Amsterdam, Netherlands

Established in 1670, Café Hoppe is a traditional « brown café » in Amsterdam. The name « brown cafés » comes from their dark wooden interiors and the nicotine-stained walls and ceilings. There is always a fresh layer of sand on the floor and a few interesting characters to watch. November 2007. Fondé en 1670, le Café Hoppe est…

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

You often read that one or two million of people from Rio go down to the beach on week-ends. This seems hard to believe. But once you reach the beach in Ipanema and see the mix of wealthy Cariocas and inhabitants of the favelas, you realize the figures could be true. February 2006. On lit…

Xochicalco, Mexico

The Pre-Colombian city of Xochicalco was destroyed in the 9th century. However, descendants of the Mayans still celebrate nowadays ceremonies at the temple of the Feathered Snake. August 2007. La ville précolombienne de Xochicalco a été détruite au IXème siècle. Cependant, les descendants des Mayas célèbrent encore de nos jours des cérémonies au temple du…

Beijing, China

Modernity takes over the city of Beijing. Only the Forbidden City, Mao’s giant portrait and the guard have remained timeless. December 2004. La modernité s’empare de la ville de Pékin. Seuls la Cité Interdite, le portrait géant de Mao et le garde restent hors du temps. Décembre 2004.

Veneta, Oregon

When I took this picture at the Oregon country fair in 1989, hippies had been history for quite some time on the West coast. The fair still runs strong today as an outgrowth of counter-culture movements. July 1989. Quand j’ai pris cette photo à « l’Oregon country fair » en 1989, les hippies avaient disparu depuis des…

Bruges, Belgium

The Middle-Age béguinages host communities of pious women, nuns or laywomen, who are self-ruled. The elderly beguines in Bruges are known for their talents as lacemakers. September 1992. Les béguinages médiévaux abritent des communautés de femmes pieuses, à la fois religieuses et laïques, qui vivent en autonomie. Les béguines âgées de Bruges sont connues pour…