Vreugdevuur Scheveningen
Romke Hoogwaerts, 2018

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For the last two years, Romke Hoogwaerts has been developing the photobook and film of a story that takes place on the beaches of the The Hague, Holland, where every New Year’s Eve, two neighborhoods build rivaling bonfires.

After the Second World War, The Hague was a city of skirmishes every year over collections of discarded Christmas trees to burn on the night of the year's passing; often, the violence on the streets leading up to every New Year's Eve would get out of hand. With the blessing of the local authorities, the violence slowly evolved into a battle between Scheveningen and Duindorp, two coastal neighborhoods separated by a harbor, to see who could build the biggest bonfire.

These days, they are the biggest in the world.

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AUTHOR: Romke Hoogwaerts
TITLE: Vreugdevuur Scheveningen
ISBN: 978-0-9985180-1-5
160 Pages, 84 duotone plates
210x254x18mm, 760 grams
EDITION: 500; First edition, first printing

Romke Hoogwaerts was born to Dutch parents in Atlanta in 1990 and raised in Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Singapore and Vietnam before moving to New York City, where he received a degree in Visual & Critical Studies from SVA (2013). He has independently published several photography books, mostly for his former project, Mossless. For that project and for a variety of other publications, he has written about and interviewed hundreds of photographers. Vreugdevuur Scheveningen is his first major project as an independent photographer.