“I wanted to find out what the world looks like today, in our time. How far have we come? How much are we alike? How different are we? I wanted to meet the people of my era. All the places I have visited are special in their own way; some because they made me feel good, others because they shocked me. All their stories deserve to be told. I’m constantly amazed by the innumerable ways in which life unfolds in all these places, at one and the same time. The customs, shapes, colours, religions, and surroundings. And everywhere, I keep seeing the same beautiful things humans are capable of. That’s the central idea behind Streets of the World: showing how alike we are, not how different we are.”
Your chance to make a world trip at home is nearly there. The book will contain more than 400 pages. Beside all the photos, you can read the stories, facts and figures about the countries and see the Iphonography of Jeroen Swolfs. If you pre-order now through our webshop, you get a copy from the first edition which is signed by the photographer. We think it is a must-have and the perfect Christmas gift!Read more
The best place to see the pictures of the Streets of the World Project is where they were taken: in the streets. The pictures were shown 3 – 7 November 2016 life-size in parking garage Kempering in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Over 3000 visitors walked through the parking garage where almost 200 street pictures took them on a world trip. Along the way street food was available from the world kitchen. Our volunteer guides came from Amsterdam Zuidoost and told their stories of the pictures with which they, in their own way, have a connection. The admission was free.Read more
Streets of the World by Jeroen Swolfs is meant as a positive message in a society where mainstream media are dominated by images of war and conflict. The photos he has made on his travels all over the world emphasise similarities between people and cultures, rather than differences. The multi-story car park Kempering in Amsterdam Zuidoost was the perfect place for Streets of the World. The garage is located in the middle of a busy neighbourhood with inhabitants from more than 140 different nationalities.Read more
In 2009, Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Swolfs set out to visit and photograph street life in every country in the world. Streets of the World is the result of this impressive journey. The streets of the world is a photography project that not only distinguishes itself in scale, but also by the positive vision of the […]Read more
After graduating from the Amsterdam Photo Academy, Swolfs became a freelance photojournalist. His work, which focusses on political and social issues, includes a series about returned Serbian refugees and Roma minorities in Eastern Europe, and he has shot assignments for newspapers including the Volkskrant and Amsterdam Weekly, and for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.