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Occupation Soldier, Afghanistan

For a whole year, photographer Ad Van Denderen lived and breathed the life of Dutch soldiers.

He photographed new recruits, their training sessions and life in the barracks. Van Denderen followed the Dutch army while on mission in Afghanistan, but also photographed those left on the back lines. The mission given to the soldiers, as part as the peace keeping mission, brings about a false impression of expectancy just before the combats start raging again.

Twenty years after the reunification of Germany, the Dutch army has always been present on various theatre of conflict, which is Van Denderen subject for the twelfth edition of “Document Nederland”, the yearly photographic commission organised by the Rijksmuseum and NRC Handelsblad.

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