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“Whilst photographing Dingemans is searching for her own position on the subject and takes us with her on this journey. Her viewpoint is close-up and loving however not without irony. The series is filled with the clumsiness of our daily lives and confronts us with our own discomforts.” Jury report Zilveren Camera Paul Peters Fotoprijs 

Documentary photographer Mariet Dingemans (1971) is fascinated by the way people form groups and communities. She often follows these social bonds with her camera, in both still and moving image, for extended periods. With the eye of an anthropologist Dingemans searches for a system and for coherence in the outward appearance of a group; for codes and rituals that embody the identity of the group and at the same time divulge the individual’s place within it. She looks at how people, through clothes, food, furniture, ways of moving and speaking, norms, customs, and rituals, display their desire to belong together and simultaneously differentiate themselves from others. By focusing on elementary tasks and activities, she reveals types of people who sometimes appear eccentric while remaining readily recognisable. Dingemans’ photography is about the individual’s need to belong to a group and the group’s need to differentiate itself from the outside world. About the tension between bonding and autonomy.

Mariet Dingemans works on long term documentary projects and does commissioned work for various clients like Dutch newspaper Het Parool.

March 2023: shortlist Kassel Dummy Award ’23
May 2021: nomination DuPho SO Student Award 
February 2021: second prize Zilveren Camera Paul Peters Fotoprijs 
February 2020: winner Olympic Young Talent Award
January 2020: nomination de Beeldmakers, initiated by het Parool & Vandejong Creative agency

December 2023: expo BLIK, graduation show Fotoacademie (graduated with Distinction)
July 2021: Group show Zilveren Camera, Museum Hilversum
August 2021: Group show DuPho SO Award abri campaign

March 2023: various publications in Parool en PS Het Parool
February 2021: Haarlems Dagblad – Kappers in lockdown
January 2021: Kiekie Tabloid no 31 – Interview + The park with the artificial lake
August 2020: De Volkskrant – Uitgelicht: Aards paradijsje met zelfpluktuin
April 2020: Mister Motley – Het hokje van de bewaker – Zinnebeeld van de quarantaine

2018 – 2022 Fotoacademie Amsterdam, graduated with Distinction
1992 – 1996 Cultural Anthropology University of Amsterdam (UVA)