Although he was born and raised in Rotterdam, a traditional working-class port city, Otto Snoek (1966, The Netherlands) ended up feeling alienated in his hometown. He never actually left, but nevertheless started to develop the Baudelairean attitude of a flaneur. The rather turbulent local developments in Rotterdam echo in his encounters with people in other European metropolitan areas. Surveying the border between social criticism and compassion, Snoek keeps trying to make visible the ambivalent relationship between the promise and the disillusion of our contemporary, European way of urban life wherever his camera takes him.
In the past years we extensively covered Otto's photography. All his previous GUP publications can be found here.