Portraits by Celine van Balen

The Dutch photographer Celine van Balen (1965) has made a series of portraits of Muslim girls living in temporary accommodations near Amsterdam. They live here during the time that they are waiting with their families for permission from the Dutch government to become residents of The Netherlands. Unfortunately, the required decision process takes a very long time, so, these young girls grow up and develop their personalities in a very difficult and uncertain environment. It is therefore so interesting to see that the portraits reveal a high level of self-awareness and determination. These girls simply deserve a lot of respect, and it is remarkable that Celine van Balen suceeded to capture the dignity of these girls so well on film.

Celine van Balen uses classic 4x5 inch sheetfilm for her portraits. Her style is considered a good example of deadpan aesthetics.

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Photo: Celine van Balen's Muslim girls at an exhibition (Photographer unknown).

Photo: Celine van Balen's Muslim girls at an exhibition (Photographer unknown).