Chapter 1: The Former Capital

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 will probably take years to complete, but the result will undoubtedly be able to compete with the classic The Americans from 1958, in which Robert Frank painted a portrait of post-war America.”
—Het Parool, September 2019


By adopting a region for €120 you will receive the special region-pack, consisting of a signed, limited edition of the regional publication including the same size print and a local high light on your doormat. Your name will also be mentioned in the publication.

‘Chapter 1: The Former Capital’ is produced in collaboration with the Kaunas Photography Gallery. Expected launch of the publication is in April 2020.

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