Your chance to make a world trip at home is nearly there. The Streets of the World photo book is about to be finished by the designer Joey Kops. The book contains 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.
You only pay the delivery costs now, and you pay the rest when the book is ready. The price will be between 70 – 100 euros (ex. shipping). If you decide not to buy the book, we refund your payment. The book is available no later than 1 May 2017.
This is not just another photography book. It is a message to all those who want to discover what a street means to society, education, wisdom, youth, experience, happiness, stories, food and so much more. You will not find esthetics competing with constructions to impress the public. This is raw material, directly from the guts of a global traveller focussing on the essential streets. The street represents the culture, colours, rituals, maybe even the history of the city and country where he found them. The street is a meeting place, a platform of crowds, a centre of news and gossips, the working spot of salesmen and prostitutes, the playground of their children, the ultimate enemy of solitude and anonimity. Imagine going to almost two hundred different countries searching for that one street (or sometimes harbour or railwaystation) that symbolizes a whole community.
The street is adventure, emotion, tension, pressure, leasure. It is food, it is drink, it is market. The street is the connection between people, their last hope for new beginnings, the mother of intimacy. Without streets we would be lost, haunting the world without directions, without points of reference. Without streets there would be no communication, no organisation, no structure. In other words: the street is everything. The street is us, is me, is you. Thinking of streets I wonder why I always took them for granted. They are actually one of man’s greatest inventions.
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
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.