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Montage of the world's country flags, on cover of 'Streets of the World', by Lannoo Publishers.

Streets of the World

By (author) Jeroen Swolfs
Introduction by Mark Blaisse


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  • With a preface by Mark Blaisse, author of Before They Pass Away, this book picks out one street in 200 different capitals across the 7 continents
  • By means of infographics and a short text, the street becomes a symbol for a culture, a country in its entirety
  • Seven years of travel were needed to make this book
  • With a focus on detailed street knowledge, this is the perfect gift for travellers and photography enthusiasts alike
Full Description

Two-hundred capitals; one street each; seven years of travelling and collecting photos, stories, facts and figures about each capital. This is not just another photography book. It reveals everything that a street means to society: education, wisdom, youth, experience, happiness, stories, food, and so much more. This is the raw material of life, drawn directly from the experiences of the Dutch photographer Jeroen Swolfs. Seeing the street as a unifying theme, he travelled in search of that one street in each place – sometimes by a harbour or a railway station – that comprised the country as a whole. Each stunning image conveys culture, colours, rituals, even the history of the city and country where he found them. Swolfs sees the street as a universal meeting place, a platform of crowds, a centre of news and gossip, a place of work, and a playground for children. Indeed, Swolfs’s streets are a matrix for community; his photographs are published at a time when the unique insularity of local communities everywhere has never been more under threat.

About the Author

After graduating from the Amsterdam Photo Academy, Jeroen Swolfs became a freelance photojournalist. His work, which focuses on political and social issues, includes a series about returned Serbian refugees and Roma minorities in Eastern Europe. He has photographed for National Geographic, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and many others. He has been working on Streets of the World since 2008.

Lannoo Publishers
25th Jan 2018
World excluding Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland & Scandinavia
308 mm x 250 mm
408 Pages
400 color, 250 b&w
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