For NGO Habitat for Humanity and in partnership with the Amsterdam-based media production house Makmende, I created two videos in Malawi. During a construction trip in a small village near Mulanje, two Dutch influencers helped a Malawian crew with the construction of a new home for Mary, who is suffering from Aids. I followed and interviewed Carlos Platier Luna and Chloë Sterk on-site. To read more about the ‘Homecoming’ campaign of Habitat for Humanity, check out their website, which boasts some of my photographs from Mulanje.
New Amref work
Created in Southern Uganda
I recently spend a week in Southern Uganda, where I visited several remote health facilities, interviewed many stakeholders about a successful advocacy program and took a new series of portraits of Community Health Workers for the Dear Minister campaign. All texts, videos and images are commissioned by Amref Health Africa and their Dutch counterpart Amref Flying Doctors.
To see more photos I took for Amref, check out this link! You can read more about the Dear Minister campaign and listen to the interviews I have recorded on the Dear Minister website. To see some behind-the-scenes footage, watch my pinned Instagram Story!
Coming weekend, the Amsterdam flagship store of MENDO will highlight all the 33 photography books that MENDO has initiated and created through the years. From 2016 onwards, I have been on board as their (freelance) Editorial Coordinator, working on 11 of the books that were published since. In this blog post, you can find all the photo books that boast my name in the colophon:
Starring Amsterdam. Created all texts and links to online documentation;
Depart. All texts, including introduction and interviews. Also includes a chapter with pictures I took in Jordan, Palestine and Israel;
Carli Hermès. Interviews with Narda van ‘t Veer and Fokke de Jong;
The Workshop. Editorial Coordination and redirecting;
Living in Style Amsterdam. Editorial Coordination and texts;
Sportret. Editorial Coordination and texts;
This is Not a F*cking Street Style Book. Editorial Coordination and redirecting;
Martin Garrix: Life = Crazy. Interviews with Martin Garrix’s team members, managers, parents and friends;
If you’d like to find out more about the books that I have worked on, including some non-MENDO books, you can check out the Books tab of this website. If you’d like to have a look at all of the above books, make sure to drop by MENDO’s 11 Berenstraat store between 17 and 19 May.
For the Dutch agricultural LAN network of the Embassy of The Netherlands in Kenya, I took pictures of Kenyan-Dutch farmer Talash, who is breeding maggots on her Limuru farm. The pictures of her and her company called Insectipro will be featured in a book that focuses on the 100 year jubilee of the Agricultural Attaché Network (LAN), which represents the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality worldwide at the Netherlands embassies in the areas related to Agriculture and Nature. You can find more information about the ‘Landbouwattaché Netwerk’ here.
Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on 14 March, caused massive flooding and killed more than 840 people. Together with Africa correspondent Saskia Houttuin, I traveled to the town of Beira, which was hit severely by both the cyclone and the floods.
During our stay in Mozambique, we reported on the Idai aftermath, when thousands of people still needed to be rescued from nearby, flooded areas. You can find some of our reports on Saskia’s YouTube channel, read this Dutch story (with one of my images) or you can check out the video below. I also created a visual story in words and pictures for Al Jazeera.
If you’d like to help: the International Red Cross and NGO’s like Caritas (that used some of my images for funding and blog updates) are still on the ground in Mozambique, to deliver aid for those in need.
On the ‘Features’ tab of my website, you can see some of my assignments, collaborations, publications and features. I have recently added new work and assignments, like my piece for Musotrees Magazine, the collaboration between NPO Radio 1 program De Nieuws BV and me, a Telegraaf interview and more.
On the ‘Features’ page, you can click on each logo to find out more.
In some Kenyan states, sand mining by organized crime mobsters is a big problem. In Makueni County, however, the local government has found a way to reduce people from removing the sand from dry river beds. Kenya is building more and more, and sand is indispensable for the creation of glass and concrete. One can make quite some money by mining and selling the thick grains of Makueni sand.
Dutch writer and Amref Flying Doctors ambassador Saskia Noort and her daughter Julia Schellekens traveled to the Maasai community of Kilindi, Tanzania. Here, they attended a so-called ‘ARP’, an Alternative Rite of Passage without the harmful FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) practice. ‘The cut’ kills many girls, who can be as young as eight years old when they undergo the ceremonial ritual. With Amref’s help, over 16.000 girls became a woman without undergoing FGM.
For the video above (created by Chilo.TV), I interviewed Saskia Noort on the last day of our trip to Kilindi. You can check out the pictures I took on our trip on my NGO Photography page. If you can read Dutch, you can also read more about Saskia Noort’s experiences in this interview by JAN Magazine (which also boasts one of my pictures).
During the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands spoke about the launch of a new initiative by the Chinese Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) to voluntarily ban the use of rhino-based products across the Society's members. Later that day, the Dutch princess and SEE hosted a reception to mark the launch of the SEE initiative, where I took pictures for Laurentien’s Number Five Foundation.
To see more pictures I took for NGO’s, please visit the NGO Photography page of my website.
You can now read my ten-page travel story about Uganda in the inflight magazine of Kenya Airways: Msafiri! The piece features an off-trail safari with Uganda Carnivores doctor Ludwig Siefert, a not-so-successful chimpanzee trek in Kalinzu and a spectacular trip to the mountain gorillas of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. I'm also providing some tips on where to eat, where to stay and which spots in Kampala and Entebbe you shouldn't miss. Nearly all photographs were also taken by me!
You can read the whole issue of Msafiri magazine through this link. If you’d like to read more about my work for Msafiri, you can check out this blogpost about my cover shot for the November 2018 edition, or click here to read my Ethiopia travel story of a couple of months ago.