After finishing his studies in the History of Art and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam in 2002, Sabry pursued a career in the antiquarian book trade, going on to run a fine art bookstore in Amsterdam, whilst also writing, lecturing and teaching about art. Later he dedicated more time to his work as a writer and art historian. Coming from a Jewish background, Sabry was also always interested in the Jewish history of Amsterdam and has thoroughly studied the life and work of Jewish artists living and working in the Netherlands in this century. He is currently writing a book about German Jewish emigree artists in Amsterdam in the interwar years. The work will come out in fall 2016, published by the renowned Jewish publishing house Querido. Sabry also has extensive guiding experience, specialising on the culture of the Low Countries. He expertise has a vast thematic scope that incorporates the art, architecture, literature and cuisine that helped shape the Netherlands as they are today.
Michael Karabinos is an archival theorist living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has a PhD from Leiden University and was previously the Map Librarian at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC (US). His work on colonial archives in Southeast Asia has appeared in various academic journals. He is co-editor of the book Colonial Legacy in South East Asia: the Dutch Archives. While Amsterdam's colonial history is his main specialty, he also has interests in the city's urban expansion over the past 400 years and its architectural history.
Bas has worked in the hospitality industry in his hometown of Amsterdam for over 15 years in a variety of capacities. He feels that he has grown up in a global village - this liberal city which has a ridiculous rich history and has inspired millions all over the world. Amsterdam for Bas is not just beautiful canals, breathtaking architecture, red lights & coffeeshops. Amsterdam is a feeling, an attitude, a way of thinking. As a local and cultural expert, Bas knows his town very well and finds it always a true pleasure to show people what his Amsterdam is all about by trying to pass on some of that "local feeling" to those who dare to explore a little further. He looks forward to welcoming visitors to Amsterdam.
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