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Otto Snoek’s New Europe

Getting close to the action is a pre-requisite for most street photographers, and for Dutchman Otto Snoek, immersing himself in the crowd is at the heart of his approach, writes Gemma Padley. Trying to work out what makes people tick, he spent years photographing his fellow citizens shopping and partying together, focusing on the people of his home town, Rotterdam, the self-styled ‘Gateway of Europe’, before turning his attention to the wider continent. “Eight years ago, when I got my new passport, the first line on the cover read, ‘Citizen of the European Community’, and that fuelled my curiosity,” explains the 48-year-old. “I know who my fellow Dutchmen are, but who are my fellow citizens? I decided the only way to find out about this continent we call Europe was to take a look myself.” Snoek has since travelled to countries from Iceland to Greece, seeking out differing national characteristics through the mass rituals that reveal a nation’s sense of self-identity. Often photographing during festivals or marches or football matches, he has captured people from …


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