Book Club#10: Paradiso Studio by Max Natkiel! The 80s Punk Scene of Amsterdam
There’s something mystic to print, something you can’t experience when you go online. Last week I was browsing through a random Amsterdam secondhand book store and amongst dusty rows I found a gem by Max Natkiel. A book full of portraits taken in a club called ‘Paradiso’ here in Amsterdam in the 80s. A big source of inspiration when history is always repeating itself. It’s amazing to see culture, fashion, and nightlife combined in one book, and photographed in a club I still go to today.
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Studio Paradiso contains 600 black and white portraits of visitors to the Amsterdam pop temple Paradiso. Taken by Max Natkiel during a period of ten years between 1980-1990. Compiled by philosopher and writer Dirk van Weelden who was a frequent visitor to Paradiso and met photographer Max Natkiel in the early 1980s. Natkiel saw an explosion of different youth cultures: new-wavers, rockers, mods and skins to name a few. All united in a disgust of the adult world and a fierce desire for whimsy. Get the book: HERE