In 1997 I graduated from the photography department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. I worked as an intern for “ Het Parool” a Dutch daily newspaper and for Susan Meiselas from the Magnum photo agency in New York.

After that period I started working as a documentary photographer. My focus is on social issue’s. Stories on extremely premature born babies and their family or about Ayman a 13 year old boy who became blind on one eye due to fireworks at New Years eve, both stories made in Amsterdam, the Netherlands But also on living with HIV in Zimbabwe, the struggle of a Senegalese fishing community now that there is a decline of fish in the sea’s or the situation of the Roma community in Slovakia and Rumania. From 2010 I started becoming interested in combining audio with photography creating photo-films. Together with Laurens Nijzink ( audio) I made ‘Bright Brass’ a multimedia story on a Brass Band consisting out of former streetchildren in Kinshasa, Congo DRC. I was impressed on the positive impact music had on these children and this story inspired me to travel to Kabul, Afghanistan to make a story on an all girls orchestra called Zohra. This story resulted in a written piece and photography.

 

My work is published in De Groene Amsterdammer (print and online), NRC Handelsblad (print and online), Vrij Nederland, The guardian (online) ZAM (Africa Magazine), XXI (online), NPR ( National Public Radio) and De Correspondent

 

Next to working as a freelance photographer I also work as parttime, freelance picture editor for De Groene Amsterdammer, VPRO gids and MSF (Médecins sans Frontières)

 

I am connected to photo agent De Beeldunie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands