Dutch Princes consists of forty five pictures taken over the course of forty five years of Dutch Carnival Princes. Each year, in the towns and cities of the South of Holland, a great honour is bestowed on a single gentleman — he is made Prince of Fools. The Prince’s main task is to be master of ceremony and temporary mayor during the Carnival period. This period is known for drinking, debauchery and delinquency. They also have a parade. Carnival, a once probably heathen fasting celebration, has been co-opted into a Catholic celebration. The tradition continues to this day.

Collected by Ewoudt Boonstra