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Photographer Gabriele Galimberti Couch Surfs Around the World and Takes Portraits of His Hosts

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Olena, Kiev, Ukraine

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Lamine, Guediawaye, Senegal

With a flourishing network of over 6 million members, CouchSurfing is able to connect world travelers with hosts from around the world. Through this organization, which is active in over 100,000 cities globally, diverse groups of people are able to share experiences and learn from one another in ways previously unimaginable. By prohibiting the exchange of money between guests and hosts, CouchSurfing is able to foster a community founded on kindness and curiosity. CouchSurfers may live in one another’s homes for long periods of time, or they might choose just to have a single visit over coffee.

Having himself hosted dozens of travelers in his Tuscan home, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti catalogs the stories of 100 couchsurfers. His impressive series Couchsurfing captures one-of-a-kind friendships forged across geographical and cultural boundaries, imagining a utopian community where goods and shelter are exchanged freely and generously. Staying everywhere from five star hotels to ten square meter room housing a three-generation families, Galimberti has couchsurfed in five continents. In his travels, he has forged lifelong bonds with people of varied backgrounds, including nudists from the Ukraine, an ex-mormon from Utah, and a sailing biologist in the Norwegian navy.

Galimberti’s book Toy Stories, a collection of images of children from around the globe and their favorite toys, is available now, published by Abrams. His new book In Her Kitchen, published by Clarkson Potter, will be available in November. Galimberti is represented by INSTITUTE.

All images © Gabriele Galimberti/INSTITUTE

Gabriele_Galimberti_20Tom and Jane, Bangkok, Thailand

Gabriele_Galimberti_16Paola Agnelli and Roberto Galimberti, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Gabriele_Galimberti_19Alex the Great, The band, London (UK)

Gabriele_Galimberti_12Maria Armas, Nopaltepec, Mexico

Gabriele_Galimberti_03Buckley Barratt, American Fork, Utah

Gabriele_Galimberti_21Wako Wondimu, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Gabriele_Galimberti_02Berglind Gunnarsdòttir, Reykjavik, Iceland

Gabriele_Galimberti_01Bai Yongliang, Xi’an, China

Gabriele_Galiberti_18Ratu Saverio Selio Ralulu Nasila, Namaka, Viti Levu, The Fiji Islands

Gabriele_Galimberti_17Alfie Tinaya, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Gabriele_Galimberti_11Mai and Box, Bangkok, Thailand

Gabriele_Galimberti_13Mohammed and Mossi, Dar el Salaam, Tanzania

Gabriele_Galimberti_14Natacha Marseille, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Gabriele_Galimberti_10Leticia Massula, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Gabriele_Galimberti_08Kenias Hichaaba, Maun, Botswana

Gabriele_Galimberti_06Faisel Nizam, Dubai, UAE

Gabriele_Galimberti_04Eleina Priede, Kekava, Latvia

Gabriele_Galimberti_07Andreas Backer Heide, Bergen, Norway

Gabriele_Galimberti_05Erlend Oye, Bergen, Norway

  • aufeuer

    Hey, it’s the guy from Kings of Convenience. :)