In Amsterdam: The Essence, 25 Amsterdammers share their stories of life in the Dutch capital, shaping a tale of the city itself. Written by David Beckett, I spotted this book on a shelf recently, but really starting exploring it through the stories captured on film.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTEz30d3hPI&w=560&h=349] Laser 3.14, street artist, "The essence of Amsterdam is its freedom and openness. You don't find that anywhere else."
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42F6EIA5ziE&w=560&h=349] Henk Schiffmaker, tattoo artist, "When I walk the streets, this city communicates with me."