Valerio Vincenzo (b. 1973, Italy) photographed landscapes along the borders between European countries at peace (including the non-Schengen states). Before, between 2007 and 2016, he already covered the Schengen area, which amounts to 16.500 kilometres.
These frontiers – made manifest by an electric fence, a river, a milestone and so on – signify a division between national territories. But, thanks to the Schengen Agreement (1985), the borders between 22 member states are no longer actively monitored via checkpoints – by-now archaic border control stations as systematically documented by Josef Schulz (b. 1966, Germany), who made a similar journey through the European continent.
Between the 1960s and ’80s, the expansion of cheaper air travel sparked the holiday package boom to European “sun, sea and sangria” destinations such as Benidorm and Torremolinos. It was also a golden age of travel that began to place the delights of luxury hotspots on the French Riviera and Italy’s Amalfi Coast – previously the preserve of the rich and famous – within reach. These destinations were made to appear even more glamorous through advertising images in travel magazines and pictures on postcards. But how authentic are such locations, really?