing, seems poised to capture a seat in the European Union Parliament as we learn from Gizmodo.

        Raise high the banner! Berlin 2007 © Damaso Reyes
      • My Kingdom for a Bulb!
        One of the things that I love about Europe is that no matter how intermixed its cultures become there will always be noticeable regional differences. Take the British and the Germans for example. A friend of mine who lived in Germany for many years once joked that if the government there declared th

      • Learning to Love Taxes (or at least not hate them)
        “Us and them.” It is often what the world breaks down to. “Them” is always an abstraction, never a reality and rarely nuanced. One of the great things about traveling and living abroad is that it brings you face to face with “them” and if you aren’t careful you might even become one of them. In a gr

      • Falling Prices, Failing hopes...
        Happy May Day! At least happy for some of us, not so happy for others caught in this global economic crisis, which turns out to be most of us. Spain, once one of Europe’s fastest growing economies now risks getting caught in a cycle of deflation, as we learn from the New York Times.

    • April
      • All Together Now!
        So how will Europe deal with the economic crisis? This seems to be our theme of the week here at The Europeans and it is an important topic indeed. Recently Der Spiegel interviewed the Chancellor of Austria who had some interesting things to say.

        Next Question… Vienna 2008 © Damaso

      • Back to the Future
        The more economic news we hear from Europe, the more it seems like the party is indeed over. Of course rising unemployment rates in places like Spain don’t just affect citizens but also the thousands of immigrants who have come to Western Europe seeking a better life as we learn in this article.
      • Any Port in the Storm...
        I really, really want to go to Iceland this summer so if anyone wants to help subsidize the trip just let me know. I have become a little fascinated by this tiny island nation since their banking system, and just about the rest of their economy collapsed last year. There is a lot going on there are

      • By Hook or by Crook...
        European Union elections are notorious for their low turnout unlike local and national elections in most nations. Not all European leaders are asleep at the switch, even if their methods for increasing turnout is a bit dubious. We learn more from

        Calling all voters. Vie

      • Four Years On...
        Last week I let the 4th anniversary of The Europeans pass without so much as a note. Personally I am not much of a birthday or anniversary type of person but it is important to recognize the passage of time. It is also a useful opportunity to think about where we’ve been and where we are going.
      • All that Glistens...
        When I was living in Germany in 2007 I got to visit the quaint town of Pforzeim a few times. Well as we noted yesterday the economic crisis seems to be invading every part of Europe including the places thought to be untouchable, as we read in an article from the New York Times.


      • Struggling in Bohemia
        European countries large and small are feeling the pinch from the current economic crisis. You may not feel that the fact you’ve decided not to buy a new television in Berlin or Barcelona matters very much anywhere else but as we discover from an article in the Prague Post, the ripple effect is very

      • Stand Up and be Counted
        Race is a problem that’s not going away in America, let alone Europe. While we’ve had our Civil Rights movement and the cathartic election of Barack Obama has done much to heal old wounds old and ongoing injustices still ache like, well, old wounds. France is having its own troubles as we learn from

      • Photo of the Day #133
        It’s strange that in that most law abiding of European nations, Germany, that they are having trouble enforcing a smoking ban. I guess those Berliners are just living up to their wild and crazy reputation for bucking the trend. We learn more from The Local.

        Just another puff please…

      • Photo of the Day #132
        Isn’t it interesting that something most of us had never heard of twenty years ago, the internet, now plays such an important role in our lives? Just by reading this sentence you affirm the role of the worldwide web in your life. In Moldova the web has played a critical role in protests over the las

      • Photo of the Day #131
        One would think that the issue of the separation of church and state would have been largely settled in what is becoming an increasingly godless Western Europe. But from time to time the big man, or woman depending on your preference, makes an appearance. This time the spotlight moves towards our fr

      • Photo of the Day #130

        Well it certainly is nice to be back in New York! Spring has arrived and I am enjoying it as much as possible. I can report however that the Guinness at the Dublin airport is tasty, lending credence to the idea that the closer one get’s to St. James’ Gate the better the brew.
    • March
      • Photo of the Day #129
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        Goodbye Slovakia! At least for now… I am headed to the airport and back to New York so I won’t be blogging as much this week. But in the meantime here is an interesting piece from our friends at Der Spiegel which discusses what has been happening in the twenty years sinc

      • Photo of the Day #128
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        As it always does my time here is growing short! Tomorrow I head back to New York but I can say that I had a very good time here in Slovakia. In life you never know where the road will take you and that has been very much the case here in Slovakia. I have met some intere

      • Visiting the Suzuki Factory
        Esztergom, Hungary

        Recently I traveled across the river to Esztergom to photograph at the Suzuki Factory. Founded in 1991 Magyar Suzuki Corporation was one of the first examples of foreign direct investment after the end of the cold war. Today the plant turns out over 700 cars a day for t

      • Photo of the Day #127
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        Progress comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s big, like the election of Barack Obama. Most of the time it’s measured in much smaller increments. No matter how small change for the better is always welcome as we see in this article from the Guardian.


      • Photo of the Day #126
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        Times are tough all around. If you don’t believe me, just ask the Irish. Ireland was once the belle of the ball; now the Celtic Tiger is hurting like the rest of Europe. With a 10% unemployment things will likely get far worse before they get better, as we learn from the

      • Photo of the Day #125
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        In the boom times there are jobs that most of us wouldn’t bother even thinking about: washing dishes, picking fruit, driving trucks. When the boom times go bust things have a dramatic tendency to change as we read in the International Herald Tribune.


      • Photo of the Day #125
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        The large issues which face Europe are all interconnected. Earlier in the week we started by talking about immigration in Italy. Well one of the reasons Western Europe needs immigrants is because of a shrinking workforce and declining birthrate. Well European leaders are

      • Photo of the Day #124
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        The economic downturn has impacted everyone, even nations who for many years felt that they were immune to the gyrations of the marketplace. The Celtic Tiger is now whimpering but that doesn’t mean that Irish workers are not trying to fight back as we learn from the I.H.

      • Photo of the Day #123
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        One of my pet peeves in Europeans foreign policy, or lack thereof. It seems like I am not the only one who is noticing that their might just be a small problem. American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent trip to Europe brought out just how uncoordinated the Eu

      • Remembering
        Esztergom, Hungary

        On Sunday I walked over the bridge to Esztergom to photograph the comemeration of the Hungarian revolution which happens every year on the Ides of March. The procession winded through the town to the local cemetery. Yet another example of the pull that history has here

      • Photo of the Day #122
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        All too often the media’s coverage of the issue of immigration is monolithic with very little nuance, or detail for that matter. Even worse we rarely get to hear the voices of immigrants themselves, which is why this article in the International Herald Tribune is all the

      • Dancing and Drinking
        Muzla, Slovakia

        On Saturday I was lucky enough to be invited to a wine competition which featured some traditional folk dancing. Drinking wine and taking pictures is not a bad way to spend a Saturday night. Here are a few images, enjoy!

        Movement. © Damaso Reyes

      • Photo of the Day #121
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        I know that it seems like what I do is a lot of fun, and it is! For all of you Europeans who want to get in on the picture taking fun there is a contest that lets you do just that.

        Smile for the camera! Vienna 2008 © Damaso Reyes

        “For over 50

      • Photo of the Day #120
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        And now for something completely different: good news! Or at least not depressing news. This article comes from the IHT and it focuses on sustainable living, and remodeling, in Barcelona.

        “The floor tiles made from smashed television screens did not, in the en

      • Photo of the Day #119
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        Last week Vanity Fair Germany closed. It is not particularly surprising given the current economic climate or the large number of American newspapers which have closed or filed for bankruptcy. Nevertheless it is saddening for me personally since I worked there as an Arth

      • Photo of the Day #118
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        Turkey has been a question on the lips of many within the European Union. Of course no one has an answer. But in the hopes of joining the E.U. Turkey’s leaders, with great difficulty it must be said, has been pushing to modernize their. Gender rights are just one part of

      • Photo of the Day #117
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        It seems that when there are economic tensions in the world political ones are not far behind. They aren’t always directly related but they coincide often enough for the relationship to be more than coincidental. Tensions are brewing in Bosnia, the site of so much sadnes

      • Photo of the Day #116
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        The current economic crisis is not limited to the United States by any means. Europe has struggled for years with stagnant growth and high unemployment. Now Germany is being asked to help out some of its smaller E.U. neighbors as we learn from this opinion piece in Der S

      • Photo of the Day #115
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        Since it seems like we are fixed on Germany here at The Europeans, we might as well have some fun with it as well as try to shift our focus to the E.U. as a whole. This article from the takes on an important issue in a lively way.

        Babel. He

      • Photo of the Day #114
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        It only seems like it’s Germany week here at the Europeans but in all fairness it is the largest country in terms of G.D.P. and population so I suppose it is only fair that it catches the spotlight every once in a while. Also perhaps this will motivate me to keep practic

      • Photo of the Day #113
        Stúrovo, Slovakia

        Those of you who know me well know that I have a new obsession: my Amazon Kindle. It’s an electronic book reader, about the size of a trade paperback it can hold thousands of books. After years of traveling I have managed to get what I pack down to the bare essentials. I

      • Photo of the Day #112
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        I hope that you enjoyed the photos we posted last week but we also know that you come for the interesting news and discussion about Europe so this week there will be a bit more of that. To start things off I thought I would highlight an interesting article I found a whil

    • February
      • Kid's Play
        Komárom, Hungary

        Yesterday I went with my friend Szilvia to photograph at her job in Komárom. She works at Gekko, which is focused around early childhood development and education. I spent the day with her as she took the children who stopped by through games and fun exercises designed to

      • A Winter Festival
        Sturovo. Slovakia

        Over the weekend I went to an interesting festival (Maskarázás) in Chlaba, nearby town. As it was explained to me the purpose was to banish Winter (which we all hate don’t we?) so that our friend Spring can come along and make us happy. It seemed like a good reason to d

      • A Winter Walk
        Esztergom, Hungary

        Winter has been visiting us quite a bit here in Eastern Europe. Now those who know me well understand I am not really in favor of this whole business of cold and snow but sadly until I get that villa in southern Spain I will no doubt be seeing a lot more snow. In the be

      • Photo of the Day #111
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        The European Union is perhaps the most perfectly imperfect of all multinational institutions. If it were a car, it would be held together by duct tape right about now. But that is not preventing the drivers, nearly thirty at this point, from trying to drive this metaphor

      • Photo of the Day #110
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        Kosovo just celebrated its first independence day this week. The country has come a long way in the past year but there are still many hurdles not least of which is the fact that most nations in the world, including several members of the European Union, do not yet recog

      • Photo of the Day #108
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        When a young child jumps up and down and screams do you:
        A.) ignore the child
        B.) hit the child
        C.) try to calmly reason with the child

        Well the saga of Geert Wilders, a Dutch right-wing politician continues. He was recently banned from enteri

      • Now Starring on Kodak's Homepage...
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        Just a quick update to let you know that one of my images is now being featured on Kodak’s homepage for professional photographers! When you have a chance, stop by and check it out…

        Kosovo 2005 © Damaso Reyes

      • Dance Nation
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        On Friday I went to the annual dance that the local high school puts on for its students. What was remarkable is how unremarkable it was. Girls were all dressed up and had their hair done; the boys looks uncomfortable in their suits and tuxedos. They danced to bad music

      • Photo of the Day #107
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        I thought I would end the week on a positive note, or at least as positive as I can manage given the state of the world at the moment. A new government has been formed in the storm battered nation of Iceland. At its head is Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, whom we

      • Photo of the Day #106
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        Life in Europe is very much dominated by history. Be it the monuments to those lost in war or the traditions which have been passed along down the centuries history is ever with us here. An interesting article from Der Spiegel in Germany talks about some recent history.<

      • Photo of the Day #105
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        Europe needs a constitution. And it certainly needs a first amendment as we learn in an article from the New York Times.

        “Four executives of Google begin trial Tuesday in Milan on criminal charges of defamation and privacy violation in regard to a video posted

      • Palinka Time!
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        So last weekend was not just about dancing, let me tell you! I also got to do some relaxing, which in this part of the world invariably involves drinking, and lots of it. Well, when in Hungary, do as the Hungarians do, I always say!

        Opening the taps! © D

      • Photo of the Day # 104
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        What’s truly ironic is that if America had treated the huge wave of 19th century Italian immigrants they way Rome is, and has proposed treating the African migrants who come to its shores every day I doubt there would be a pizza shop in Brooklyn. Italians, along with the

      • Dancing in Budapest

        I don’t know about you but I had a pretty busy weekend! There’s so many photos to share that I will have to break it up into two posts. On Friday I went with some friends to Budapest to take in some traditional Hungarian folk dancing.

        One moment. © Damaso Reyes
      • Photo of the Day #103
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        “Davide Boni, a councillor in Milan for the Northern League, which also opposes the building of mosques in Italian cities, said that kebab shop owners were prepared to work long hours, which was unfair competition.”

        This is just one paragraph from a great arti

      • Photo of the Day #102
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        It looks like the economic downturn will give the protectionists in the U.K. we spoke about earlier in the week exactly what they want, as we read in The Guardian.

        Guess he won’t be coming to London after all. Cologne 2007 © Damaso Reyes


      • 100 Kids + Sugar = Lots of Fun!
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        So the other day I got invited to visit a carnival party that a local elementary school was having. Take 100+ kids under ten, add sugar and music and stir vigorously!

        Truth in advertising. © Damaso Reyes

        In truth it was actually a lot of fun,

      • Photo of the Day #101
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        If anyone thinks that immigration is a problem which will go away with enough enforcement is living in a fantasy world. Just take a look at Italy, which for years has used some of the harshest methods when dealing with illegal immigration. That doesn’t seem to be working

      • Photo of the Day #100
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        This is the 100th Photo of the Day! Exciting, isn’t it?

        Let the good times roll. Cologne 2007 © Damaso Reyes

        I started this series for a few different reasons. I wanted to be able to post every day but the day in and day out of shooting is far

      • Photo of the Day #99
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        The Brits have always been an island unto themselves if you will forgive a bad pun. The idea of Europe, and especially the E.U. has always been seen with a wary eye, although in fairness it was Winston Churchill who coined the phrase “United States of Europe.” Of course

    • January
      • Photo of the Day #98
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        Many feel that further integration means a loss of identity and culture. Personally I disagree but what do I know, I’m an American! An interesting article from The Local in Germany talks about the decline of scholarly German in academic publications, an interesting topic

      • Photo of the Day #97
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        We’ve talked about the topic of hate speech and censorship before but it never seems to get old does it? The Netherlands is our next stop where a right wing politician will soon be on trial for airing his repugnant views on Islam, as we learn from Der Spiegel.

      • Photo of the Day #96
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        As you know immigration is one of my favorite topics. Perhaps it is because I am the son of immigrants. My story would be far, far different if I had been born in Germany or France and I am sensitive to the way immigrants are viewed and treated. From France we see anothe

      • Photo of the Day #95
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        It seems like things just go from bad to worse in Iceland, as we learn from the International Herald Tribune.

        “Iceland's coalition collapsed Monday, the latest fallout from a global financial crisis that has sparked angry demonstrations across Europ

      • Saturday Night Fever
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        And how was your weekend? Mine was great, thanks for asking! I got to experience some local culture on Saturday night when I was invited to attend an annual dinner/dance here in Štúrovo. It wasn’t exactly the traditional balls I went to this time last year in Vienn

      • Photo of the Day #94
        But what about the white man you ask? Of course the story of European integration has a lot to do with ethnic white populations as well. in the few days that I’ve been here I have talked with a few people who are living abroad and the challenges they face are no less difficult. Today I came across a

      • Photo of the Day #93

        What a day!

        The view from Budapest. © Damaso Reyes

        It was a day that some said would never come. But it did. I went to Budapest to watch the inauguration at an Irish pub where some other expats and Hungarians had gathered. I came early and while

      • 44

        'Nuff said...

      • Happy MLK Day
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        Happy MLK Day!

        And of course it is a very special one because of what will happen tomorrow. Forty-six years after Dr. King gave his speech in Washington, D.C. Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. It is diff

      • First Impressions
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        Greetings from Slovakia! It took a while to get here but I had a smooth flight from New York. I spent the afternoon in Budapest getting a brief tour (thanks Imre!) before taking the train here.

        Home… © Damaso Reyes

        First impressio

      • Photo of the Day #92

        Flying away on a jet plane…

        So I’m heading for Slovakia on Thursday and there are still a million and one things for me to do so I won’t be blogging much this week. Of course on Monday I will fill you in on some first impressions. Until then, stay well!


      • Photo of the Day #91
        If it’s not one thing, it’s another. As we have discussed before, us photographers are having a tough time of it. If we’re not being laid off or shot at, odds are we are being hassled by the Man, at least if we live in the United Kingdom, or as it is increasingly being called, the Nanny State. The l

      • Photo of the Day #90
        What to do about Russia? There is perhaps no larger foreign policy question echoing around the capitals of the European Union than this. A long simmering dispute between Russia and Ukraine over natural gas has exploded as Russia has cut off all deliveries of natural gas, not just to the Ukraine but

      • Photo of the Day #89
        Well all the news concerning immigrants in Europe is not bad. In fact there are even a few examples of what I believe the future will look like and NRC Handelsblad gives us a fine example from The Netherlands.

        “It is almost impossible to overestimate the symbolic value of Ahmed Aboutaleb&

      • February 2009 Isuue of Outdoor Photographer
        If you happen to stop by your local newsstand you can see my photograph advertising Kodak’s new Ektar 100 film on the back cover of Outdoor Photographer!

        Special thanks to Audrey for making it possible!

      • Photo of the Day #88
        The new year has just begun but as in most years there is quite a bit of carryover from the past, as if the year gone by just doesn’t want to let go. The past is ever present in Europe, nowhere more so than in Germany where extreme right-wing attitudes and even violence are still prevalent as we lea

      • Happy New Year!
        Happy New Year! Hard to believe it’s 2009 already, isn’t it? I remember as a young child in elementary school the concept of the year 2000 seemed amazing and here we are already nine years past that! Well 2008 wasn’t as productive as I might have liked but I do feel like I learned a few things and c

  • 2008
    • December
      • Photo of the Day #87
        Looks like “Pay to Play” is not just an American phenomenon. When it is done by governments isn’t not called bribery, just persuasion. As we know the passage of the E.U. Constitution has been a carefully managed disaster. But instead of starting from scratch the big brains in Brussels has decided t

      • Photo of the Day #86
        There is no question that politics is much like a pendulum, it swings back and forth over time. After eight very long years the pendulum has swung back to the left in America. In Europe it seems like the rightward swing has not yet reached its apogee, as we learn from IHT today.


      • Happy Holidays!
        Season's Greetings!

      • Photo of Day # 85
        As Christmas approaches it is a great time to sit with family and enjoy some downtime. It is also a great opportunity to explore how other cultures celebrate the holiday. Almost none is as unique at The Netherlands who have the familiar face of Santa Claus but also a less recognizable fellow named Z

      • Photo of the Day #84
        When it comes to reversing social views on discrimination the process is a marathon, not a sprint. Discrimination against gays and lesbians is one of the last acceptable forms of bigotry, at least when it comes to the law as Der Spiegal tells us.

        “Last summer the European Commission prese

      • Photo of the Day #83
        Our friends in Amsterdam seem to be losing their cool. After years of tolerance and leniency the government has announced that it will be downsizing the red light district and scaling back on the famous coffee shops where you can get a joint to go with your macchiato as we learn from the Guardian.
      • Damaso: 30 Death: 0
        Happy Birthday to ME!

        Mmmmm…cake…. © Damaso Reyes

        Today is my 30th birthday! I know it is hard for some of you to believe, but it’s true! If you feel like giving me a present, feel free to consult my wish list. Even better, you can help my project by maki

      • Photo of the Day #82
        Every time I turn around it seems like my profession is coming under assault. In many ways this is good, the rise of digital cultural and the ubiquity of information will turn out to be the best things to happen to journalism in a century. At the same time the corporate world which has profited so m

      • Photo of the Day #81
        There’s trouble happening in Greece and it’s not going away. After police shot a teenage boy dead in the streets of Athens last Saturday night riots broke out first in the capital and have now spread throughout the peninsula as we learn from the International Herald Tribune.

        May 1st

      • Photo of the Day #80
        You can say a lot about the Swiss but they are hardly predictable, which is why I like them so much! There was an important vote over the weekend about drug decriminalization and the vote was split as the Associated Press reports.

        Playing in the snow. © Damaso Reyes


      • Photo of the Day #79
        Greenland recently voted for more independence from their colonial overlords the Danish. The last vestiges of European colonialism are falling by the wayside as the world’s largest island begins the process which may lead toward independence.

        The Power of the Polls. © Damaso Reyes
      • Photo of the Day #78
        When talking about racism in Europe there is rarely an opportunity for optimism but a recent report from researchers at Leipzig University and reported by our friends at Spiegel Online conclude that racism and xenophobia in Germany have actually declined over the past few years. As always there is c

    • November
      • Photo of the Day #77
        I hope all my American friends had a happy Thanksgiving, I know I did. In Amsterdam they aren’t so happy as we learn from Reuters…

        Legalize it! The Hague 2005 © Damaso Reyes

        “The Netherlands will ban the sale and cultivation of all hallucinogenic "magic" mushroo

      • Photo of the Day #76
        We have concentrated a lot on racism and discrimination in Western Europe but of course the problem is not so neatly contained as we learn from our good friends at Der Spiegel online in an article about anti-immigrant violence in the Czech Republic.

        The writing is STILL on the

      • Photo of the Day #75
        All of you Francophiles who have long worried about English dominating Europe, especially its culture need not fear. As an article in the New York Times explained that a new digital library of European Culture has emerged and the French seem to have conquered it!

        Vive la France! Par

      • Photo of the Day #74
        Official reports are usually pretty boring and don’t tell us much interesting but the European Commission has come out with a recent one that the International Herald Tribune tells us supports the idea that immigrants are good for Western European Economies.

        Waiting for acceptance…

      • In Memoriam: Mark Ferguson 1959-2008
        Sorry that I haven’t been around for the past week but my very good friend Mark Ferguson died last week after a battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts are with his family.

        Mark in Action! Wheaton Village 2006 © Damaso Reyes

        We met ten years ag

      • Photo of the Day #73
        As we discussed yesterday there have been all kinds of reactions to Obama’s election. In an interesting story in The Guardian we get to hear from Trevor Phillips head of the U.K.’s equality watchdog.

        Shout it out! London 2005 © Damaso Reyes

        "If Barack Obama ha

      • Photo of the Day #72
        There are two kinds of people: those who love mirrors, stopping at every one they see in order to check their appearance and those who do everything they can to avoid them. The lens is a kind of mirror too, holding up an image of ourselves, often one that we would rather not see.


      • Photo of the Day #71
        Our time for change has come.

        Hope for Europe as well. Vienna 2008 © Damaso Reyes

        “Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as

      • Yes We Can!

        Yes We Did...

      • Photo of the Day #70
        I woke up this morning ready to vote. When I went outside it was a warm, lovely fall day, the kind that reminds you fondly of summer. When I was a kid I used to love these days although I hated the fact that I had to waste one of the last fine days of the year in school.

        In the shad

      • Photo of the Day #69
        It is going to be a busy week, what with the historic election happening tomorrow. But I thought I would start things off with a light little article from the U.K.’s Telegraph. Apparently an expat Brit has become the accidental mayor of a small Spanish village.

        Sorry about that Mr.

    • October
      • Photo of the Day #68
        For years people have been saying that the newspaper business is on its last legs. But like a patient who has a terminal illness one can ignore the diagnosis for a long time until the symptoms become too acute not to pay attention to. Today is one of those days.

        The march of time.

      • Hard Times...
        Yesterday I got yet another form letter in the mail thanking me for my application but due to the large numbers of excellent proposals mine was not selected. It’s not like I am new to this game but you get enough rejections in a row and you start to get frustrated, even discouraged.

      • Photo of the Day #67
        See, I told you! They want all of us to shoot video…

        And one camera to rule them all. Stuttgart 2007 © Damaso Reyes

      • Photo of the Day #66
        It seems like the easiest way that politicians and government officials have to legislate morality or to inspire fear is to attack photography and photographers. As we learn in an article in The Guardian, the United Kingdom is considering prosecuting photographers to take certain kinds of sexually e

      • Images of Kodak's New Ektar Film
        I had a great day at PhotoPlus yesterday and got to talk a lot about Kodak’s new Ektar film. It’s a funny coincidence that when I was first shooting film back in the early 1990’s that the original Ektar 25 was one of the films I used. Now nearly fifteen years later I am shooting the new and improved

      • Photo of the Day #65
        So I will be spending some time over at PhotoPlus Expo today and tomorrow. New York’s biggest photography convention is happening now and today I will be at the Kodak booth talking about their new Ektar Film! Photography is always a hot topic here but it seems even the staid Economist has film on th

      • Photo of the Day #64
        Even politicians are sounding the alarm about racism in Italy. Granted Jean-Léonard Touadi is not your average politician. Born in Congo he came to Italy in 1979 and made himself into a journalist, author and activist before being elected to the Italian parliament as we learn from the U.K.’s Observe

      • Photo of the Day #63
        Perhaps it is naïve to think that 27 different countries can agree on anything, let alone a topic as complex as immigration but the E.U. recently did just that as we learn from Spiegel Online.

        Still waiting. Berlin 2006

        Many critics are unhappy with the restrictive conte

      • Photo of the Day #62
        There is a food fight going on in France. Well a cheese fight at least. The future is bumping up against the past as it so often does in Europe with big manufactures squaring off against independent producers as we learn in a article in the International Herald Tribune.

        Protect me f

      • Photo of the Day #61
        The question we all must ultimately ask is: what do I want to be?

        Sure it sounds like something a 6 year old would say but how many of us have honestly asked and answered that question lately? The reason I mention this is because of yet another article on PDN’s blog extolling the virtues

      • Photo of the Day #60
        It seems like immigration, and the tensions that are closely associated with it are never far from our posts here. Today we turn out attention once again to Italy which has one of the most complicated relationships to immigrants of all E.U. member states. As we pointed out recently some immigrants h

      • Too Big to Fail? Too Small to Survive?
        Can a country go bankrupt?

        It is a question that is on many people’s lips in America and in Europe. In Iceland, the question seems to have been answered as we read in a recent article in the New York Times. The tiny nation has seen the value of its currency plummet and its ban

      • Photo of the Day #59
        Inclusion is the antidote to radicalism. It seems like an obvious statement but a recent article in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad points to the conclusions that Dutch researchers came to.

        Bridging the gap. Paris 2008 © Damaso Reyes

        “Researcher Marieke Slootman says

      • Still photos are dead! Long live still photos!
        So with all the advances in high resolution videography the day we still photo conservatives have been dreading is rapidly approaching. Some photographers are now shooting ultra-high definition video and taking still images from that video as we read in an article from PDN online.


      • Be a Brit Different!
        I’m a TransAtlanticist!

        I am one of several artists commissions to create a piece inspired by British culture for this new website. When I was first contacted I thought it was a great idea and wonderful opportunity. As the manifesto points out:

        Signs by Damaso Reyes

      • Film is Dead! Long LIve Film!
        People have been saying that film is dead since the start of the century. With each successive generation of digital camera the shouts grow louder. Now you digicam can shoot movies if you so choose. How long will it be before people are saying the still image is dead?

        The king is de

      • A visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard
        I know today is the Sabbath and all but I just wanted to share some non-European images. Yesterday I took a trip over to the Brooklyn Navy Yard where many of the artists there were having open studios. While the Navy Yard has been transforming over the past decade from its shipbuilding past to a mor

      • HCB Quote of the Week #53
        While I love spring, fall in New York isn’t too bad either. The crisp air, the changing leaves and the changing light all give one a special feeling I haven’t found anywhere else. So while I enjoy a fall afternoon enjoy your HCB Quote of the Week.

        Autumn in New York…. © Damaso Reyes

      • Photo of the Day #58
        What fascinates me about xenophobes and those who would end all immigration in Europe is how fervently they believe that immigrants will destroy their culture (never mind that no culture can be considered “pure” and is the amalgamation of centuries of interaction) and replace it with their own.
      • Photo of the Day #57
        Continuing on our immigration theme from yesterday comes an interesting article from Der Spiegel online about a hunger strike being led by a group of asylum seekers and immigrants in Belgium.

        “Debkota and seven other people on hunger strikes are being cared for at the Latin America House

      • Photo of the Day #56
        For all of those who missed them while you were gone today marks the return of the Photo of the Day. As you might recall the goal of this daily posting is to both introduce, or reintroduce, you to my images as well as keep you up to date on the latest news from Europe. I hope that my work is not jus

    • September
      • Reflections on France

        It feels good to be home again. I spent a good part of yesterday walking around, meeting friends and running errands and it was just another reminder of the powerful link I have to this great city. It will always be my home, of that there can be no question.


      • HCB Quote of the Week #52

        I am here in Paris getting ready to head out on a flight towards New York. It has been a great month here and I hope you have enjoyed the images. See you on the other side!

        Cheers! © Damaso Reyes

        In photography, visual organization can stem only from a de

      • The Savage Coast

        Yesterday I traveled to the Cote Sauvage or Savage Coast here in Brittany. The place lived up to its name with dramatic vistas of wave battered coastline. It really was amazing to stand at the very end of France and look over the distant horizon towards America, w

      • Fest-Noz in Elven

        On Saturday there was a traditional Fest-Noz in Elven, just a few kilometers away. An evening of music and dance the Fest-Noz provides an opportunity to both preserve and celebrate local culture. If you just wandered in one might have thought that one was in Scotl

      • Out and About

        It was a busy weekend. Once again the sun was shining and on Sunday several of us took the opportunity of visit an arts festival at Gorvello. There was some traditional dancing and music and well as lots of food and drink. I was pretty wiped out from the night before bu

      • Small Town Circus

        One of the things I like most about spending time in small towns are the festivals and circuses one can find. Last week there was a small family circus in Pluherlin, a village within walking distance. So I packed my camera bag and went for a stroll down the road.

      • HCB Quote of the Week #51

        The sun is shining here in western France and I am out shooting! As always, here is your HCB Quote of the Week!

        The Gulf of Morhiban. © Damaso Reyes

        "They . . . asked me:
        "'How do you make your pictures?'

      • Dinner with Madame Klots

        All is well here in Western France and as my time here dwindles I am shooting more and more. But that does not mean that I do not have time to, as we say, have a good time. Last week Madam Isabel Klots invited several of the American artists in town for dinner and

      • The Song of Brittany

        On Sunday I had an opportunity to hear some traditional Breton singing at Café Gorvello, just a few towns over. Imagine American idol on a much smaller scale. The event was a local competition for a regional signing festival to be held later next month. Dozens of local

      • A trip to Gavrinis

        Earlier this week several of the artists here took a trip to the nearby island of Gavrinis which contains a megathic tomb which dates back to 3,500 B.C.E. Just a short ferry ride through the Gulf of Morbihan, Gavrinis is an interesting example of Europe’s wonderfully pr

      • Photo of the Day #55 (Memory)

        Anniversaries are interesting things. The further we get from the date the harder it is to remember why we are trying to remember. This date means many different things to many people. Some see it as an excuse for war; others remember a pain that tore their lives

      • Photo of the Day #54

        They say the world is going to end today.

        Or not. Sometimes it is hard to know who or what to believe.

        Turn on the juice! Geneva 2007.

        Just kidding. While some members of the tinfoil hat society believe that our friends at CERN ar

      • Walking and Talking

        One of the nicest ways to get to know a place is to walk. Perhaps it comes from having grown up in New York, that most walkable of cities, but I do enjoy spending time on the streets of whatever city or town I happen to be in. Rochefort-en-Terre is no exception and I ha

      • HCB Quote of the Week #50

        Just cruising around France, don’t mind me! Please enjoy your HCB Quote of the Week!

        Stairway to heaven. Rochefort-en-Terre, France 2008 © Damaso Reyes

        Only a fraction of the camera's possibilities interests me - the marvelous mixt

      • Photo of the Day #53

        The rain is hiding the sun here in France and there are demographic clouds on the horizon for the European Union as well. Eurostat recently released a study which finds that the soon death rate in the E.U. will surpass the birth rate. In just seven years, as we read in

      • Scenes of Rochefort-en-Terre

        I have spent the past few days exploring the lovely town that I will be staying at for the next three weeks. Most, if not all of the homes are at least a few hundred years old, a perfect example of how Europe’s history is literally embodied in its towns and

      • Photo of the Day #52

        Greetings from France! Sorry it has taken me so long to post, but it was a long flight and train ride to get here to Rochefort-en-Terre. Of course it was totally worth it. Brittany is amazing and I actually managed to get over to the coast and shoot a few images o

    • August
      • Photo of the Day #51

        Today I am off to France and Rochefort-en-Terre! I will leave shortly but just wanted to let all you in New York know that I will miss you but of course you can stay up to date on my adventures by tuning in right here! See you soon…

        La belle France! 2007 ©

      • Photo of the Day #50

        Just two days to go until I take off for France and of course I have too much to do. But of course the news never stops and if you have some time check out this interesting article about the E.U.’s response to the conflict between Russia and Georgia, I feel it nicely sums u

      • Photo of the Day #49

        As much as people take photography, and the work that photojournalists do for granted, the impact that our images have on the way people remember and interpret history is profound. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and the events

      • HCB Quote of the Week #49

        It’s my last weekend in New York and as you can imagine I am super busy! Yesterday also would have been the 100th birthday of HCB. It is hard to understate the impact he has had on photography. I have felt his reach in my own work, especially as I travel throughout Europe.

      • Photo of the Day #48

        If you haven’t checked The Guardian there is a great unconventional story about immigration. We’ve all heard about how Western Europe needs immigration to deal with its declining birthrate and all that jazz but of course one of the things people fear is the loss of culture and na

      • Photo of the Day #47

        Sometimes we need to look at the past to understand what is possible. When we think of documentary photojournalism sometimes we spend more time thinking about Flickr and iPhone cameras than of what is possible when well trained artists do their job well.


      • Photo of the Day #46

        So the time is ticking away until I head to France and of course I have more on my plate than I can handle. So I might not be blogging quite as much as normal but have no fear, at least they will be interesting posts.

        I was on the New York Times website and there was a

      • HCB Quote of the Week #48

        For those of you counting it is just two weeks until I head to France! I am as excited as you are to get back to shooting but there is a LOT to do between now and then. So I will get back to it but enjoy your HCB Quote of the Week!

        Structure and form.

      • Photo of the Day #45

        If you have time check out this super interesting article about a scientist who has developed a genetic map of Europe.

        “The genetic map of Europe bears a clear structural similarity to the geographic map. The major genetic differences are between population

      • Photo of the Day #44

        Once again those rebels at The Guardian are writing about drug reform in the United Kingdom, more specifically about the need for it.

        “I joined the unit more or less agnostic on drugs policy, being personally opposed to drug use, but open-minded about the best way to d

      • Photo of the Day #43

        Keeping with our economic focus this week, we learn from the New York Times about the economic slowdown that is gripping the United Kingdom. It seems like more than a few dodgy mortgages were sold there as well and home prices are falling while inflation and unemployment ar

      • Photo of the Day #42

        Just like in America, much of Europe, especially Western Europe, is getting old. Of all the issues this demographic push brings up, none is more fought over than pensions. While many Americans my age don’t really believe that Social Security will be there for them to fall b

      • Photo of the Day #41

        As many of you already know, a small scale war of sorts has been going on over the past few days between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway enclave of South Ossetia. It started when Georgia increased military operations to try to reclaim the province which has insisted on inde

      • HCB Quote of the Week #47

        For those of you in New York, I will be presenting a slideshow of images from The Europeans today at 4:30 at The Spark, which is located at 161 West 22nd Street (6th & 7th Ave).

        If you can’t come don’t worry, I plan on doing a few events this fall upon my ret

      • Photo of the Day #40

        If we read a recent article in the EU Observer we can see what happens when nearly the nearly thirty member state of the European Union can’t coordinate their foreign policy.

        “Twenty EU states will begin welcoming Kosovo passport holders after Pristina started is

      • Photo of the Day #39

        Since immigration is one of the core themes of my project it makes sense that we talk about it quite a bit. I think it is hard to underestimate the transformative effect that a borderless Europe is having. An article in Der Spiegel talks about how many Eastern Europeans are

      • Photo of the Day #38

        We’ve been kinda down on the state of the discussion surrounding immigration in Europe lately but lo and behold there is actually a positive piece in the Guardian! The author interviewed twelve children who had recently immigrated to the U.K. and asked about their experiences. Wh

      • Photo of the Day #37

        Today we look toward Italy and the issue of immigration. We’ve talked about demographics before but it bears repeating the Western Europe need immigrants and lots of them. But many nations are very resistant to what they see as the endless flood of immigrants which threatens to o

      • Photo of the Day #36

        As most of you know, the newspaper, not to mention magazine business, is in serious trouble. Papers are laying off stay (including photographers) and cutting the number of editorial pages they run. Throughout my career I have noticed a decline in the number of opportunities

      • HCB Quote of the Week #46

        One month form now I will be in France, woo hoo! I know you are just as excited as I am for me to be back out in the field. Of course there is lots to do between now and then so I will leave you with your HCB Quote of the Week!

        Silence is golden! Berlin 2007 © Da

      • Photo of the Day #35

        “In a very real sense, 2009, not 1992, truly will be the ‘hour of Europe.’ By that I mean that if the chancellor of Germany, the prime minister of Britain and the president of France -- backed by their counterparts in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia -- were

    • July
      • Photo of the Day #34

        So it seems like at least one European leader is taking my advice and pushing for a more democratic process when it comes to the future of the European Union. Spiegel reports on France’s move to allow its citizens to directly vote on future E.U. enlargement and other matter

      • Photo of the Day #33

        Oh no!

        “The iconic British pint is fast losing ground as the national drink, with a report out Monday showing beer sales in pubs slumping to their lowest level since the Great Depression,” the Associated Press is reporting!

        An endangered species?

      • Photo of the Day #33

        Most of the photographers I know, myself included, are in this business not to make money, although every once in a while it would be nice. We are photojournalists because we are passionate about our craft and want to change the world through it. There is a great article ab

      • Photo of the Day #32

        It seems like while we Americans are trying to burnish our image abroad, our cousins across the pond are tarnishing theirs. An interesting article in the Guardian explores how British tourists are perceived in the rest of Europe; especially in Greece which has become a bit

      • HCB Quote of the Week #45

        I really enjoy these long summer days. There is something special about this city during this season and I am truly soaking it in. I hope that summer is treating you well wherever you are. Here is your HCB Quote of the Week!

        Anna in Central Park. © Damaso Reyes<

      • Photo of the Day #31

        Did you see?

        Obama rocked the house in Berlin yesterday and everybody is talking about it!

        Flying in Berlin, 2006. © Damaso Reyes

        While the speech may have not been as specific as people would have liked (this was not the point of the

      • Photo of the Day #30

        It is sad when you look forward to meetings as a method to get away from your desk.

        But this summer I have spent far more time at the keyboard than behind the camera. As many, many others have stated before me the digitalization of photography has been a blessing and a

      • Photo of the Day #29

        There are times when it is easy to believe that justice will never be served. That those who have power will do as they please without fear of retribution. That the young system of international justice we have been building for sixty years is only so much eye candy.


      • Photo of the Day #28

        So it seems like Obama is a hit not just here in America but across the pond as well! Of course there can be no popularity with controversy and his upcoming trip to Germany is no exception as we learn from our good friends at Der Spiegel (which means mirror, which is kinda cool

      • HCB Quote of the Week #44

        Summer is definitely here in New York! The past couple of days have been very hot and as much and I may have missed New York this time last year, now I’m starting to miss the relatively cool climate of northern Europe. But it is important to appreciate where you’re at in th

      • Photo of the Day #27

        Today is the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela! It is hard to believe that he was able to contribute so much to so many after spending more than 25 years in prison. His life is a shining example to all of us who wish to make the world a better place. Today we should use this day as

      • Photo of the Day #26

        I have been to two exhumations in my life; one in Kosovo and one in Rwanda, and that is two too many. The work is very important and documenting it is just as necessary but that doesn’t make the challenge of watching bones come out of the ground and easier.

      • Photo of the Day #25 (Peter Magubane Edition)

        The fight for freedom can take many forms. There are those who man the barricades; there are those who give the speeches; there are those who face down the water cannons and angry dogs. And then there are those who document it all, without whom the rest of the world would never k

      • Photo of the Day #24 (Vive la France)

        So yesterday was Bastille day and I totally forgot! I hope that all my French readers had a good time on their national day. While we bask in the glory that France, as we did on July 4, this is a good opportunity to reflect upon whether or our nation is living up to our ideals.
      • Photo of the Day #23

        I saw this poster a while ago and thought it perfectly summed up our society’s attitude towards photographers.

        I assure you that this poster is real. It seems that the British government is trying to outdo its American cousins. Of course let’s not forget th

      • HCB Quote of the Week #43

        There is an old blues song that goes: “nobody loves me, except my mama and she could be jiving too.”

        That seems to be exactly how people feel about the new American embassy in Berlin. I also think that it is fairly ugly but I don’t recall a single embassy of any countr

      • Photo of the Day #22

        Recently the European Union concluded a new agreement on immigration and refugees. In this article in the International Herald Tribune we learn that the focus of the agreement is on policing and not integrating new immigrants and asylum-seekers into European society.

      • Photo of the Day #21

        It seems that I’m not the only one who’s thinking about what the future of the E.U. There is an interesting article in Der Spiegel which talks about some of the reaction in the German press toward defeat of the Treaty of Lisbon. Here is one telling quotation from a left wing Germ

      • Photo of the Day #20

        I got the following email in my inbox last week:

        I am sorry to tell you that your application for [name redacted] was rejected by the jury.

        Best regards,

        Part of being an artist is accepting rejection; after all, you can’t win them all, can you? B

      • Photo of the Day #19

        While visiting one of my favorite websites, the EU Observer, I came across an interesting article about some new European Commission legislation regarding discrimination. While Europe, especially the E.U., is very progressive and forward thinking when it comes to the issue of equ

      • Photo of the Day #18

        I hope that everyone had a good weekend as I did! I started my Independence Day celebrations early by going with some friends Six Flags, an amusement park located in nearby New Jersey, on Wednesday. On Friday and Saturday I had opportunities to do some barbecuing as well as see s

      • Photo of the Day #17 (Happy Independence Day Edition!)

        Happy Independence Day! Today I will be spending some time with good friends, eating good food and of course watching the fireworks along the East River. I hope my fellow Americans are also having a good day and taking some time to think about what is to be an American in this da

      • Photo of the Day #16

        I saw this article from Reuters the other day and it nearly made me want to scream. It turns out that Hollywood actor Ben Affleck is doing some freelancing for the ABC news program Nightline. Apparently this is the only way to get people interested in what’s happening in the Demo

      • Photo of the Day #15

        What is it about religion seems to drive people crazy? People can agree on 90% of the issues but that remaining 10% will give them justification for murder each other. At least that often seems to be the case when it comes to religion. A recent article in the Guardian announces a

      • Photo of the Day #14

        One of the things I love about the Internet is that it provides an opportunity for a back-and-forth between ideas and people no matter how far apart they are. A German friend of mine read my recent blog posting on the issue of censorship. On her blog she posted her own thoughts a

    • June
      • Photo of the Day #13

        I hope that everyone had a great weekend! Here in New York it was hot and wet but I didn’t mind too much, after all it is summer. Another week, another article about Europe’s declining birth rate. The New York Times Magazine did a cover story about the issue and its potential ram

      • HCB Quote of the Week #42

        So this week’s New Yorker’s got to experience another massive public art opening with the unveiling of Olafur Eliasson’s piece “Waterfalls.” The Danish artist created four large artificial waterfalls around New York harbor at a cost of more than $15 million. I went out the other

      • Photo of the Day #12

        As we say in Brooklyn, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. It’s not the hordes of illegal immigrants; it must be the microscopic black holes that threaten to devour the earth! It is at least according to an article today in the New York Times discussing a lawsuit brought agains

      • Photo of the Day #11

        Well the Germany-Turkey game was a nail biter but sadly Germany’s 3-2 win didn’t magically heal the cultural rifts within Germany or the E.U. In another great article in the I.H.T. we learn about how Italy is dealing with, or not dealing with, its immigrant population.
      • Photo of the Day #10 (EuroCup Edition)

        In many ways sports, just like art, reflects a society’s values and mores. Who we cheer for makes us think about why we root for whom we do. In America, the integration of baseball preceded the integration of the schools. Sport is another way we fight our social battles.
      • Photo of the Day #9

        This weekend I came across an interesting article in the New York Times Magazine. The topic of immigration in Europe is not just hot across the pond but Americans are also increasingly taking interest in this subject as well. While we Americans have a long tradition of external i

      • Photo of the Day #8

        Well I hope everyone had a great and relaxing weekend! I had a chance to catch up with some old friends as well as see some great art. One of the great things about being in New York is you never know who you will run into or what you’ll see. But the weekend is over and now

      • HCB Quote of the Week #41

        Today is one of my favorite days! It’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Every winter on those short, cold days I think about this day in particular and hope that it will come soon. In a few days I will have been back in New York for three months, exactly the amo

      • Photo of the Day #7 (PJG Edition)

        Last night I went to an amazing and moving tribute to the late Philips Jones Griffiths, perhaps the greatest anti-war photographer of his generation. His images, and they are too many to even try to pick a favorite, changed the way we look at war. His seminal book Vietnam, Inc. s

      • Photo of the Day #6

        Looking through my images of Germany I sure do have a lot of graphically inspired images. I don’t know if it has something to do with the country’s Bauhaus tradition or my own roving eye but I wanted to keep going with yesterday’s theme and post another interesting image, this ti

      • Photo of the Day #5

        So when I was younger, much younger, I wanted to be an illustrator. More specifically I just wanted to be able to draw accurately. Sadly this was a skill that I never developed but fortunately I discovered photography which we all know is drawing with light. While I left behind m

      • Photo of the Day #4 Kosovo Edition

        I came across an interesting article in the IHT this weekend about Kosovo. As you know the former province of Serbia (Serbia along with many other nations most notably Russia has not recognized it) declared independence some months ago after years of being administered by the Uni

      • HCB Quote of the Week #40

        Well Ireland said NO!!!! to the E.U. Constitution in a referendum this week. What’s interesting is that upper income urban voters supported the referendum and most others did not, a result that was mirrored in The Netherlands’ and France’s no votes in 2005.

      • Photo of the Day #3

        Who knew posting a picture a day could be so much fun, or so topical? I took this image in Paris last fall back when you could smoke indoors. Well no more! France, like Ireland, Germany, Italy and numerous other nations have mostly banned smoking in cafes, bars and restaurants. I

      • Photo of the Day #2 (Free Speech vs. Hate Speech)

        It’s good when I can use a photograph to talk about a larger issue, something I hope to do more of with this blog and the future website. There was an interesting article in the International Herald Tribune about free speech vs. hate speech and the different approaches that Amer

      • Photo of the Day #1

        If you don't already know I have started a Facebook group for The Europeans. So even if you don't want to be my friend (I know it is hard to even imagine) you can still join the group and engage in the conversation!

        One more monument. Berlin, 2007 © Dam

      • Govenor's Island and Poll Results so far...

        It was a hot but relaxing weekend. As you who are in NYC right now know it is hot, hot and more hot up in here but hey, it’s New York in June. If you thought spring would last forever well guess again.

        The view from the ferry. © Damaso Reyes

        But the i

      • Internet Poll

        So the question is: Beard or no beard?

        I am thinking about shaving but when I do I look like a teenage girl. Seriously, people call me miss and ma’am. But as you can see, I don’t really grow a ZZ Top type beard. What other people grow in a day takes me a month. So summ

      • HCB Quote of the Week #39

        Well summer has officially arrived here in New York. Officially in the sense that it will be uncomfortably hot over the next three days and everyone will try to wear as little as possible. So it’s the perfect day to work on my tan, think about the future and have a picnic on Gove

      • Which Way Forward?

        “Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.”- Barack Obama

        Hope. © Damaso Reyes

        There was a time wh

      • Signed, Sealed, Delivered!!!!
        I've been waiting for this moment for all my life...

        Can you believe it?

        Yes, I can...

      • Where I Stand...

        Sorry, I can't make it

        You got problems, baby?

        (Laughs) Yeah, I got a couple of 'em. I
        was born black and I was born poor.

        From Shaft (1971)

        © Damaso Reyes

        Right now

    • May
      • HCB Quote of the Week #38

        Time sure is going by quickly! It’s hard to believe that I have already been back in New York for two months but I most certainly have. I have always felt like the danger of being here is that I start to become too comfortable. Being in the city that I love with the people I love

      • Bridging the Gap

        The Brooklyn Bridge just turned 125!

        And you don’t look a day over 100…

        This was a beautiful and warm Memorial Day weekend here in New York. I was a bit under the weather for some of it but by Sunday I was smiling and sitting in the sun like thousands of oth

      • Cornell Capa R.I.P.

        Cornell Capa is dead.

        He did more than perhaps anyone else to promote the cause of photojournalism in the second half of the last century. He was a great photographer and a visionary who founded the International Center of Photography. He will be sorely missed and in h

      • Fine, So I Caved...

        I am not what they would call a “first adopter.” For me the worth of technology must be proved, it is not tacitly accepted. I remember when mobile phone first became affordable enough that everyone was getting them. I held out. I didn’t see the value. After all, I had a pager so

      • HCB Quote of the Week #37

        I’m done!

        Berlin by night. © Damaso Reyes

        And it feels good!

        Dancing in Vienna. © Damaso Reyes

        So I have finished updating my website. If you go online you can see brand new galleries including images from Vienna’s tr

      • Searching & Finding

        Sometimes you just have to listen to the photographs.

        The writing is on the wall. © Damaso Reyes

        All photographs speak, the question is how well do you listen? Since I have been back in New York I have started doing yoga twice a week. I had wanted to d

      • HCB Quote of the Week #36

        So the scanning is done! Hold your applause because there is still editing to do but that will fly by but for no other reason than there aren’t that many images to go through. So this time next week there should be some new galleries for you to check out. In the meantime here is

      • HCB Quote of the Week #35

        I have been pretty quiet, at least on the blog, the past few weeks. There’s been a lot, or not, depending on how you look at it, going on and I will fill you in on all of it in the coming days. You will be happy to know that I have started editing and scanning the last rolls I sh

    • April
      • HCB Quote of the Week #34

        Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

        Dawn at Borobudur. © Damaso Reyes

      • HCB Quote of the Week #33

        Photography is nothing--it's life that interests me. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

        Life on Zanzibar. © Damaso Reyes

      • Three Years Later

        So it was three years ago today that I boarded a plane form John F. Kennedy international airport here in New York and started on the long road that has become The Europeans. Three years later it is hard to believe all the people I have met and the places I have been.

      • HCB Quote of the Week #32


        Sometimes it seems like that’s all we ever do.

        Waiting for a call. Waiting for a check. Waiting for approval.

        I’ve been doing a lot of waiting this week.

        But that is what photography is all about. Waiting for th

      • Contest or Scam?

        Something has been bugging me for a long time: photography contest entry fees. As an “emerging” photographer entering contests is an important part, along with applying for grants and fellowships, of getting recognition for your personal work. Often winning a major award puts you

      • HCB Quote of the Week #31

        Well the sun is shining here in New York City and I am pretty relaxed. Can’t say I have been doing too much in the way of work but that will change next week. I have quite a bit to catch up on as well as some more photos to scan and edit. So while I enjoy my weekend here is your

      • So Called Friends

        One of the things that I have had to come to terms with over the past few years is the fact that I have outgrown many of my old friends. Over time people I used to be close with have just become less interesting. Character traits I used to dismiss as quirks I now see as highly ir

    • March
      • HCB Quote of the Week #30

        It is a bit cold but the sun is shining and I am back in the city that I love with the people that I love.

        It feels good!

        I am very happy with the progress that I made over the past three months and I am very much looking forward to going back and doing even

      • Back to the Start...

        Well it’s all over!

        My stay in Germany that is. I head back to NYC tomorrow and I have to say that I am very much looking forward to spending a few weeks in my hometown. Fear not, I have sixteen freshly processed rolls of film that I will edit, scan and post over the

      • HCB Quote of the Week #29

        Expanding the frontiers of knowledge. © Damaso Reyes

        Sorry for the long absence, I have spent a few days this week photographing once again at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. This time around I spent some time in several different departments in

      • HCB Quote of the Week #28

        So, finally!

        As you can now see for yourself, I have updated my website with several new galleries. You can see photographs from Vienna, as well as more images of Stuttgart and Paris. You can look at more images of our friend the shepherd as well as asylum seekers in

      • The Photographer's Eye

        Once again I have been spending quite a bit of time editing. A lot of you must wonder what it is all about. Well ten or twenty years ago it was all about hanging out in the darkroom and making a lot of small test prints. Today it is all about hanging out in front of the compute

      • HCB Quote of the Week #27

        Well you will be happy to know that I finally finished scanning yesterday! Next week I will get to work editing and uploading the images from my stay in Vienna. From what little I’ve seen I am pretty happy with the results. Of course there is still more film to process, scan and

      • Snowing at Solitude

        So as I sit here, scanning my negatives into the computer so that someday soon you can see what I’ve been doing, fat, fluffy snowflakes are falling outside my window, transforming the landscape into a monochrome world of precipitation. I know it seems like I complain about the w

      • HCB Quote of the Week #26

        Well it does feel good to be back. I spent the afternoon at the sauna and feel much better after my long train ride from Vienna. Of course as I left Vienna the clouds rolled in and the rain began. As the sun dawned I thought to myself “Ah, I really am back in Germany!”
    • February
      • Goodbye Vienna

        It is my last day here in Wien and I am already missing it! Well I still have a few more hours but the weather has been spectacular during the past week and I have really been very productive, so much so that I still have to do some packing. But don’t worry, I will get it all done

      • HCB Quote of the Week #25

        My time here in Vienna is growing short. I have to say that I have really enjoyed myself since I arrived here on the first of January. I have shot well over forty rolls and am not done yet!

        Smiling through the hard times. © Damaso Reyes

        You know it’s fu

      • Kosovo Declares Independence

        Well it’s official, Kosovo finally declared independence from Serbia yesterday. It had been a long time coming and is not without controversy but the die has been cast and the people of Kosovo, who are 95% ethnic Albanians, have chosen to move forward after nine years of U.N. super

      • HCB Quote of the Week #24

        Working on this story about asylum seekers is really kicking my butt. Sometimes as a photojournalist you feel helpless because you cannot actively help people the way a doctor can. You just have to sit back and document their struggles without being able to do anything about it. No

      • Ute Bock Center

        So every day this week I’ve been taking the train to the Ute Bock Center. It is a place where people seeking asylum can come for counseling, legal advice and even housing. The small staff there does wonders with the few resources they have available and they have opened their doors

      • HCB Quote of the Week #23

        Yep, I’m in Zurich for the weekend for a meeting and a little downtime with my friend Philippe. I haven’t been blogging much because I’ve been in the darkroom every day this week processing film. 48 rolls down, less than 20 to go! Of course I still have to scan and edit all that. P

      • HCB Quote of the Week #22

        Another week, another ball! I know, it’s tough going from one formal ball to another but hey, I made a commitment to document the changing face of Europe! On Thursday I went to the TU Ball, which was conveniently located about five minutes from my door. It was a little more traditi

    • January
      • HCB Quote of the Week #21

        Well I have indeed been a busy little bee! In addition to shooting again at the Vienna City Council it is ball season here in Austria. So I have been doing my waltzing lessons and trying to find some dress clothes. Today I attended my very first ball which was the Regenbogen Ball (

      • Fresh Direct

        Politics Time! © Damaso Reyes

        In the Halls... © Damaso Reyes

        I spent the morning taking photographs at the Vienna City Council (special thanks to Green Party member Marco Schreuder for arranging the visit). Housed in a beautiful 19th century gothic

      • Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

        Once again I am celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day abroad. I suppose that the day takes on an added significance for me here in Europe because were it not for King’s dream and the hard work he and millions of other put into realizing it I would not have accomplished what I have

      • HCB Quote of the Week #20

        So how is everyone doing this weekend? Here in Vienna it looks to be warming up so you know that means lots of street shooting for me! In other news I may have even found a darkroom so keep your fingers crossed. I am setting up some shoots for next week which will hopefully include

      • Nursing Home Haiku

        Some of you may remember my good friend Albert Somma. While I was back in New York last month I took the train out to visit him in New Jersey at the rehabilitation center he has been living at. Two and a half years ago he was riding his bike through Riverside Park after work and ha

      • Photography Jobs & Opportunies #7

        So I did some more walking around the city today. One of the things that I love about Vienna is the contrast between its new and old architecture. The entryways of buildings are especially interesting because many of the older ones have stone carvings above them and are protected b

      • HCB Quote of the Week #19

        You’ll be happy to know that I have been getting the itch to go out and shoot more and more. I have a few destinations in mind here in Vienna and I will let you know how things develop. I do have to say that I have been enjoying shooting the Leicas quite a bit though I am still tr

      • Sketches of Wien

        So I have spent the last three days or so finally checking out a bit of the city. I haven’t gotten that far but I have liked what I have seen. It has finally warmed up a bit here, the bitter wind which filled the streets last week has died down and even our friend Mr. Sun has made

      • Photography Jobs & Opportunities #6

        So the internet is all about interactivity, right? Well part of the reason I started this blog was to interact a little more with people. As a photojournalist the usual model of interaction is one way from me to you when you see my photos in a newspaper or magazine. Of course you c

      • Hear Ye, Hear Me....

        So before I left the States I did an interview with Inside Digital Photo Radio. I know, I mostly shoot film but I got a chance to talk about how digital and analogue systems can complement each other. Click on this link to go to the page with my interview (you can hear

      • HCB Quote of the Week #18

        In case you were wondering it is still ridiculously cold here in Vienna but I managed to wake up early to go to the flea market, which as it turned out was walking distance from the MuseumsQuartier. There actually weren’t that many vendors, not surprising given the weather but ther

      • Obama Takes Iowa While I Freeze in Vienna

        It is COLD here in Wien but it was very hot yesterday in Iowa! I still haven’t ventured very far, just out shopping and wandering a bit but this weekend I will head out to the flea market and snap some pictures and hopefully have more impressions to give you but at first blush I ca

      • First Day in Vienna!

        Hallo vom Wien and happy new year!

        Memphis celebrates in Brooklyn. © Damaso Reyes

        I left JFK international airport on the last evening of the year with some reservations. As some of you know traveling does stress me out, especially when I am going to a n

  • 2007
    • December
      • Happy Endings... HCB Quote of the Week #17

        The end is here!

        The end of the year, the end of my time in New York, everything seems to be coming to a close right about now. It has been an incredibly productive year and I wonder what 2008 will be like. Will I finally settle down and find a place to live in Europe?

      • Merry Christmas

        I hope that all of you are warm and surrounded by people you love. Merry Christmas!!!!!!

        Damaso and Mariela making cookies! © Damaso Reyes

      • Photography Jobs & Opportunities 5

        It is Christmas eve so here are some presents in the form of photography jobs and opportunities….

        More, Please! © Damaso Reyes


        Knight International Journalism-Health

        Knight International seeks an experienced journalist w

      • HCB Quote of the Week #16

        Once again time seems to be moving far faster than I am. I can only say that I am glad that I have a month here in New York because anything less just seems like not enough. In some ways I suppose it is like a dream: every time I return to New York it is like slipping on a pair o

      • Internatioal Talk Like James Brown Day

        Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up) © Damaso Reyes

        One of the nice things about holiday time are all the holiday parties you get invited to. It’s a chance to catch up with people that I otherwise only interact with over email or on the

      • Photography Jobs and Opportunies #4

        So I brought another Leica! I know, two in less than six months is a little troubling but I do need two cameras, and I was made an offer I just couldn’t refuse so I begged, borrowed and nearly stole to scrape together the cash to get another M6TTL this one with a .58 viewfinder w

      • HCB Quote of the Week #15

        I like to joke that every winter I forget how hot it is in summer and that in summer I can’t conceive of winter’s chill. My stay in New York has been great but I have to admit that the weather has been a bit chilly. Not that it was warm before I left Germany, I guess the differen

      • Birthday Reflections...

        Well yesterday was my birthday and I took the opportunity to take a little break from the hustle and bustle and just have fun. I had sushi for lunch and then went ice skating, a tradition I started last year. Then my friends Jimmie, Conan and Anna took my out for dinner at Peter

      • Photography Jobs and Opportunities #3

        Only one more day until my birthday! There’s still time to order me a present ; ) Here are your Jobs and Opps of the week!

        The Red Dress. NYC July 2007. © Damaso Reyes


        For the first

      • HCB Quote of the Week #14

        It’s has been pretty cold here but I am still enjoying my time here in NYC. Here is your quote of the week!

        The Musuem of Modern Art. NYC July 2007 © Damaso Reyes

        Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be look

      • Going to Party Like it's my Birthday!

        Are you getting excited yet? My birthday is only a few days away! I know, it’s hard to imagine that I will soon be 29 but we must face the future with open arms, not fear!

        Childhood Dreams. © Damaso Reyes

        So if you happen to be in NYC next Tuesday let

      • Back in Brooklyn

        It’s like slipping on a pair of old gloves, being back in New York. As I mentioned to a friend it’s nice to walk around a city where you don’t need a map to find your way. Seeing friends and family has been a lot of fun and I feel that I am right back into my comfort zone after s

      • Photo Jobs & Opportunities #2

        Still adjusting but it feels good to be back! More later but here are your Monday Photo Jobs & Opportunities!

        German dreams... © Damaso Reyes


        The AOL Photography Department is seeking a Photo Editor to support the AOL News and AOL Sp

      • HCB Quote of the Week #13

        Wow, hard to believe I’m back but here I am. It’s been a long trip so we will have to catch up later but here’s your HCB Quote of the Week!

        Tender Moments. Schömberg 2007. © Damaso Reyes

        To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties co

    • November
      • Goodbye, So Long...

        My time here at Solitude and in Germany is quickly drawing to a close. It is hard to believe that it has come and gone so soon. I remember boarding that plane in January with little idea of what to expect. Who could have imagined all of the interesting people I’ve met, all the f

      • New Galleries!

        I know that you have been waiting patiently, in some cases for months, for me to upload some nice new galleries to my website. Well the wait is over! I have already posted some new galleries including of the Congregation of Hameln, Berlin, CERN and from Leipzig. I still have mo

      • Photography Jobs & Opportunies #1

        Well it has been a busy weekend but I am almost done editing and I will be posting new images online later today! Of course I still have a bunch of film still left to process and scan but that’s life!

        In other news I have decided that Saturdays should not get to have

      • HCB Quote of the Week #12

        This time next week I will be back in New York, can you believe it? Of course I have more work than time but it will all be okay, even if I don’t finish everything I want to do. I am almost done with this batch of images, which feels good. Hopefully I will at least process, if n

      • The One Percent Doctrine

        It’s true, I hate editing.

        Now you might wonder why, after all, this is the real first chance that I get to sit and look at my new images. Editing also takes a lot less time than scanning and is at least more interesting. So why do I hate it so much?

        I bla

      • HCB Quote of the Week #11

        Another week, another quote by HCB. Only 14 days until I land back in New York. Too much to do, too little time…

        © Damaso Reyes

        Thinking should be done before and after, not during photographing. Success depends on the extent of one's general cul

      • Scanning in the snow

        Almost done scanning, the end is in sight! By tonight I should be done, thank goodness. Tomorrow and over the weekend I will edit and start the process of putting some new images on my website, can you believe it?

        Lovely, dark and deep... © Damaso Reyes
      • Scanning

        So after a nice relaxing day at the sauna, it is finally time to get down to work! I have started to scan my negatives, ten down, a whole bunch to go! Just so you know how exciting my upcoming days will be, here is a blow by blow of my day.

        © Damaso Reyes

      • HCB Quote of the Week #10

        I know it seems like forever but here is your HCB Quote of the Week. Take it in…

        Summer in Amsterdam. © Damaso Reyes

        Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can ma

      • Distractions...

        One of the issues I struggle with the most is post production. It is so much fun to be out in the field, shooting roll after roll, enjoying the world around me that I rarely spend as much time as I should in the darkroom processing that same film or in front of the computer scan

      • DKFZ

        So last week I returned to the German Cancer Research Center to photograph in the lab of Dr. Frank Rösl. It was a very interesting visit and all of the researchers and students welcomed me, even if they thought it was strange that I would come to photograph them doing what they

      • HCB Quote of the Week #9

        My last month at Solitude has arrived, can you believe it? As I sit back and contemplate things, here is your HCB Quote of the Week…

        © Damaso Reyes

        I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the disco

    • October
      • EU Constitution

        Happy Halloween! I am sure that some of you reading from the States will be dressing up and have fun tonight. I was never much of a fan of Halloween myself but I always enjoyed seeing what costumes other people decided to wear.

        We have been having a bit of trick or tr

      • HCB Quote of the Week #8

        Hello from the forest! Here is your HCB Quote of the week and it is a good one!

        © Damaso Reyes

        I'm not responsible for my photographs. Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. It's drowning yourself, dissolving yo

      • Heidelberg

        So today, as promised, I went to the German Center Research Center. Today was more of an informal get to know you session. I only shot a few images but I got to take a bit of a tour of the place and I sat down and talked about my project with Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Rösl, who

      • Dollar Decline...

        In case you were still wondering, the American dollar is still heading downward. Even the Indian Rupee is kicking our butt. Everyone is bailing on the Greenback. Not so bad if you are earning Euros and buying in dollars. Not so much fun if you make dollars and have to spend Euro

      • The Congregation of Hameln

        Well it certainly has been a long week! From Paris to Hameln in just five days, funny huh? As exciting as the life of an international photojournalist can be it can also get a little tiring, next week should be a bit quieter with only one shoot scheduled, but of course there is

      • HCB Quote of the Week #7

        Greetings from Hameln, here is your HCB Quote of the week!

        To take photographs means to recognize -- simultaneously and within a fraction of a second -- both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one

      • EPA Meeting

        Sorry I haven’t been around much, after recovering from my trip to Paris and hitting the sauna I had to prepare for a meeting I had today at the European Pressphoto Agency. I went there with Philippe, a former fellow here at solitude and expert in copyright issues who is an advi

      • Goodbye Paris!

        Well my adventure here comes to an end! I am making my way back to Stuttgart this morning after an incredible six days here in Paris. I saw so much art, ate so much good food and yes, met so many nice people! Special thanks to Marie, Gregoire and Matthias for putting me up and showi

      • HCB Quote of Week #6

        A greeting from Paris, here is your HCB Quote of the Week!

        Paris at sunset. © Damaso Reyes

        Photography appears to be an easy activity; in fact it is a varied and ambiguous process in which the only common denominator among its practitioners is in the inst

      • Paris Je t'aime

        The River Seine. © Damaso Reyes

        It’s hard to know where to start! First, I completely understand why so many American artists have fallen in love with this city, it truly is beautiful. You can tell the difference between Germany and France as soon as you step on boa

      • Paris Bound!

        I am off to Paris for the first time this afternoon! I will be on the jury of the Aella Foto Latino festival as well as taking some time to explore and photograph the city. I look forward to telling you all about my adventures; have fun while I am gone!

      • HCB Quote of the Week #5

        Well I am almost done processing film! Today I think I will go into town and do a little shooting, maybe hit the local flea market; you never know what you will find after all! I hope you are ready for another pearl of wisdom!

        Marine Corps training. © Damaso Rey

      • Reel Fun
        October 4, 2007

        It’s hard not to emphasize what a big change it is to be back here. In a few hours I went from Germany’s largest city to a small community of artists. I just got back from a nice walk in the woods that surround us here and the air was fresh and the light was

      • Return to Solitude

        So I arrived back in Solitude yesterday after a nice train ride from Berlin. Some of the faces have changed since July but the house remains as I left it, warm and inviting and I have already managed a short walk in the woods! I am very happy to be back in this environment after

    • September
      • HCB Quote of the Week #4

        Just two more days in the Hauptstadt! I will try to make the most of them and see a few galleries and museums, hopefully the weather will cooperate. Here is our latest quote of the week, enjoy!

        Remains of the war, Kosovo 2005. © Damaso Reyes

        “As photojou

      • Fast Fertig!

        One more day left at Vanity Fair! It is amazing how quickly these last two months have gone by. The past few weeks I have been slaving away, trying to wrap up two articles for the magazine before I head back down to Stuttgart. You will be happy to know that I am indeed all done, le

      • Geiger College

        Yesterday I went back to Abraham Geiger College, the only Rabbinical School in German and met with Adrian Michael Schell, who is training to be a rabbi there. Last year the school graduated its first class of rabbis, something very special considering Germany’s history. After readi

      • HCB Quote of the Week #3

        'Manufactured' or staged photography does not concern me. And if I make a judgment, it can only be on a psychological or sociological level. There are those who take photographs arranged beforehand and those who go out to discover the image and seize it. For me, the cam

      • Why Can't we, I Mean, You Know, Just Get Along?

        I had no idea but it seems that Belgium is having some problems. The Walloons and the Flemish are not happy with each other at all. Apparently the Dutch speakers have had enough and want to break up the marriage. The French speaking Walloons say non.

        Hard to

      • Published Article

        I suppose good things do come to those who wait, but then again I am a big fan of clichés! My article about New York artists moving to Berlin has finally been published! I tried to get Vanity Fair interested but they passed. Fortunately for me the Burns network acted fast and my fr

      • Dreden & Leipzig

        The View from a bridge. © Damaso Reyes

        Well it has been a busy two and a half days here in Dresden and Leipzig! It was great to meet up with the other Burns fellows here in Germany, some of whom I hadn’t seen since July. Our time here in the east has been both soc

      • HCB Quote of the Week #2

        Greetings! Even though I am traveling I wouldn't want you too miss the quote of the week...

        Holocaust Memorial, Berlin 2007

        To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event, as we

      • Off to Dresden

        Tomorrow I head out with the other American Burnsies to Dresden, where we will have our midterm meeting. It is a chance for us to talk about our fellowships, compare notes and make suggestions. We will also have a chance to see a bit of Eastern Germany and the city made famous in

      • The Dollar is going down like the popular girl in high school...

        While I was doing some research online at work I came across this headline: Dollar hits fresh 15-year low. You can read all about it here and here but it basically boils down to: since Damaso has been getting his fellowship money in dollars he is S.O.L. Boy, I can’t wait to get bac

      • Six Years on... September 11th

        It’s hard to believe that it has been six years…

        The day after. © Damaso Reyes

        For the first time since that terrible day, the 11th of September falls on a Tuesday, the same day of the week the attacks took place. It was a warm, bright and clear morning.

      • HCB Quote of the Week #1

        Can’t you see I’m working? Seriously I just realized a few days ago that the deadline for the Guggenheim Fellowship is at the end of the week so I am spending the better part of today, which of course happens to be one of the few nice days we’ve had in a while, revamping my proposa

      • Little Help Please...

        So what is it I do all day?

        It’s hard to put into words, but don’t worry, I am keeping busy, mostly working on articles and looking glamorous at the Vanity Fair offices. Hard to believe that I am half way done but it’s true!

        In any event, lest you think that m

      • Documenting Doucmenta

        Is modernity our antiquity?
        What is bare life?
        What is to be done?

        These are the three questions that the curators and organizers of Documenta 12 say the show is organized around. I think you can guess what my response was.

        Stuffed Giraffe a

      • Off to Kassel, Remembering Katrina

        So tomorrow I head down to Kassel for a few days to check out the Documenta art exhibition. Hard to believe that I have already been here in Berlin for a month and only have thirty days left to go. It never stops seeming strange to me how time can move both so quickly and so slowly

    • August
      • Back to Solms!

        So Thursday I head back to Solms!

        Yes, I will be going back to Leica HQ, this time to interview Steven K. Lee, the CEO of Leica Camera for a profile that I am doing for Vanity Fair Germany. It took a little convincing but I am glad that my bosses decided to go with the s

      • Christmas in August!

        Once again I have updated The Wish List!

        I am trying to make it as diverse as possible: something for every inclination and pocket book! As people who are trying to change the world it is not enough to have good intentions, we must also put our money where our mouths are

      • The Sum of My Parts...

        I am an Artist.

        I am a Journalist.

        The two things are not mutually exclusive!

        I am a Photojournalist.

        After having a rather heated discussion last weekend about this with a friend, I figured I should clear a few things up for people

      • Hamburger Heaven

        On my way back to Berlin now after a fun filled weekend in Hamburg! First I went to the Kunsthalle where I saw lots of interesting art including an exhibition about how the sea is represented in art, a very appropriate subject for this harbor town.

        Art is Light! ©

      • Interlude...

        So while I am in Hamburg I thought I would give you guys an entry from the dead stories file. As a freelancer there are stories that you might love but you can’t find a home for. This is one of those, enjoy!

        Punk Rock Missionaries in Times Square
        By Damaso Reyes
      • Off to Hamburg

        Well I am off to Hamburg today for a few days of R&R! Not that life has been especially stressful here in Berlin but it is always nice to change things up and Hamburg is a pretty nice city. So I will catch up with you guys on the other side!

      • Opposite Ends

        It’s raining outside. Again.

        I’m not trying to make a big deal about this but I had to wear a jacket yesterday. In August. Does that seem wrong to people? In New York it is hot and steamy and here it is cool and wet. I guess the grass is always greener….

        I sup

      • Finding Tom...

        So today I got out of the office to work on a story. As always, the universe has a wicked sense of humor. My Vanity Fair colleague and I took our rented car out into the German countryside hot on the trail of Tom Cruise.

        At the Flughafen. © Damaso Reyes

      • First Day, First Impressions

        So my first day of work was on Friday and I was very excited to get things started. I showed up bright and early and was introduced to the shiny, minimalist offices on Unter den Linden. White walls, white floors, white desks, white computers, pretty much white everything. The peopl

      • Then We Take Berlin!

        The process of settling into any new digs is completed for me once I have done laundry and gone to the supermarket, both of which I did today. While most people love apartments with lots of light, the fact that my room has two big windows and no draperies was not something I was ha

    • July
      • Back in Berlin


        Ich bin Hier!

        After two and a half days of bonding with my fellow fellows in Virginia I boarded a plane and headed off to the Bundesrepublik. As is usual, I couldn’t sleep so by the time I arrived I was quite tired (off course staying up till three in the mor

      • Home Again....
        New York City

        © Damaso Reyes

        I am sitting on a train at Pennsylvania Station waiting to go to Washington for an orientation for my Burns Fellowship. It has been an exciting twelve days here in the Big Apple, my only regret is that I couldn’t stay longer. I rode the Cyclon

      • Sommerfest

        Well yesterday we had our annual Sommerfest here at Solitude and it was quite an experience. Food, music, performances and of course lots of art on display all over the place. We even sold off many of the photographs that I had been exhibiting and raised money for both the Akada

      • The End is Nigh

        Well it has been nearly six months and my time here at Solitude is growing short. I suppose that I have been missing this place as long as I have been here but the peace and tranquility that I have experienced since I have arrived will be difficult to replicate. At the same time

    • June
      • Objects of Desire

        Recently I had a chance to update The Wish List, feel free to have a look!

        I went through and thought about my current needs and since I am in the process of making the switch from SLRs to rangefinder cameras, there were several things on the list that I have deleted

      • Life is one big party....

        Friday and Saturday I went to the Württembergischer Kunstverein where Dr. Cornelia Lund and Dr. Holger Lund of Fluctuating Images gallery here in Stuttgart were curating a series of events exploring the relationship between parties and art. On these two days they invited DJs as

      • Back to School

        I made my way back to the Schömberg Children’s Clinic to photograph the small school that they have for the patients. From the first time I heard about it I was very interested in photographing the teachers and students, much thanks to Dr. Uwe Petruch for arranging this visit fo

      • Trip to CERN

        Well it has been two incredible days, almost enough to make me wish that I had taken physics a little more seriously in high school, sorry John, all I can do is take photos…

        I arrived in Geneva early yesterday morning after traveling all night on the train, next time I w

      • Lost and Found

        Why aren’t you in Hamburg? Two different people asked me this question in the space of as many days and they, as well as you I suppose deserve an answer.

        Of course my friends were referring to the anti G8 protests happening in Hamburg and other cities here in Germany,

      • Up and Atom!

        11:45 p.m. and waiting for the train to Geneva, don’t let anyone tell you that this business is glamorous!

        After waking up early this morning to photograph the mayor of Stuttgart, here I am waiting for an early morning train to Geneva where I will photogr

      • Back to the Black Forest

        Today I travelled once again to the Black Forest and the Schömberg Children’s Clinic to photograph some of the patients there. On the way I got off at the wrong stop (who knew that there were two stops called Mühlacker anyway?) and ended up cooling my heels for an hour while rea

      • Ich mochte eine Leica M6!

        I am a changed man.

        Leica lenses under construction. © Damaso Reyes

        Sure I use and enjoy working with a rangefinder but for as long as I have been photographing I have been using SLR cameras. There are a lot of different reasons for this but like most art

      • Off to Solms

        I am very excited!

        Oh happy day! © Damaso Reyes

        Tomorrow I get to photograph at the Leica factory!

        It feels a little like a religious pilgrimage, going to the place where the 35mm rangefinder camera was more or less invented and refined. So

      • Children's Hospital

        Well as much as I have enjoyed basking in the afterglow of my show, drinking beer and sleeping until noon, I can only stay idle so long. Back to “work” it is for me and yesterday I traveled to the Black Forest to visit the Schömberg Children´s
        Neuropediatric and Rehabilita

    • May
      • The Show...

        Well opening night was very much a success although some severe rain and hail but before 8 seems to have kept some people from making the drive up to the castle. The show was already up by Wednesday, thanks to the help of Herrs Horst and Ludwig and by lunchtime on Thursday every

      • Opening NIght

        Well today is the big day, my exhibition here at Solitude opens tonight! It’s been a lot of work but I am very excited, it’s hard to believe that I am finally done with all the preparations. This show represents the first time I am showing work from The Europeans here in Europe

      • Still Working...

        I’m still here, working on the show which opens here at Solitude on Thursday. You’ll be happy to know that I have selected 33 images from my time here in Germany to display. It will be interesting to see what people think! I will be also adding galleries to the website in the co

      • Getting Ready...

        Sorry I haven’t been around much but I am furiously preparing for my show which opens on May 24th. If you’re around, you should really stop by! In any event, life will get back to normal, whatever that means, after I am finished scanning and prepping the images to be printed. Wi

      • Four Months On...

        Well it has been four very interesting and productive months for me here in Germany. It seems like just yesterday I was boarding a plane at JFK to head here. In the past four months I have shot over 130 rolls of film, capturing countless images. I feel like my time here thus far

      • Mayday, Mayday...

        Well yesterday I spent the day photographing the various demonstrations here in Berlin held in honor of May 1st, the international labor day. It was a little anticlimactic since I had been led to believe that there would be some clashes with the police and general unrest but nevert

    • April
      • Springtime in Germany...

        Berlin in springtime is much nicer than in winter, that’s for sure. I have been wandering around the city with my friend Anna, who is visiting from NYC. Among other things, we have been visiting graveyards where we found some cool old fonts on the tombstones; we have been to a few

      • Chillin' in Berlin

        The first time I came to Berlin last winter I was a bit underwhelmed. The Soviet architecture which dominates much of the city was a bit oppressive and the weather was cold and a bit dark. Of course now spring is in full swing and the city has truly come to life. I have spent the p

      • Interlude...

        Here is a little Interlude to keep you entertained, don’t worry, I am having fun….

        Lovely Dark and Deep

        The view from Solitude. © Damaso Reyes

        There are many things that I love about Solitude. The freedom to work at my own pace, the support I

      • Off to Berlin!

        Well I am off to Berlin this morning for twelve days of shooting and exploring. I hope to post fairly often but hey, I may very well be busy! So in the mean time enjoy whatever Interludes I put up here! Catch you later…..

        A flea market in Berlin. © Damaso Reyes

      • New Galleries

        Well it’s about time!

        I have finally managed to update my website with new image galleries. I know you’re so excited. You can see photographs from such exotic destinations as Berlin, Cologne and of course Stuttgart.

        The Bundestag in Berlin. © Damaso R

      • 2nd Anniversary

        Happy Tax Day! Yes, today is the day when many of my friends back home are rushing to ensure that they have their taxes files (actually since the date falls on a Sunday they have until tomorrow at midnight to make sure Uncle Sam get his pound of flesh).

        Today also hap

      • Three Down, Three to Go...

        Well it has been three months since I arrived here at Solitude and it has been an intensely interesting experience both personally and artistically. It has been a time of contradictions for sure. I feel like I have worked hard and at the same time not hard enough. I feel like I

      • The United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland

        The United Kingdom has always been proud of its ambiguous place in Europe. To paraphrase scripture, it likes to be in Europe but not of Europe. For me, two recent articles illustrate the pressures that Europe in general and the United Kingdom in particular are facing.

      • When it rains...

        “Ask and ye shall receive” the Gospel of Matthew tells us. That’s the interesting thing about clichés, there is at least a kernel of truth in them, otherwise they would not be clichés. I suppose it is possible that the universe heard my plaintive cry about not feeling accepted a

      • Rights? You don't need any rights....

        What, you may ask, have I been doing since I have returned from Hamburg. Well beside processing 36 rolls of film in the last 36 hours, I have been trying to set up shoots for an upcoming trip to Berlin towards the end of the month. So you know what that means: endless research,

      • A Fifty Year Dream

        Happy birthday!

        To the EU, that is. If you weren’t paying attention, the EU was more or less born on March 25th, 1957 when the Treaty of Rome was signed. Half a century later many of the goals of the signers, including a common currency and open borders, have come to

      • April Fools!

        In keeping with the festive nature of the date, here are some funny articles.

        I know that you believe that all journalists are criminals, now here is your proof!

        And since they are criminals, why not watch them be attacked by bears, cats and elephants?
    • March
      • ESA

        Sorry I haven’t written in a while, when I got back from Hamburg I was laid low by a nasty little virus that pretty much kept me in bed for a few days. But now I am back in fine form!

        On a World Tour. Global NO2 pollution map for 2006. Photo courtesy of ESA/KNMI

      • High Tech in the Brain

        There are days when my job, as great as it is, is difficult. Days where I stand in the rain, a piercing wind slicing through me. Days where I walk for miles to nowhere, alone with only a heavy camera bag to console me.

        Then there are days like today where I get to photo

      • Hafen Hamburg

        Well I have to say that Hamburg is pretty amazing. I am having a great time, taking photos and running around town. I am lucky enough to be staying with my friend Ewa, who I met at Solitude during a symposium a few months ago.

        Today I shot at the Port of Hamburg, much t

      • Off to Hamburg... Interlude..
        En Route to Hamburg

        So I am off to Hamburg for about a week. I will be shooting at the port there and hopefully a few other places. In the meantime, another interlude to satisfy the masses…

        Date Unknown
        Brooklyn, New York

        In all honesty all I really have is memo

      • Interlude...

        So I have been somewhat busy editing photos, taking long walks in the woods and planning some shoots for next week so I haven’t been blogging too much. But I promise that soon you will see the fruits of my labor, or at least the vegetables. In the meantime I think I will begin a

      • It's a Beautiful Day...

        Of course it is a crystal clear day outside. There is no doubt that the sun is shining impossibly bright and that the birds are singing to each other that Spring is just around the corner.

        Of course I am stuck inside, editing photos and sending emails.


      • Drug Reform

        It seems as though the United Kingdom may join the increasing number of European nations which are moving to scrap their antiquated drug laws, The Guardian is reporting. What do you think, should soft and hard drugs continue to be illegal, punishable by stiff jail sentences? In

      • Month Two

        Well it has been two months since I left New York and arrived here in Germany. In that time I have traveled to a Munich and Cologne and shot and processed nearly a hundred rolls of film.

        Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Cologne 2007. ©Damaso Reyes
      • 33 Things about Damaso

        While most of the people reading this blog are friends or search engine bots, there may very well be a few people here and there who don’t know much about me. So here 33 things you might find interesting, in no particular order…

        Self Portrait. Rwanda 1999.©Damas

      • The Commission for the Standardization of Blankets

        I know it’s hard to believe but I am not an expert in everything. Nor do I want to be. For a long time this project has been more or less a one man show. Well now all of that is about to change.

        Last week I was reading a 1962 article from the Complete New Yorker that

      • Worker

        I am a worker.

        ©Damaso Reyes

        This is where I work.

        ©Damaso Reyes

        I mix chemicals.

        ©Damaso Reyes

        I open film canisters.

        ©Damaso Reyes

        I make photographs.

        ©Damaso Reyes


    • February
      • Rejection and Aceptance

        My life has been framed by the twin concepts of Rejection and Acceptance. No matter how far I seem to have come or how old I get these two parallel themes are my constant companions.

        It seems as though my life has been punctuated by a few significant instances of acc

      • Prince Harry

        Marine recruits. ©Damaso Reyes

        It’s nice to see that SOME country’s elites are willing to put their money where their mouths are…

      • Rememberance of Things Past

        Recently I was talking with some of the other fellows and several told me that they were surprised by how much traveling I have done and the places that I have been to. I never feel like I have covered enough ground myself, but the conversations did give me an opportunity to thi

      • NYABJ Award

        Well I have recovered, mostly. I sleep in and have a fairly lazy day but did manage to do some late afternoon bike riding through the local woods with another fellow.

        In other news, I just checked online and it turns out that I won 1st place for international reportin

      • Carnival in Cologne

        Day One
        “We’re not in Stuttgart anymore, Toto”

        It certainly has been a long weekend!

        You know, every time I embark on one of these little adventures, I forget how much work is involved. I know, it sounds silly but something like Carnival is so overwhelmi

      • Off to Cologne!
        En Route to Cologne

        Well here I am, off to Cologne for carnival weekend! Last year I was in New Orleans, which was a lot of fun and hard work. It might be interesting to try carnival in a different city every year, we’ll see if we can make a habit out of this. So I will try to post whilst

      • Video Killed the Photography Star

        Often when I tell people that I am a photojournalist they ask me if I do video as well.

        I always answer no.

        I mention this because of an article I saw today online. One quote gave me pause:

        “Digital stills photography will, when we look back on i

      • Party Time

        Another monthly dinner and fun was had by all, though speaking just for myself there was a little too much wine consumed, which I felt this morning when I woke up just after eight to go photograph at the State Parliament, but that’s another story. Here are some photos….enjoy!
      • Iraq Then and Now

        When I visited Iraq in 2000 I thought that there was little else that my country to could to make the situation there more intolerable for the people whom we wished to “liberate.”

        An Iraqi hospital in 2000. ©Damaso Reyes

        Clearly, I was wrong.

      • Anna Nicole

        Anna Nicole Smith is dead.

        Anna at Live 8 in 2005. ©Damaso Reyes

        ©Damaso Reyes

        ©Damaso Reyes

        Here’s a link to a blog that I wrote about her in 2005. Let me know what you think…

      • One down...

        One month down, five to go!

        Time is a tricky thing, something it goes by at warp speed, usually when I’m doing something fun like eating ice cream or nude karaoke; at other times it drags on, most notably when I am loading one of the 16 rolls of films that I have been

      • Memory...

        I have a bad memory.

        That comes as no shock to those of you who know me, after all I often joke that the reason why I take pictures is to remember what it is that I’ve seen.

        More seriously, I have a hard time remembering the names of people I’ve just met; I

      • What the Duck

        So I came across this comic strip a while back and thought I would share it with you. It’s a pretty accurate portrait of life as a photographer.

      • Lectures...

        So for the past two days there has been a symposium here entitled “When is a work of art dead?” Since it has been all in German up until tonight, I have just been taking the occasional photo, but tonight there is a lecture in English. There is talk of going out afterwards but I’

    • January
      • Workin' hard....

        Okay, I don’t want everyone getting the wrong idea and thinking that this trip is nothing but trips to the mineral bath and beer hall. Sure, those places are playing a crucial role, but I do actually do work from time to time, I just don’t like to always bore you with all the de

      • Bad Boy

        So after playing in the snow I decided to visit one of the many mineral baths here in Stuttgart. I took the train to Mineralbad Leuze with it’s warm and cool pools full of mineral rich water. Having learned to schvitz at the Tenth Street Baths in NYC, I was looking forward to be

      • Another Day, Another Snowfall

        Another day, more snow! After a winter of dry weather winter has come to Stuttgart with a vengeance.

        Rolling uphill, like true artists!

        More sledding, more fun! Photo by Ligia Nobre.

        Me and my buddy. Photo by Ligia Nobre.

      • Snow Day!

        So it snowed yesterday.

        ©Damaso Reyes

        A lot.

        ©Damaso Reyes

        I had fun.

        ©Damaso Reyes

        I went sledding.

        ©Damaso Reyes

        I got cold and wet.

        Going down the

      • Zen and the Art of Waiting

        Some people think of photography as an action packed adventure but those of us who actually take the photographs know that it is all about waiting. And then waiting some more. And then a little more after that.

        Sometimes it’s about waiting for the right moment, other

      • January Dinner

        So yesterday was the monthly fellow’s dinner here at Schloss Solitude. It is one of the few chances we get to all come together on a regular basis and share a meal. It was a great chance to meet some of the more reclusive fellows and share a couple (read dozen) bottles of wine.

      • Hide and Sheep

        So, yesterday I got up all early to go hang out with that shepherd that I met the other day. We were supposed to meet up at nine so I got up, showered, put on my long underwear, got all my camera gear ready and went out into the brisk morning air. I searched and searched but fou

      • First Week, First Impressions

        Hard to believe that I have been here for a whole week, isn’t it? For all the anxiety that I experience before a big move like the one I have just taken it always amazes me how easily I manage to adapt to wherever I land. Of course it helps that I have done this before, most not

      • MLK DAY

        Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

        This is just about the only holiday that I actually take seriously and though tempted I managed to avoid doing any work today. I simply meditated on the man and his message. How far we have come since he gave his famous speech in 1963

      • Watch Out for the Sheep!

        While at lunch today the woman sitting next to me asked “Have you seen the sheep?” Of course I responded “What sheep?” Apparently twice a year a shepherd comes by with his flock to graze on the grasses surrounding the Schloss. So I went out camera in hand and lo and behold there

      • Party in Munich
        Munich, Germany

        Traveling in Germany is fun and easy! Yesterday I took the ICE (high speed) train from Stuttgart to Munich for a party at Lisa and Renate’s studio. They insisted that I come so how could I refuse? It also gave me the chance to visit Calumet and to meet with Meike from Ketc

      • Jet Lag
        Stuttgart, Germany

        I guess I shouldn’t have joked about the jet lag in my last entry. For some reason I have been waking up at 2:30 in the morning for the past two days, unable to get back to sleep until five or six in the morning. As you could imagine this has put a serious cramp i

      • Arrival
        Stuttgart, Germany

        I don’t know if it’s the jet lag, the 400 rolls of film I have sitting in my fridge or the absurdly nice “studio” that I am working in right now but I am giddy. I arrived a few hours ago and I am duly impressed by the place and I haven’t gotten to see nearly all o

      • Comments Please
        New York City

        So I have decided to enable comments on this blog, let’s see how this little experiment works out. One of the reasons why I have hesitated up until now was that I was wary of vandals and more likely idiots posting silly comments. But I have also realized that comments are an

      • Happy New Year!
        New York City

        I have been joking to my friends that 2007 will be the “Year of Yes.” Not so much for me, mind you, more about getting other people to say yes to The Europeans.

        Once again I find myself at the beginning of a new year having no real clue as to where I will b

  • 2006
    • December
      • Two Weeks Notice

        Manhattan from Roosevelt Island. ©Damaso Reyes

        New York City

        So I have given New York City my two weeks notice! A fortnight from now I will be off to sunny Stuttgart and as is usual before I head out on an extended trip I have been trying to do all the “New York things” I

      • Studio Photography Magazine
        New York City

        If you find yourself needing a reason to take a few minutes away from the “joyous family celebrations” check out my article in Studio Photography magazine. Not only will you get away from your drunken uncle and spoiled nieces but you might even pick up something useful!
      • Five Stages
        New York City

        ©Damaso Reyes

        Everyone has faith, even if you are an atheist like me. We have faith that we will wake up in the morning, believe that the elevator will work, or that we will find true love. While my faith is not deity based sometimes I feel that it is no les

      • Not again!
        New York City

        So yesterday I dropped off my portfolio at the Guggenheim Foundation. Today I received a letter from them saying: “Your communication of photographic prints has come to hand. It will receive due attention.” I always enjoy the formal tone to their correspondence , let’s hope

      • Tickets please
        New York City

        Well, it’s official, I’m outta here. I finally bought my ticket to Stuttgart and will be leaving on January 7th. I know it’s hard but don’t cry, I’ll most likely be back in September. But in the meantime I am encouraging everyone I know to get a headset or a webcam with mic

      • Happy Birthday Baby!
        New York City

        Happy birthday to me!

        ©Damaso Reyes

        Amazingly enough I have made it to 28, please hold your applause. I did have quite the day though. Finally, after all these years I managed to go ice skating for the first time. I know it sounds silly but

    • October
      • Katrina Show Opening
        New York City

        Tonight was the opening of the group show that I am in: Engulfed by Katrina: Photographs Before and After the Storm, curated by Deborah Willis and Hank Willis-Thomas. This show features show great images produced by some incredible photographers and I would encourage everyon

      • The Road Home...
        Aboard SwissAir flt 14 to JFK

        I'm finally headed back to New York! Often short trips where you try to pack everything into a few days are more draining than a long one when you can take your time. While I did not manage to get to see nearly all of Berlin, I did get to do some shootin

      • To the German People...

        The Bundestag Dome interior

        It's another crisp and sunny day here in the Federal Republic. Right now I am waiting in line to enter the Bundestag and it looks like it will be a little while until I get inside. Tomorrow morning I head back to NYC and I have to say it

      • Remembering?

        Today was cool and windy with the sun hidden behind what seemed like a never-ending series of gray clouds. I wandered around the heart of the city. I managed to make my way over to the Bundestag and the Brandenburg gate where some kind of festival and concert was happening (btw, wh

      • Performance Art?

        On my way home I passed by an art gallery that was having an opening and stopped in. An interesting side note: in America the booze at openings is always free, here you have to pay. So the theme of the show way adult oriented complete with performances. Nothing lewd but these Germa

      • Another Brick in the Wall

        The Wall via camera phone

        Here I am sitting on part of what's left of the Berlin wall thinking that's it's hard to imagine a more historic change than that one. But in many ways the slow transformation that Germany and the rest of Europe is goi

      • Chillin'

        Last night was pretty laid back, I just had dinner with a fellow photog and his family. Afterwards I wandered around town, caught the end of an art gallery opening and walked home, no small feat given the distances involved.

        On my way back I encountered a group of Punks

    • September
      • Walking Around Berlin

        I finally had a chance to catch up on my sleep and nearly spent the whole day in bed! When I finally did get my act together I decided to walk downtown instead of taking the train and had a nice stroll along Karl Marx Allee, which was a real kick! The huge Soviet era building now a

      • The Party's Over...
        Cologne airport en route to Berlin

        Well Photokina is over, at least for me. I had a great time though the Kodak folks and the other photogs kept me up pretty late. Saturday is Audrey's birthday so we all went out for dinner and then sang karaoke! She works hard all year at Kodak figh

      • Photokina Day 1

        Well here I am at Photokina and I have to say that I am amazed. The Kodak booth. If you can call 30,000 sq. Feet a booth. It was something else to see my photos up on the walls here at the show. Who would have though that a young boy from Brooklyn could do so wel

      • En Route...
        En route to Cologne from Berlin

        I haven't sleep in 20 hours and I have been on three different planes today. Good thing I am luckily enough to be staying at a nice chain hotel that Kodak is putting me up at. I am ready for a shower but no sleep since tonight is the Kodak press recept

      • At the Airport..

        Just hanging out waiting for my flight to Berlin where I hop on another flight to Cologne. Don't let anyone tell you that being a globetrotting photog isn't fun!

        This is my first time to this airport and it is pretty nice. I spent a fair amount of time browsing

      • Passport
        Well we finally got in the air if you can believe it, I know I can't. I was just flipping through my passport, something that I always do when flying. This very well may be the last trip I take with it since it expires next March and that means I will have to get a new one before the end of the

      • Fifteen Minutes Later....
        Who knew just how long it would be! Here we are still waiting to take off. Why is it that I never get upgraded or seated next to some beautiful young woman just out of reform school? I suppose I should be thankful that I am not living 100 years ago and sailing across the Atlantic but still this econ

      • Off to Germany!
        Aboard Swissair 17

        Well here I am hunting and pecking away on a tiny screen and keyboard. A few days ago I discovered that my laptop died, maybe it knew that I was planning on replacing it. In any event here I am working on this nice little PDA/Phone complete with a version of Microsoft w

    • August
      • Back in action!
        New York City

        Well since I last wrote I have been to New Orleans for the first Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina; to the Marine training base at Parris Island, SC; and to Tanzania on a United Nations fellowship. I spent much of the summer building this fine website you have here and taki

    • February
      • The Big Night
        New York City

        Happy New Year!

        Okay, it’s a month late but it’s the thought that counts, right? Tonight is the opening of the group show I am in at E3 gallery here in New York. After processing all my film and doing quite a bit of printing, the big day is here. I have selected a

  • 2005
    • November
      • Home again, home again...
        Barcelona, Spain

        Well today was my last full day in town and I decided to spend it once again wandering about. I took the tram across the harbor and had lunch near the beach. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I am hoping that I can make it back soon.

        Barcelona fr

      • Man about town...
        Barcelona, Spain

        I have spent the past few days coming into town and wandering the streets, visiting museums and monuments including several of Gaudi’s masterpieces including the park that he created.

        The facade of one of Gaudi's chruches. ©Damaso Reyes


      • Bright lights, big city
        Barcelona, Spain

        It took me some time to get it together enough to catch the bus into town but it was certainly worth the wait. Before finally heading into Barcelona, I managed to take a trip up Montserrat and visit the famous monastery and shrine to the Black Madonna, which was very impr

      • A glass of wine please...
        El Bruc, Spain

        As I drove up to Can Serrat, the art center where I a staying, lunch was being served outside and I got to enjoy a lovely meal with some great local wine. After nearly three weeks on a dry Army base it was nice to be able to have a few glasses and know I won’t have to wake

      • Hard Work
        Camp Bondsteel

        My time here in Kosovo grows short but I am still being productive, trying to do as much as I can in what time I have left. As always, there never seems to be enough time to work on all the stories that I discover but I suppose that means I will just have to come back.
    • October
      • Huffing and Puffing
        Camp Bondsteel

        One of these days I am going to have to get into shape, I swear!

        Today I spent the day on a very interesting mission. Over the past few years one of the things the United Nations has been doing is finding and identifying the bodies of people who went missing or w

      • Once again, with feeling
        Camp Bondsteel

        It’s déjà vu all over again.

        Here I am once again at Camp Bondsteel and this trip has been even more productive than the last. I have been on several interesting missions including a search and cordon mission with German troops who were looking for smuggled weapo

      • Back to Bondsteel
        New York City

        Well it has been an slow but productive summer. You’ll be glad to know that I processed my film and got some pretty good results which you can see in the photos section of the website here. I am on my way back to Kosovo for another three weeks of fun with KFOR, if that isn’t

    • June
      • Back to New York

        Well I am headed back home to New York after shooting in three different countries and traveling a few thousand miles. I have shot well over a hundred rolls of film and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results.

        I think I can begin to see how the narrative t

      • The Port

        Yesterday I spent the day photographing at the Port of Rotterdam, the second busiest port in the world. They have quite an operation over there let me tell you.

        Cranes move containers at the port. ©Damaso Reyes

        I was very impressed by the automation

      • Shadowing the Mayor

        So I have spent the past few days shadowing Job Cohen, the Mayor of Amsterdam. The days have been varied from meetings in The Hague to attending a show at a community center and the opening of a new concert hall. The mayor is a very busy man. I also got to see the Queen at

      • New Amsterdam meets Old Amsterdam

        Having been born in New Amsterdam it is a nice treat to be able to spend some time in my city’s namesake. Weather aside, Amsterdam is a great town. It does remind me quite a bit of New York, and I really like the fact that you can walk and bike most places and the café culture h

      • Voting Day!

        Well the Dutch voted yesterday in overwhelming fashion to reject the EU constitution. After the French vote last month no one was surprised but the size of the defeat was a bit shocking for some. What does this mean for the future of integration? Right now it is all just specula

    • May
      • Goodbye Bondsteel!
        Well this wraps up my time in Kosovo.

        A medivac helo at sunset. ©Damaso Reyes

        The past few weeks have gone by pretty quickly but I feel like I have gotten some good photos and am ready for a little down time in Amsterdam, my next stop. Don’t worry, I will manage to shoot

      • Riot Training
        Camp Bondsteel

        I have shot something like 30 rolls of film in the last ten days and I think that I have more than a few good images if the digital files are any indication. As time goes on I feel like I have gotten more of a sense, albeit an extremely limited one, of what life in Kosovo i

      • MEDCAP
        Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

        Today was pretty cool, I got to photograph at a MEDCAP, which is basically a temporary medical field clinic set up by KFOR solider to treat rural Kosovars who might not have access to doctors. There was an eye clinic as well as a dental clinic where the Army docs we

      • A quick note about the photos
        Just so everyone knows, the photos that will accompany this blog are taken digitally. While The Europeans will be a black and white project, I still shoot digitally so I can file photographs with the stories I write as well as post images to go along with the blog in a timely manner. All the project

      • Sunny Kosovo
        Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

        Welcome to the Army!

        The home of this man's son was destoryed the night before. ©Damaso Reyes

        I have been in sunny Kosovo for four days now and I have to say being embedded with the U.S. Army is very interesting. Yes, there has been

      • The Circus

        So yesterday I went to the circus!

        Roxy leaving the stage. ©Damaso Reyes

        It was a small traveling show in one of the suburbs surrounding the city and it was interesting. I managed to spend a good deal of time backstage and got to know some of the perform

      • Election Day/Night

        Well election day was very long but highly productive. I spent the day with Brian Haw and his supporters. They started by driving around the district he was running for in a rented van with megaphones attached. Brian harangued Tony Blair, called for peace in Iraq and encouraged v

      • On the Street

        So London is an interesting town, no doubt about that. I have spent much of my first two weeks wandering about, getting to know the city and shooting on the street. Remember what I said about the English being polite? Well that was clearly a delusional fantasy. In New York when I g

    • April
      • London Calling

        Well, I’m here, barely. While the flight went smoothly things got more than interesting when I touched down at Heathrow. In my travels as a journalist I have discovered one universal fact: no matter your nationality and where you are arriving at, immigration officials suck. Usually

      • In the Beginning....
        New York City

        Welcome to my blog and website! This is an exciting time for me and I am glad to be sharing it with you. I hope you take the time to view some of the images I will be taking over the next few years as I travel around Europe.

        I’d like to start by telling you a litt