Streets of the World

Book Description

  • With a preface by Mark Blaisse, author of Before They Pass Away, this book picks out one street in 200 different cities 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 travelers and photography enthusiasts alike

200 capitals; one street each; seven years of traveling and collecting photos, stories, facts and figures about each country. 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 traveled in search of that one street in each place - sometimes by a harbor or a railway station - that comprised the country as a whole. Each stunning image conveys culture, colors, 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 center 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 Swolfs, Jeroen

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.