“When the war started we were sixteen boys defending the village, but after four years only four of us were left alive,” remembers Ho Cu Chanh, a veteran of the Vietnam War. The aged veteran is one of 29 others photographed and quoted in Dutch photographer Ruben Hamelink’s debut book. In Vietnamese Veterans, the young photographer traveled around Vietnam with an Italian anthropologist seeking out past fighters. Vietnam has fought a war with four countries over the past century: America, China, Cambodia and France.
For the last few years, Amsterdam-based street photographer Caspar Claasen has been documenting the different sides of solitude, exploring the camera’s ability to isolate and express private moments of detachment experienced by subjects both young and old, human and nonhuman.