|Notes about the documentary project ‘Marksmen's guilds' of North-Brabant’.
The first time I discovered marksmen was in summer 1974 in Eindhoven.
In February 1978 I wrote a letter to the provincial government of North-Brabant to ask for a subsidy for the this production. Then I started to collect information, and Karel Vermeeren from Eindhoven was very helpful. He introduced me to the guild's life in the small villages of North-Brabant.
Two years later, in April 1980, after a positive decision from
the government, I started. Until December of the same year I took pictures
on many locations in this province.
The first presentation of the project was June, 18, 1982, at Museum Kempenland in Eindhoven.
The order of the pictures shows the typical events on a marksman meeting. First you see the prayer in the morning and the last picture shows the presentation of the winners in the evening. The result is a very individual picture story about this phenomenon. I feel great respect about this appearance of an old tradition in North-Brabant.
The series is now a part of the collection of the North-Brabant Museum Den Bosch.
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