Ad van Denderen GO NO GO
Go No Go

Thirty years ago, while shooting a story in eastern Turkey, photographer Ad van Denderen saw a brand new phenomenon: the start of today's massive migration.
Until then the world's poorest and most persecuted had fled to neighbouring countries when disaster struck. There they waited in refugee camps until they could go back home.
But in 1986, Van Denderen saw hostels full of young men who had absolutely no intention of going back. Their horizon was totally different. The immigrants wanted a better life and were on their way to Europe.

In Go No Go Van Denderen leads us along the edges of Europe where immigrants try to reach the West along smugglers’ paths, with varying success. He takes us to the police stations and refugee centres where, surrounded by their massive files, investigators try to determine the identities of the refugees. He shows us how men kill time in hostels until a band of smugglers can get them over the umpteenth border. He follows the refugees right up to the barbed wire by the rail tunnel at Calais, where they cut their way through and continue until they are confronted with the next fence laced with barbed wire.

publication: Go No Go

North African immigrants, Punta Paloma, Spain, 2001
Immigrants put ashore by Moroccan smugglers, Punta Paloma, Spain, 2001
Punta Paloma, Spain, 2001
Moroccan immigrants in the dunes, Punta Paloma, Spain, 2001
Kurd from Iraq, Athens, Greece, 1998
Immigrants marking their place for a meal by the Greek Orthodox Church, Athens, Greece, 1998
Germans in front of an asylumcenter, Quedlinburg, 1992
Kurdish and Afghan refugees at the Red Cross reception center, Sangatte, France, 2002
Red Cross reception center, Sangatte, France, 2002
X-ray from a sycoscan reveal the presence of immigrants, Calais, France, 2000
Prostitute near Naples, Italy, 1999
Albanian agricultural workers in a guesthouse, Casaluce, Italy, 1999
Turks in a guesthouse, Winterslag, Belgium, 1988