Does this Dutch artist's 20-year photography project prove we're all sheep?
We all like to think we have our own unique sense of style, which is why these photographs by Dutch artist and street photographer Hans Eijkelboom are so damn scary. For over 40 years Eijkelboom’s photographs have investigated the cult of the self, celebrity and the ‘man in the street’. His main artistic focus is on human identity and self-portrayal, and for the past two decades Eijkelboom has been working on a monumental photography project with the aim of showing how individuals conform to popular culture through their clothing choices, consumerism and behavior. The result? It seems that very few of us are individuals at all…
In 2003, also in Amsterdam, everyone was Rolling Stones crazy
August 2013 in Amsterdam. Pink vests were popular
2005…Uh-oh, it’s double denim
To take the pictures, Eijkelboom selected a busy pedestrian area, where he spent time observing passers-by before recognizing a common type and capturing it on camera.
Meanwhile in NYC in 1997, everyone was topless and on skates
These photographs and many more like them were taken in major cities around the world, from Paris to Shanghai, and have been published in a fascinating book called People Of The Twenty-First Century. You can order the book or find out more about Eijkelboom here.