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Group show: Are you close enough? Hommage to the Dutch photographer Peter Martens (over)

1 March 2008 until 29 March 2008 West Den Haag

Galerie West
Groenewegje 136
2515 LR The Hague
Netherlands (city map)

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Peter Martens devoted his life to documenting poverty, injustice and the abuse of power. He hoped that photography could be the means for promoting the more fortunate world's awareness of the other. His solidarity with those less blessed with worldly goods was reflected in his own extremely austere life style.

In the sixties he began to travel, becoming what he called a street photographer. This form of social documentation became his weapon in the struggle against the injustice in the world. He would go to a particular country, usually on his own initiative, and subsequently offer his reportages to various newspapers.

Martens preferred to photograph people in the isolation and loneliness of the urban jungle. He portrayed both material poverty and the inner emptiness of western society. Sometimes he photographed death itself, or the moment prior to death: there were no limits to his compulsive urge to show reality. Martens' photographs are indeed brutally frank, to his mind the most honest form of depiction....

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