Ad van Denderen (NL 1943) is one of the leading Dutch photographers. Since 1965 he has become well-known for numerous reportages that he made abroad for magazines like Avenue, Geo, Stern, The Independent, NRC Handelsblad and Vrij Nederland. Unlike many photo journalists, Van Denderen is less interested in that one, unique news picture. With a slower, more contemplative way of working he attaches to a movement that is known internationally as 'slow journalism'.
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Van Denderen’s work has so far been exhibited in various museums (amongst others in the Dutch Photo Museum, FOAM, the Royal Tropical Institute, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Photo Museum Winterthur and the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle). In recognition of his achievements in the field of photo journalism, in 2008 Van Denderen received the prestigious oeuvre award of the Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB), in 2002 the Dick Scherpenzeel Award and in 2001 the Visa d'Or award. Recently he got into the list of Top 100 Dutch artists of the magazine Elsevier in thirtieth place.
* Slow journalism is a form of journalistic research that is based on a long term commitment to the subject. Slow journalism focuses on backgrounds and intensification instead of the immediate news that mass media is only interested in, as it seems.