As part of Global Collaborations, curator Jelle Bouwhuis put together an exhibition with works from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum. How Far How Near: The World in the Stedelijk looks back at the contents and origins of the collection with an eye on works from regions beyond Europe and North America, and with a plea for greater attention to art from these regions. Photography has an important role in this exhibition. Mirjam Kooiman, as a curator in training at the Stedelijk, was closely involved in the development of the exhibition. In two short essays, she looks at the role that photography has played in our perceptions of the world beyond Europe. The second essay will follow in January.