Ad van Denderen - Go No Go
In 1986, Ad van Denderen decided to document a critical theme through his pictures: he took photos of refugees, trying to reach western countries to flee from war, hunger and political unrest. Capturing the attempts of the refugees which were often in vain, he not only created artistic but very political documents of time. Not only the refugees are the protagonists of his pictures, as customs officers or policemen are often involved in these attempts, and not only streets and beaches are his backgrounds, but customs posts or police stations as well. The photos show the despair of the refugees as well as the hopelessness concerning their return to their home countries. The extreme risks and dangers they take upon themselves underline the importance of their escape from the troubles they come from, as they hope for a future in the new country. This title is featured in "The Photobook: A History Volume III" by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger.