From the press release of the exhibition Eastward Bound in The Hague Museum for Photography in the Netherlands:
'If there’s one thing that distinguishes the photography of Marco van Duyvendijk, it is its flamboyant use of colour. Eastern Europe drab and grey? The empty steppes of Mongolia bare and colourless? Not seen through Van Duyvendijk’s viewfinder! The photographer takes us eastward with him on his travels to record an unexpected world: the war-torn landscape of Nagorno-Karabakh, fascinating towns and cities in China, but above all the souls of the countries he visits, expressed in his portraits of faces in which ancient worlds confront the modern era.
Marco van Duyvendijk is a ‘slow’ photographer, preferring to work on a series for months and sometimes years. Even so, over the past decade he has produced enough work for a retrospective, demonstrating an impressive start to a career. Colour is a key feature of Marco van Duyvendijk – Eastward Bound. He does not confine himself to any single genre, alternating travel and documentary photography with portraits. But his work always shows the control and care that are the marks of an empathetic and intelligent photographer giving his subjects the time they deserve.'
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