The Europeans: Our Ancestral Home Special Edition (2022)

By purchasing this Special Edition, you are making an important contribution to the ideology of The Europeans. Thanks to your support, the retail price of the regular edition is only €9.50 and our work remains accessible to a wide audience.

Since the first publication of The Europeans (The Former Capital), we offer the possibility to adopt a region for 120 euros. If you do so before the printing deadline (22 MAY 2022), we will include your name in the colophon of the Special Edition and send you one copy free of charge as a thank you. Afterwards, this unique hardcover edition in a print-run of 120 copies plus print in the same size will remain available as long as stocks last.

The Europeans is a portrait of modern Europe. Traveling from region to region and from theme to theme in this multi-year project, photographer Rob Hornstra and writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen will create a 21st century time piece on the European Heartland. Hornstra and van Bruggen see Europe on the eve of drastic change. Populism and authoritarianism are on the rise, ghosts from the past seem to return.

The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson published his book ‘Les Européens’ in 1955. He looked beyond nationalism or local customs in the individual countries. He sought evidence for a greater identity, a European parable shared by the people and the landscape. More than sixty years later, Hornstra and van Bruggen share this ambition. It’s time to come up with a new version of The Europeans.

“They have just started and it will probably take years, but the result will undoubtedly compete with the classic The Americans, in which Robert Frank painted a portrait of post-war America in 1958.”
—Het Parool, 2019

This Special Edition is available in four variants: The Elite, The Boilermaker, The Centaur and The Küküllero. Each variant comes with a photograph in the size of the publication. The same photograph is also displayed on the front of the cover. You don’t have to choose now. After you have purchased the Special Edition, we will contact you about your preferred version.


Publisher: The Europeans
Design: Kummer & Herrman
Hardcover: 112 pp
Dimensions: 175 x 219 mm (6.9 x 8.6 in.)
Archival print: 170 x 210 mm (6.7 x 8.4 in.)
Language: English / French
Print run: 120 copies (numbered)
Price: € 120.00

Item Price Qty Total
Total () € 127.20