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H.Veenman & Zonen - 1999

The question is: Why is the debate about the meaning of images sometimes so stupefyingly vague? Two citations: ‘We try to describe what they (images) do to us, however, most of the time it results in a lot of stammering and stuttering. And then, driven to desperation, we quickly ask the photographer, or the painter, why he or she has made the object in question, what sort of paper, paint, aperture they have used, and what the purpose is of it all’.
‘When I look at Voeten’s photographs, sometimes for a long time and often with a undefinable feeling full of compassion, respect and an inkling of insight into human existence, I feel, despite their sombre content, a certain satisfaction about these photos: ‘because they’re there”.

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