Fascinating Photos Reveal the Secrets of the Common Kitchen

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Call it healthy curiosity or pathological nosiness, but the moment we step into someone else’s home, all we ever want to do is explore. And while it’s socially acceptable to steal glances at our friends’ and neighbors’ bookshelves or record collections, we can’t deny that, given the opportunity, we’d peruse more than just what’s in plain sight. So, naturally we’re drawn to Dutch photographer Erik Klein Wolterink’s Keukens, a set of photo collages that reveals what’s behind the closed cabinet and pantry doors of a rainbow of cultural kitchens, from families of North African origin to Jews to students to the artist’s own pots and pans. See a selection of our favorite shots from the series, which we discovered via iGNANT, after the jump, then visit Wolterink‘s website for more.

Erik Klein Wolterink, Nederlands-Amsterdamse keuken (Amsterdam-Dutch kitchen), 2008

Erik Klein Wolterink, Pakistaans-Amsterdamse keuken (Amsterdam-Pakistani kitchen), 2009

Erik Klein Wolterink, Nederlands-Amsterdamse studentenkeuken (Amsterdam-Dutch student kitchen), 2008

Erik Klein Wolterink, Joods-Amsterdamse keuken, deel 1 (Amsterdam-Jewish kitchen, part 1), 2009

Erik Klein Wolterink, Turks-Amsterdamse keuken (Amsterdam-Turkish kitchen), 2009

Erik Klein Wolterink, Surinaams-Amsterdamse keuken (Amsterdam-Surinese kitchen), 2009

Erik Klein Wolterink, Amsterdamse vluchtelingenkeuken (Amsterdam refugees kitchen), 2008

Erik Klein Wolterink, Mijn keuken (My kitchen), 2007

Erik Klein Wolterink, Marokkaans-Amsterdamse keuken (Amsterdam-Moroccan kitchen), 2009

Erik Klein Wolterink, Buurkeuken (Neighboring kitchen), 2007