Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom captures the universal anti-style of pedestrians around the world.
In his latest project, People of the Twenty-First Century (Phaidon, $35), the Dutch photographer shares the results of 20 years of lurking and shooting along the world’s busiest streets. The images reflect just how completely average we all are.
Heavily influenced by Sander and Ed Ruscha’s striaghtforward photographic styles, Eijkelboom has a keen eye for the banal. Since 1993, he has worked on his “photo notes”—arriving in a city, setting up on a major street, and then, within 10 to 15 minutes, choosing a recurring visual theme before shooting in the same spot for one to two hours. Once he’s done, he puts the best examples into a grid, with the place and time at the bottom of the page. This technique yielded a stream of Louis Vuitton-style murses in 2006 Paris, a pack of Canadian tuxedos (denim on denim) in 2007 Amsterdam, and an army of shirtless rollerbladers in 1997 New York.
Hans Eijkelboom: website