Why We Play
- A spectacular book of photographs of sports and games, rituals and traditions
- Netflix will broadcast a six-part series accompanying the book, narrated by the well-known actor Idris Elba
- Little-known sports from around the world are introduced to a broader public for the first time
“By taking a look at themes which span the globe, such as ancient rituals, rites of passage, business, pain, perfection and sacredness, this is a book which manages to encompass what it is to be human.” — Amateur Photographer
“Astounding” – Aesthetica Magazine
“A visual extravaganza” – New York Times
Why do we play games? That is the question Belgian photographer Hannelore Vandenbussche decided to explore, traveling to numerous countries to roam the world of sports, passion, athletic competition, transition, and emancipation. The athletes she portrays keep old traditions alive or carve out new territory, perform rituals, and celebrate with boisterous parties centered around their games.
Meet Buzkashi players astride their horses in Central Asia, Donga stick fighters in Ethiopia, Tarahumara runners in Mexico, big wave surfers in Nazaré,and many other athletes in these unusual sports. These unique photographs capture athletes from both indigenous cultures in remote parts of the globe and from familiar, Western cultures. They poignantly convey how old traditions are kept alive and new ones are carved out, how rites of passage, ritual, and celebration are all part of the culture of play.
Human Playground showcases a hugely diverse range of sports from places as far-flung as Mongolia and Madagascar, from jockeys in Dubai to land divers in Vanuatu. This extraordinary book of photographs is dedicated to a subject that is being presented in an entirely new way.
- teNeues Books
- 12th Oct 2022
- USA & Canada
- 9.84 in x 12.6 in
- 288 Pages
- 220 color