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CHRIS THE BODE | Tour du Monde

02/09/2020 - 30/09/2020 @ Online expositie

Unlike other years due to Covid, the Tour de France started again against all expectations last weekend. Every day, the cyclists are watched as they tried to outdo each other during this world-famous race.

The Tour started in 1903 and is one of the largest wheel races in the world. One of the most memorable moments was in 2000 when American Lance Armstrong let Italian Marco Pantani cross the line. Chris de Bode witnessed this moment. His photo, one of domination and oppression, became a World Press Photo. De Bode made an international name with it. Chris de Bode works as a documentary photographer and works for various aid organizations. He made reports for Doctors without Borders, the Refugee Foundation, Greenpeace and National Geographic Magazine. Through his work he visits places in the world where the average tourist does not go, but also does not skip the well-visited places. De Bode has an eye for things that the average traveler does not see. Not only because he is a photographer, but also because he is involved in what is going on in the world. The way he beats cycling rounds shows that. After the Tour du France, De Bode will travel with smaller cycling tours elsewhere in the world. Rounds where riders without names cause a furore. In 2008 Chris de Bode published the book Tour du Monde. This book contains photos that De Bode took of the cycling tour of the same name, in which a route is ridden that crosses several countries. The Tour du Monde takes us past Colombia, Cuba, Senegal, Eritrea, Qatar and Hainan. During this tour, De Bode did not aim his camera at the finish, the leading group or the peloton, but mainly at the spectators at the side of the road and at the surroundings of the course. The result is colorful photos in which the importance of cycling for the country and its spectators is central. The cyclists are always prominent, but have a supporting role. De Herald is more interested in the spectator, the person who works for the tour or the person who goes on with his daily life, while the cyclists fight each other. De Bode's report shows that a cycling race can be an important moment of togetherness, entertainment and fun. However, often our Western paraphernalia and customs can also be found and our invited European heroes look out of place elsewhere. 'Sport brings together', it is said, but sport divides just as much. It is not unknown to us that sport is also the game of prestige, of hierarchy and power, of money and politics. But De Bode portrays it in a rather unusual way. When you look at his photos, you suddenly realize that the moment the peloton races past, you never really think about that other side of sport. You have been warned! Once you have seen the Tour du Monde, you will now look at the Tour de France differently.