Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 14 years. Rotterdam’s heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in cities abroad.
This is a great project, nothing new perhaps and in some ways a nice update on August Sander’s People of our Time, with people grouped into a much more social topography depicting our times, like an extended Thomas Ruff project… However, I really love the web interface of this project – struck by a huge sea of people, or rather groups of people where you can simply randomly click on those you want to see in more detail. Great People Watching! Be great to browse on a much bigger screen than my wee laptop…interactive exhibition display anyone?