Catrien Ariëns

Documentary photography and video

©2013 Catrien Ariëns • Design UD

Best Traditions


1986 - 1992

My own project about the Upper Class in the Netherlands (with a few photographs from Belgium), showing their traditional culture and their particular and special rituals, social behaviors that are passed on to next generations.

People are often the more easy to understand and portray when they are seen in their own environment and within their own social group. I was guided by my personal preferences and by the limited opportunities

These photographs were published in a book, In de beste tradities, by Thomas Rap and were shown in the Comeniusmuseum during the Fotofestival Naarden. The book won the first Kees Scherer Prize for the best photobook in the Netherlands in 1991-1992.

A Dutch wedding in Brussels (B)

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