Likewise in other countries visited by Szulc Kryzanowski. Some 80 percent of participants say it's not physical aspects that make them the most beautiful. An 11-year-old from Mexico said, "Many people are more handsome than I am, but they are they and I am me, and that is why I am the most beautiful in the world."
Szulc Krzyzanowski also visited France, Spain, Iran, Poland, Namibia and the United States. The Netherlands was not selected, because "I needed people in each country to help me find candidates. I couldn't manage to find anyone in the Netherlands. People I approached were afraid that it would cost them too much time, or were worried about expenses. Yet in the countries where I did find help, people displayed great enthusiasm and a desire to co-operate. In such circumstances it's always easy to solve any practical problems."
After this quest of many years, financed by himself, the photographer's outlook has changed profoundly. "I kept seeing people making positive choices, who made a positive choice for love to be part of their lives, and most of all, who radiated beauty. Even if their circumstances were difficult, like in the slums of São Paolo or in India, they simply made the choice to be happy. That has completely changed my own attitude."