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Slouching policemen

9 September 2007 - An exhibition at Foam shows photos by Hans Eijkelboom, featuring people in Paris, New York and Shanghai who have something in common. These cities are becoming increasingly similar, he holds. So how do they compare to Amsterdam?

Eijkelboom catches people wearing similar Louis Vuitton bags, similar camouflage prints, or similar striped polo shirts. At the Foam exhibition, photos from Paris, New York and Shanghai are shown together, revealing both similarities and differences.

The photos are fascinating to look at. They also make one wonder whether photos from Amsterdam would have looked different.

For example, policemen in Amsterdam have a reputation for being ‘cute and cuddly’. While one might not use those exact words to describe their colleagues shot by Eijkelboom, these do look far from threatening, slouching in their ill-fitting jackets. It would probably not have been difficult to take photos of similar-looking policemen in Amsterdam.

Not everything is the same, though. For example, compare Eijkelboom’s photos of New York bike messengers to the photos taken by a visitor who spent 73 minutes at the Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt - marvelling at cyclists wearing suits and skirts, transporting children not wearing helmets (‘either the people in Netherlands do not value the safety of their children, or San Francisco bicyclists are clumsy pansies’), and text messaging while crossing busy intersections.

Photo: Hans Eijkelboom. Foam exhibition, bicycle photos at the Nieuwmarkt


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