This is my Church, 20 years of electronic dance music
Pascal Vugts Arne van TerphovenThe DJ heroes of EDM have millions of fans all over the world. But all those heroes are, in turn, fans of one man: Rutger Geerling, the photographer better known as Rudgr. 'This Is My Church' shows the legend's best work, accompanied by stories from the scene's key figures. Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Hardwell, Carl Cox, W&W, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero and many, many more have been interviewed to comment on the iconic pictures. Finally, EDM gets the document it deserves. Never before has the freedom, togetherness, music, love, energy, friendship and magic of this culture been captured so brilliantly. Rudgr has been photographing parties and festivals around the globe for two decades. Throughout the years he has transformed his skill of capturing parties into works of pure art. He was there at all the defining moments: from the Dutch underground scene in the 90s to the breakthrough of trance by Tiësto and Armin van Buuren. From the success of Tomorrowland, Ultra and Sensation to the growth of EDM in the USA, and from the emergence of new gods like Martin Garrix and Hardwell to the eventual global triumph of the leading musical genre of the 21st century. Nowadays Rudgr leads the life of a superstar DJ himself; flying back and forth between Holland, South Korea, Argentina, South Africa, USA and India to name a few.