Objective Netherlands

Changing Landscape 1974–2017

Objective Netherlands is a project initiated by Reinjan Mulder in 1974 whose aim was to show the authentic, ‘objective’ Netherlands. He developed a dogmatic method to photographically depict the country by applying a diagonal, square grid over the entirety of the Netherlands, defining 52 locations. Here, he would take four photographs—north, east, south and west—resulting in a catalogue of 208 images that represented the Dutch landscape. In 2017, the project was repeated and translated by Cleo Wächter, as she followed in the footsteps of Reinjan Mulder. The outcome is a cross-section of the Netherlands and a temporal comparison.

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