Introduction to GUP #9 - Rotterdam


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Rotterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands, industrial city, major port. Melting pot of cultures, social injustice and crime, but also a city of creativity, innovation and progress. All this makes Rotterdam a city with a wealth of material for photography. And the city on the Maas river knows it. From Hofplein to Kuip, from the port to the station, from the Euromast to the Van Nelle factory, and soon from the Witte de Withstraat to the Kop van Zuid as well. You'll notice that the photography often revolves around ordinary people and life on the street. No frills. Just direct and simple. The images, the work methods and the photographers themselves are almost a metaphor for this only metropolis of international stature in the Netherlands. You either love it or you don't care for it at all.


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