Fancy re-stocking your book shelves? Head to the Deventer Book Fair, Europe's biggest annual book market, this summer and you're bound to find something you like. With well over 850 stalls strewn along the banks of River Ijssel and in the historic city centre of the city, there is a guaranteed stock of thousands of books.
Renowned booksellers and antiquarians from all over the Netherlands and beyond descend on the town each year, forming a paper trail stretching for over six kilometres.
The event is characterised by quality as well as quantity and the selection varies from children's books to poetry, literature to comics, history books to tomes on arts and topography. Meanwhile, while the bookworms get stuck in, music, street theatre, arts and exhibitions distract the kids and the bored.
In 1477 Richard Pafraet printed the first book in Deventer. By the end of the 15th century the city was one of the leading printing centres of the Netherlands. It has always remained a major graphics centre, with many printers and publishers, two libraries, booksellers, antiquarians and now the huge annual fair.
This morning I got up early ( 5.30 AM) to take my bike to the Fair.
The plan was to shoot some pictures of the build up of the Fair and some of the people and the city.
Well Dude, respect, it's hard to even come close to the pictures you take of people.
Since I like B&W more then color, most of the pictures are B&W.
Since it was VERY early the light was not great.
Had nothing to do with books, but a great object for making pictures, although not my kind of bike..
A few shots of the bridge that was used in the movie ''A bridge too far''
Safely guarded by one of our city bikers...B-)
Shot these in the centre of Deventer, hard to believe....
At last time for a drink...
Hope you enjoyed the pictures.