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Every year Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and the Rijksmuseum invite a photographer to record a specific part of Dutch culture.

Huwelijksfeest, Morad Bouchakour, 2002 © Morad Bouchakour

This time Morad Bouchakour was commissioned to discover, capture and record party culture at present times in the Netherlands. During the past year he visited over 84 parties, ranging from mega raves, jet-set get togethers to small home parties.

Feyenoord Supporter after his Club Wins the EUFA Cup, Morad Bouchakour, 2002 © Morad Bouchakour

Morad is not just any photographer. In his images he captures and freezes those often unnoticed moments in everyday life. His subjects always remain warm and human, quite often even with a little gloss or glamour if you will. In his party series he has entered the lives of the Dutch and those living in Holland.

Bal Masqué, Morad Bouchakour, 2002 © Morad Bouchakour

He subtly records intimate yet very expressive moments from people of all cultures and ranks. All in search of answers to the following questions; are parties fun, has commercialism taken over, do Moroccan kids buy Easter eggs, do kids still do their magic tricks at granny’s 80th birthday and so on. And ultimately what is the current state of affairs when it comes to having a party of any sort.

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