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Het fotoboek De Politiekapel van Suriname is een van de 200 boeken die Martin Parr en Gerry Badger belangrijk vonden om bekendheid te geven in hun 'A History Volume lll. Vanwege het onderwerp, de manier waarop het verhaal wordt verteld en de benadering van het onderwerp.


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Sara Blokland

De Politiekapel van Suriname

(The Police Band of Suriname)


Suriname is the only Dutch-speaking country in South America. The former Dutch Guiana, it lies between French Guiana and Guyana on the continent's northeast coast, and gained full independence in 1975. If the country's police band seems an unlikely subject for a photobook, it s only because outsiders do not appreciate the social and political place of the band in the fabric of Surinamese society. It provides music for both official state and private events, and is considered an important part of the cultural scene in a country that so recently attained an independent sense of identity.
The book can be considered 'the book of the film' of the same name by Afra Jonker, yet it is very much a separate creation by photographer and artist Sara Blokland and designer Willem van Zoetendaal. Like many contemporary photobooks, it is a multi-medi production, in that Blokland's photographs of the band are combined with historical photographs taken from their archive. These are combined with her comprehensive documentation of the current band, which begins with formal portraits of all thirty two members, followed by images of the band playing or in rehearsal, and then details of their instruments, uniforms and insigna, shot in a looser style. Indeed, the book displays three or four styles or genres playing off each other in a typically Dutch manner, akin say, to the Bart Sorgedrager company book featured in Volume II, Mensenstroom (People and Electricity, see Volume ll, page 102).

This in fact might be the Police Band's 'company book', and Van Zoetendaal employs Dutch company book techniques using blocks of almost full-page pictures along with many smaller images in grids that not only enliven the book but almost catch visually the rythm of music.