The Project

Mont Purgatoire is an extraordinary photography-project about ordinary men, voluntarily battling their own strength on the steepest slopes. Photographer Adriaan van der Ploeg (1984) portrayed these riders of the anonymous peloton with a ruthless eye for detail. Initially the series of close-ups remind of the conventional photos from the sports-section, but a closer look reveals their true content: no cycling-idols but anti-heroes, collectively seeking for a unique experience. In race-cycling literature and -photography traditionally attention goes out to large cycling races, the classics or big names of the peloton. Mont Purgatoire focuses on all the other cyclists.


Adriaan van der Ploeg (1984) was born in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and now lives in Rotterdam.. He graduated at the School of Fine Arts and Design St. Joost in Breda in 2005, and has alternated autonomous projects with commissioned work since then. Adriaan's work has been exhibited in New York, Mexico, Rotterdam, London and Zurich. Despite claims to the contrary, he has actually never been a particularly good cyclist.


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