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Ria van Dijk,
Tilburg, 1996

photographs collected & edited by
Erik Kessels and Joep Eljkens
© KesselsKramer Publishing

I don’t know anything about Ria van Dijk.
It is told about her, that she never married and had no children.
It is told about her, that she was a pharmacist and that she stopped shooting during the years between the years of 1939 to 1945.

She must have been in love at least at once.
What happened to hear family, her parents?
Did she have any sisters and brothers?
Nothing about her life.

Nothing but a fairground shooting gallery.

Year after year she seems to stay amazingly the same, same coat, at least the same style of coat through all those years, always wearing a coat, the same glasses, same haircut, same position shooting the picture, only minimal changes throughout the years.

That I find really disquieting.