Gijs van den Berg

Just coffee

In 2015 Gijs van den Berg photographed the traditional coffeehouses of Amsterdam. These coffeehouses used to be inseparable with the lifestyle of the city. But a new generation of coffee drinkers prefers hip boutiques and exotic coffee drinks. How long will it be before this tradition completely disappears?

The photographs are printed in a traditional darkroom. Instead of using regular photo development, van den Berg created a unique technique using coffee from the actual coffeehouses to develop the images. The coffee stained the paper and gave the photographs a unique character.

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