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The Beautiful Eyes

Hurumzi 223, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3164, Tanzania
+255 776 716 784
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Great photography but be polite and ask.

The architecture and people of Zanzibar are wonderful to photograph and Stone town is worth staying... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
Mark O
Stockholm, Sweden
Really nice photographs

The Beautiful eyes is a small gallery in the heart of Stone Town. You can buy beautiful photographs... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2016
Frankfurt, Germany
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We start more than three year ago, a fine art photo gallery in the centre of Stone Town in the former tourist shop of Zakia.The idea to initiate The Beautiful Eyes as a place to present art photography started in May 2008 when three photographers visited Zanzibar for a week of photography. They missed a place to talk, present and even to buy photography.In September 2008 Hans Agterdenbos, one of the three, came back to stone town and started investigations to open a gallery. He met Zakia Abdullah they married in march 2009 and they founded The Beautiful Eyes place to talk about photography, find inspiration and maybe good ideas. Up to the present time ±4500 visitors found the way into there gallery.Some take an original photograph home, others attend one of the workshops the Photowalk© the Shambawalk© the Pembasafari. Most caught some inspiration and all of them left the gallery with a good feeling and positive words
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18 May 2016
“Great photography but be polite and ask.”
6 Jan 2016
“Really nice photographs”
Hurumzi 223, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3164, Tanzania
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

The architecture and people of Zanzibar are wonderful to photograph and Stone town is worth staying at least 2 nights before heading for the most amazing beaches.

4  Thank Mark O
Reviewed 6 January 2016

The Beautiful eyes is a small gallery in the heart of Stone Town. You can buy beautiful photographs of Zanzibari everyday-life, nice shots, artistic and full of atmosphere. I was interested in the owners Henna and she recommended her neighbour who did a stunning design...More

2  Thank LaLu259
Reviewed 1 October 2015

This is a small shop run by a European and his Tanzanian wife. They are photographers. There photos look good but one does not see many people buying photos there!

3  Thank CarlosPeter
thebeautifuleyes, Owner at The Beautiful Eyes, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2015

I remember our many contacts the last three years as very pleasant.

Reviewed 8 September 2015

I did two workshops with Hans and Zakia. The first was a walk around Stone Town for serendipitous portraits. Hans has an effective technique for approaching strangers and making them comfortable for a photograph. Zakia immediately breaks through any barrier. You also get to glimpse...More

3  Thank Steve R
thebeautifuleyes, Owner at The Beautiful Eyes, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2015

Thank you, thank you, looking forward to see your work.

Reviewed 1 May 2013

Writing this I still hear the advising words from Hans during my photowalk, and I must admit there was tuning needed. The photowalk is not complete without zakia who showed me very well how to approach the children and citizens of her stone town. The...More

3  Thank Robert J
Reviewed 29 January 2013

If you plan to do a photography workshop with the Beautiful Eyes in Zanzibar, think twice. More than a year ago I made the advance payment of 500 dollars to do a workshop with my son as part of our Christmas holiday. Hans canceled the...More

19  Thank Kuiho
Reviewed 27 November 2012

Hans and Zakia you were fantastic guides to parts of Stone Town I would have never seen on myown. The people were a joy to make pictures with, be around and share their enjoyment at our intrusion into their space, The opportunity to take some...More

3  Thank marko667
Reviewed 30 October 2012

I met Hans and Zakia on my last day in stunning Stonetown. How I wish I had found "The Beautiful Eyes" Gallery earlier! They were kind enough to spend 45 minutes talking and sharing with me..inspiring me in my limited knowledge of photography. At the...More

3  Thank Nanajen66
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Hans and Zakia spent the afternoon with me showing me the beauty of Stone Town. I learned a lot about Photography in such a short time, I only wish I lived closer! They both offered great tips, and I loved the interaction with the locals,...More

4  Thank melis38610
Reviewed 13 January 2012

I joined Zakia and Hans for a 3 hour photo walk through Stone Town, and was able to get some great images for my portfolio. Their understanding of the people of Zanzibar let me have access to motifs that without their help would not be...More

4  Thank JacobKA
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