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Useful Photography #004
Erik Kessels

Useful Photography #004

Hans Aarsman, Claudie de Cleen, Julian Germain, Erik Kessels and Hans van der Meer
Arabic and English


80 pages
210 x 270 mm
ISBN 9789075380965


Posters of Palestinian suicide bombers before their mission are put up after their mission is accomplished. Documentation of the posters, reprinted in A3 format on mat paper. Folded in half and bound by cotton form the entire content of this ‘docartzine’. The centre fold printed on white paper references and translates each poster.

About the Artist 
Ad van Denderen (1943) is interested in the ways people shape their daily lives under extraordinary circumstances. He is a socially engaged photographer who works within a broad political and social context. He regularly returns to places he has photographed in the past in order to document developments. Van Denderen trained in the 1960s at the Graphic Arts School in Utrecht, where his teacher Ata Kandó introduced him to photography. One of his most lauded projects is GoNoGo (2003), for which he spent fifteen years photographing immigrants, refugees and ‘illegals’ seeking a better life in Europe. Other long-term projects include So Blue So Blue (2003–2007), on life in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and Welkom in Suid-Afrika (1990–1991/2004/2017–2018). In order to be able to operate independently, Ad van Denderen has always worked as a freelance photographer. His clients have included Vrij NederlandDe Groene Amsterdammer and The Independent. In 2007 he was awarded the Fonds BKVB (Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) oeuvre prize.

About the Contributors

Aarsman was born in 1951 in Amsterdam. He started his career as a photojournalist for the Dutch newspaper Trouw. In 1989 he published the book Hollandse Taferelen which consisted of landscapes photographed from the roof of a camper which he pulled through the Netherlands for a year. In 1990–1991 he finished a photo series of East German states.

Claudie de Cleen (the Netherlands 1968) works as an editorial illustrator and for commercial and autonomous projects since 2000. Texts and concepts are translated as clearly as possible, in idea as well as in finish, into image. Often shows life’s absurdity, with humor and compassion for the subject.

Julian Germain (London, 1962) became interested in photography at school. He went on to study it at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham and the Royal College of Art in London. He has published several books, including In Soccer Wonderland (1994) and The Face of the Century (1999). His first book, Steel Works (1990), utilised a combination of his own photographs alongside historical images and pictures from various sources including family albums to examine the effects of the closure of Consett steelworks as well as broader issues of post industrialisation.

Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with great interest in photography. Erik Kessels is since 1996 Creative Partner of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and works for national and international clients.

Van der Meer was born in Leimuiden, the Netherlands in 1955. He studied photography at the MTS School for Photography; he then attended the National Academy for Visual Arts in Amsterdam, graduating in 1986. His work has been shown in galleries and institutions across the Netherlands, as well as in cities such as Frankfurt, Milan, and Beijing.  In his work he captures the rush of athletic competition, city life, and even the sweeping landscapes of the American West in his quiet, charged photographs.

About the Publisher
KesselsKramer is a company which aspires to do things differently in the field of communications. KesselsKramer Publishing is an extension of this restless attitude. In images and words, it finds new ways of expressing creativity through printed matter.

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