IT company Incentro Africa asked me to take pictures of their staff members, in addition to the pictures that were already on their About, Services and Culture pages. My assignment, which will soon be visible on their website, included taking playful portraits of all staff members (who brought attributes that tell something about themselves) and taking photos of the Incentro Africa Headquarters.
I couldn’t be more proud of Saskia, who has won a prestigious Dutch award for talented journalists, the ‘Philip Bloemendal Prijs’! The jurors praised her ability to convey difficult stories through “clear texts and powerful imagery”. Saskia works as an Africa correspondent for Dutch media, like TV broadcaster RTL Nieuws, radio program Bureau Buitenland and newspaper Trouw. To read the whole jury report, click here! To check out her great appearance in TV show RTL Late Night, click here.
Last month, my pictures of my girlfriend Saskia and another Dutch Saskia, writer Saskia Noort, were published in several online / print media. Radio station NPO Radio 1 and newspapers NRC Handelsblad and Trouw published my portrait of Saskia Houttuin, which was also included in several press statements. Some of my photographs of Saskia Noort’s trip to Tanzania were shown in this NPO Radio 1 video segment and were used by De Nieuws BV and NPO online.
When Amref Health Africa heard they would be able to exhibit 40 pictures during the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, they asked me to shoot 40 portraits all over Africa. During the event, which is organized by the World Health Organization, Amref pleads for the payment of Community Health Workers (CHWs), who are playing a vital role in the development of primary health care in African countries like Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.
The forty portraits I shot for Amref Health Africa, all show Community Health Workers from four different African countries. I’ve recorded their stories, which are audible at the exhibition for the duration of the conference in Kazachstan. If you’d like to hear what the Community Health Workers have to say to the ministers who attend the WHO conference, you can check out the dedicated ‘Dear Minister’ website, which boasts my photographs and audio recordings.