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The Beautiful Eyes

hurumzi 223, Stone Town 3164, Tanzania
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Ranked #4 of 5 Shopping in Stone Town
Type: Art Galleries, Shopping
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Owner description: 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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Groningen, Nederland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 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 walk for more than three hours was just fine in time came home. In the... More

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Dar es Salaam
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 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 workshop a few days prior to its start. We then agreed to do the workshop... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 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 shots, get some great tips and spend some time with the inhabitants of Stone Town... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

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 top of my bucket list is my return to Stonetown and to complete their Walking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 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, and of course the kids (they are so cute). The afternoon provided a great view... More

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Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 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 accesible to me. As we walked we spoke about the art of photography and the... More

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

THANK YOU to Sakia and Hans of The Beautiful Eyes! The photo walk with them in Stone Town was one of the highlights of our month long holiday in East Africa. If you enjoy photography, then talk a walk with The Beautiful Eyes, make some of the best pictures of your life, and perhaps like me, rekindle your passion for... More

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thebeautifuleyes, Owner at The Beautiful Eyes, responded to this review

Hi Amanda, what can I say that's what we hope for doing the walk the passion comes back good !!. Please sent us some of the work you make on the walk that night you took beautiful shots show it the world on our photowalk blog. I know you have busy time now you told me but do not forget... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

I am not a great photographer, but I wanted to learn. Hans and his wife (who is from Stonetown) took me on wonderful guided walk through the streets of Stonetown teaching me equally about life in Zanzibar and the art of street photography. They clearly know Stonetown and its people well I took me some places I wouldn't otherwise have... More

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