Loes van Duijvendijk Photography

METRO 010, Rotterdam

A graphic novel that takes you on a journey through the history and future of the city of Rotterdam.

In this richly illustrated novel, author Abdelkader Benali follows the traces to the city as it is today. The story shows that Rotterdam was not created at one time or by one person, it was created over centuries, by many. And now by you and everyone.

METRO 010 is not only a compelling historical and urban narrative, but also a call to action. The book shows in an inspiring way how you can influence the development of your own street, neighborhood and city. And therefore also on themes such as diversity, quality of life, inclusiveness, sustainability and the energy transition. It helps you get to know Rotterdam better, understand it better and make it better. Every day again.

19 illustrators, 4 city poets, 2 photographers and 4 historians contributed to the book: Boy Akkerman, Marvin Bruin, Dodici, Loes van Duijvendijk, Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Stang Gubbels, Vienne Lisa Haagoort, Edwin Hagendoorn, Mariana Hirschfeld, Han van of Horst. Benzokarim, Saskia de Klerk, Hanco Kolk, Vera de Koning, Esther Malaparte, Moze Naél, Nadia Pepels, Michelle Provoost, Egon de Regt, Sterre Richard, Sai Rodrigues, Simone Rots, Marcel Ruijters, Martijn van Santen, Rachel Sender, Gwen Stok and Elizar Veerman.

For the novel I photographed unknown places in different parts of the city. Places that make you curious, wonder and invite you to look further! 

Commissioned by Ellen Schindler, Partner | CEO at De Zwarte Hond