“After our first kiss I asked him if he wanted to meet me again the following day. He said yes without hesitation. From the very first moment I felt that I didn’t want to be separated from him anymore. A few years ago, that was before we moved to Amsterdam, I asked Gi to marry me. It wasn’t a romantic thing, I just wanted to organize our legal stuff. I’m not a party guy, I have never been so I wasn’t keen on having a big wedding. We got married on a Tuesday. All I wanted was to be married to this man. We went for an ice-cream afterwards, it wasn’t a big deal, but it was us.”

I photographed Andrew and Gi in 2013 when I just started Humans of Amsterdam. After I took their photo in 2013 I was too shy to ask them for their story. When I worked on my book I wanted to meet them again so this time I could actually get to know them a little better. Now they have 2 pages in my book which they totally deserve. To read the rest of their story make sure to order the book 🙂 Also know that by purchasing the book you are making a huge contribution to Humans of Amsterdam and the continuation of this project. To order the book see the link in my bio: http://tiny.cc/mq2pky

Hey Everyone! As some of you might know my book came out this month and is available on Amazon Germany. Once you translate the website to English it is super easy to order the book for only €22.32. The book is a collection of work from the last 4 years and for those who have been following me from the beginning I made sure to put in new stories as well. It contains 320 pages with more than 450 stories. If you have any problems ordering the book just comment below and I will try to help you. By ordering this book are not only getting yourself a present but you are making a huge contribution to this project 🙂 Kind regards,
Debra Barraud



I’m super proud to announce that the first Humans of Amsterdam book will come out next month. It is published by National Geographic which is an absolute dream come true. The book contains 320 pages and over 400 portraits and stories of which some have never been published before. All of this could never have happened without the support of all of you. Through the years I have read every single comment and message you have sent. Your excitement and compassion in this community has always been my main motivation whenever I would feel I was running out energy. The Humans of Amsterdam has taught me more than any other educational institution ever has. You can already preorder the book

(see the link in the comment section)

If you are in The Netherlands, you can order the book through this link:


*Shipping is free if you order before the 1th of October.

Anywhere outside of The Netherlands, you can order the book here:


If you have any trouble ordering the book please send me an email personally to humansofamsterdam@gmail.com When I signed the deal for the book my main request was that we were able to send the book abroad since so many of you are not located here in The Netherlands. That’s why I’m going to need all the feedback you have in case there is a problem with ordering the book.

The official launch is on the 13th of October. It’s a great opportunity for us to meet and 3 people who are also portrayed in the book will be sharing their story life on stage. We have about 120 spots available so if you want to be a part of the event send me a message to

humansofamsterdam@gmail.com under the description (Humans of Amsterdam book launch) and I will send you the invitation.