A fantastic outdoor photo exhibition will be held on the Lange Vijverberg from 6 to 20 June with 20 beautiful street photos from Asia captured by Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Swolfs.
Jeroen Swolfs (The Hague, 1974) is realising a long-held ambition. The photojournalist is visiting all the world’s 203 capital cities over a course of five years. In every city, he takes photos of everyday street life, to give a picture of contemporary humanity.
He first got the idea as a student. During a night out, he looked down at the paving stones and wondered what the streets looked like in other countries. After eight years of planning and finding sponsors, Mr Swolfs started his journey in mid-2009.
Since then, he has visited around 60 countries. In May his first book Streets of The World was published, with photos from Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, Africa and South America.
The ‘Streets of the World’ exhibition in The Hague is a selection of 20 of the images from Asia. Each big print is 2.5 metres wide and is mounted onto poles along the Lange Vijverberg. It’s a selection of 20 very different images, showing the contrasts and similarities of life in each city.
Are people in the streets of Pyongyang, Beirut or Funafuti really so different from us, or are there more similarities than differences? How are these cities developing, and will they look the same in 10 years’ time or will they have changed beyond recognition? These are the questions that Jeroen Swolfs is trying to answer through his photography project.