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13/10/2021singer Bonnie St Claire, GRAND DAME of dutch vocal music appeared to be quite PETITE in real life, but still with a big hairdo and smile. After years of addiction she successfully battled the booze and wrote a book about it. She was really nice and funny, meeting her was such a privilege!
Read her interview of change and reinvention in today’s edition of DE VOLKSKRANT!

19/9/2021The Kaiser and the paperweight: How the gift of Cecil Rhodes to Kaiser Wilhelm II helped inspire the first world war in this Sunday’s edition of The Observer!

10/9/2021multitalented actress Maria Kraakman in today’s edition of De Volkskrant! She is not only a great performer but will also make her debut as director of 'Client E. Busken' by Jeroen Brouwers.

9/9/2021‘No one really wants to die, you’re just not able to handle life at that moment’ says Bodine de Walle in Trouw today.She survived a suicide attempt and learned to turn it into something good. Tomorrow is suicide preventionday. Read her story in today’s edition of Trouw.

8/9/2021GOOD NEWS! I have a new column! For Trouw I will do 'Zin in het alledaagse' ('fancy the ordinary’), and photograph quite ordinary, funny, moving, crazy, hilarious, lovely people. Each of them has a special story to tell. The first is Stanley Baars who teaches disabled kids kickboxingin order to grow their confidence.

28/7/2021Before it was made official that COVID19 could be passed on from human to human Thijs Kuiken, professor of Comparative Pathology at Erasmus MC had proof of the evidence but couldn’t go public with it. He believes that the rise of pandemic could have been quite different if scientists would haven been allowed to act fast. Read his interview in today’s edition of De Volkskrant!

27/7/2021'the king and I share the same initials, but our life's couldn’t have been more different’ dutch rapper Willem de Bruin grew up in a tiny one-street village right in the middle of Noord Holland. Being the only biracial kid in a white village he was always confronted with prejudices. Rufus Kain interviewed him for today’s edition of Trouw!

20/7/2021Avant la lettre reality star Margje Heida generously shared her life for years on online forum of Viva. Stopping the forum caused such a riot among its female users that the publisher decided to continue, even when the printed magazine will stop. In today’s edition of Trouw!

17/7/2021pretty birds at Teylers museum Haarlem and the famous book ‘The birds of America’ in today’s edition of De Volkskrant!

15/7/2021All plants are equal, but some plants are more equal than others. The definition of 'weeds' has always been very peculiar to me: which criteria does make a plant less? Ecologist Jacqueline Henrot studies the vegetation alongside the dutch canals and I highlighted some of its beauties. You can enjoy them in today’s edition of Trouw.

all of July/2021so honoured to be part of this! THE GARDEN OF DELIGHT is an exhibition in public space commissioned by the Netherlands Embassy in Budapest.
Throughout July 25 Citylight posters will be shown in the Citycenter of Budapest, mine is one of my roses of my book 'You Breathe from a Garden in your Neck'!
This is the link to the website.

3/7/2021'we agree to disagree’, but not quite so: mother Beate is very much against a covid19 vaccination but her daughter Yentl really wants to do it. As teenagers in The Netherlands get their invitation for the vaccination the discussion rises within families. Despite their differences they were really lovely with each other. Sounds familiar? Meet these two in this weekend’s edition of Trouw!

7/6/2021I’m a guilty meat eater I have to admit. Every time I am around these cute and smart animals it becomes clear that I have to change. Kees Scheepens is a dutch vet and pig farmer who has developed a way of breeding pigs that gives them a quality of life. He has also invented a pig toilet to avoid the production of ammonia. The ones in the picture with Kees are 'Oma' and 'Borough' (named after David Attenborough!!!) each of them about 450 kilos, very impressive! A few shots after this one Bourough took a severe interest in my camera and approached me directly and I really felt quite intimidated. Read Senay Boztas lovely piece in today's edition of The Guardian!

6/6/2021Writing about the rich and famous for years journalist Mark Smith has always been hiding his hand discretely. He was born with three fingers missing. After a long career in fashion he has now decided to change his attitude and tell his story in today’s edition of The Sunday Times Style Magazine!

1/5/2021'I want justice!' says former gymnast Stephanie Tijmes in today’s edition of Trouw. She fights the long and tiresome battle to get legal recognition for all the years she has suffered from psychological abuse while practising gymnastics. 'But I get the feeling our legal system is just not made for this' she told me. Read her story in today’s edition of Trouw!

30/4/2021Meet Elize and Harrie who will be the first to rent a fully 3D printed house in Eindhoven. It’s ben printed in 120 (!!) hours only. I photographed them for today's edition of The Guardian!

17/4/2021Rosalie had 7 miscarriages before having her daughter. Although we know that 15% of all pregnancies already end in an early stage, it‘s always a shock and never easy. During this time she took off from work as being sick, „wich is not exactly true of course, you’re not sick” she told me. „There should be a special day off for it, such as a sort of maternity leave.“Read her Interview in today‘s edition of Trouw!

3/4/2021SPRING! Not all is true in these images when investigated the secret life of nature after a long and grey winter. Today in beautiful Tijdgeest of Trouw!

25/3/2021‘this garden is for everyone’ says Henk Blokhuis manager of the 50/50 project garden. In the north of Amsterdam the Salvation Army provides this piece of land for (ex) homeless people to work or spend their time during the day. I photographed it for KANS Magazine!

'a body can break in strange ways’ says Marijn Houwert, trauma surgeon of UMC Utrecht and I wondered what kind of impact it must have for one’s mind doing a job where every minute counts, every decision is crucial.The operating room itself had something sacred, it is like you can feel the importance of all actions taken there. Read his story in today's edition of De Volkskrant!

making the Sinai Peninsula furtile again by simply stimulating diatom growth in large watertanks, how cool is that?!? Dutch foundation The weathermakers’ have developped a formular, to effectively take up nutrients from the water in order to create an optimal functioning ecosystem. Check it out in this weekend’s edition of the Guardian Weekend Magazine!

this is Lale Gül, a young Dutch writer. In her book 'Ik ga leven' she tells the story about the conflict of a traditional Turkish upbringing in a western society. She wrote it without her parents knowing and caused quite a riot in her community. We couldn’t make the portrait at her home or in Amsterdam West, where she grew up. Nevertheless she is determined to stay:”I’ll stay, otherwise I’ll be really the hooker they already made of me”. Today in Trouw!

‘The car was buried. We tried the doors but they would not budge; the weight of the snow was too great’, this is Rolph van Pommeren, who almost died in a blizzard when he was traveling as a 20 year old through Yorkshire. I love this column ‘Experience’ in The Guardian, always a good story, one you weren’t planning to read but ended up just doing so 😀 Read another incredible story in today’s edition of The Guardian!

galleries are closed, art fairs are cancelled: how to keep your art business alive and kicking the during the pandemic. Four Dutch gallerists are telling their way of dealing with the pandemic in today’s edition of De Volkskrant!

„this is my daughter Hannah, she’s my hero” says Christien Buitenhuis in the newest edition of Sprank Magazine. Hannah’s been struggling for a long time with severe mental health issues. „Every time she is fighting so hard to get out of depression and I look up to that” Hannah and her mother were really sweet during the shoot. Often I have to force people to stand close to each other in order to be photographed together, but for these two did it came very natural and easy.

digging into detail: 'Het bureau’ seemingly endless masterpiece of J.J. Voskuil rediscovered in today’s edition of beautiful Tijdgeest in Trouw! I made the portraits of two big Voskuil fans, Elsbeth Etty, who knew Voskuil personally („he lived around the corner”) and Jesse Doomen.

this is Mohamed al-Tayeb, a singer and asylum seeker from Sudan. Mohamed appeared in the Arabic version of The Voice and got threatened by security officers of his country after. Despite of the safety fears his asylum case has been rejected in The Netherlands.
During the shoot we were constantly struggeling with the backdrop but at some point it the wind blew and it reminded me very much of a sail, which I liked.
He has come such a long way chasing his dreams, it only reminds me how lucky I have been, being able to choose a new country just because I liked something new. Read his story in today’s edition of The Guardian!

modern healthcare often leaves us right in the middle of technological possibilities and medical strategies and can make us feel hopeless and lost. Healthcare supplier Mediq emphasises on making medical care more human, making it 'meer mens'. I shot their new campaign and there is also a great podcast by fabulous Slowpony!

agency: Havas Lemz
creatives: Katharina-Anna Götzendorfer and Susan Zwijgers

‘It was a very big fall and a really dark time’ For The Observer I made some portraits of Dutch football legend Marco van Basten. Story by Don McRae

so proud to be part of this! For Trouw I photographed the complete edition of 'De duurzame 100' ('the sustainable 100').100 great initiatives for a better world. Some are small some are big; they all share a determination to make this world a better place.

very happy about this one: long term Volkskrant columnist Sheila Sitalsing for 'goedgeld' of ASN bank! 

Puberty hits brain and all of a sudden you feel like you are sitting next to a stranger: “not true!” says Jelle Jolles, author of several books on adolesence “don’t expect a butterfly when there is just a caterpillar.” Read his solutions to puberty madness and parental desperation in today’s edition of De Volkskrant!

This is Valika Smeulders, new head of Rijksmuseum’s history department standing in front of ‘Militia Company of District VIII under the Command of Captain Roelof Bicker’, by Bartholomeus van der Helst. Impressive work, grand, representation of wealth and civil power of the Dutch republic. In between these men there’s a little black boy, somehow hidden and dressed only in a red scarf. When I asked her which was one of her favourites pieces of the whole collection she wanted to be standing next to that little boy, ' I specially choose to wear this red suit,' she said 'I thought it might match well” and so it does!
Read her interview in today’s edition of V in De Volkskrant!
(On the third image she is standing in front of Rembrandt’s famous ‘Nightwatch’ which is being publicly restored while the museum is open.)

great hair has to be rewarded, no matter what. ’During chemotherapie I lost all my hair,’ writer Danielle Hermans told me, 'but after being bold it grew back just like this!'
Cancer used to be fatal, but it is not anymore. Read it in today’s edition of De Volkskrant.

SURVIVORS! Cancer used to be fatal, but it is not anymore as these three survivors tell us.
In today’s edition of De Volkskrant.

Gabriel Roma Santos risked his life by going to Syria in the midst of the heated conflict and created a skatepark for children.
He tells his incredible brave story in todays’ edition of The Guardian!!

A few weeks ago I photographed Marijke Schermer for De Volkskrant: she has been nominated for this year’s Libris Literatuur Prijs with her sagacious book „liefde, als het dat is”
„Let’s go outside and capture this extraordinary moment in history” we said and so she is standing in an totally empty street of the old Amsterdam. Lately the streets are already getting more crowded, when will we ever be able to say this again?
Check it out in today’s edition!

but there are also good things happening, exciting things, which will come in to play after Corona: such as the economic model of Kate Raworth for the city of Amsterdam. For The Guardian I photographed deputy mayor Marieke van Doorninck in a ghost-like empty city hall. We developed a little dance routine in order to maintain the 1,5m distance, it was quite funny and I was so happy to escape the house for a little while 😁

“Discomfort is putting it mildly...” read Holly Williams review of Marieke Rijneveld’s book ‘The Discomfort of Evening’ in the THE OBSERVER!  

New Europeans! My portrait of dutch poet and writer Marieke Lucas Rijneveld in the weekend edition of THE GUARDIAN!
You can read the interview here.

5/3/20For THE GUARDIAN I photographed the University of Wageningen and the Dutch vision of feeding the world properly. Got lost somewhere in between sparkling hightech and the sentimental longing for an untouched, prevailing nature. Check out witty Vidhi Doshi’s article on a small Dutch town that wants to shape the future of our food!

25/2/20„you know I’m afraid of hights, right?” she said, but anyway, climbing up that ladder, she did it! Meet Sophie de Lint, new artistic director of Dutch Nationale Opera en Ballet. She was born in Rotterdam, grew up in Zwitserland and returns to her roots being the first woman on this position in Europe. Today she is presenting her programme and you can read all about it in TROUW!

22/2/20(amateur) plant lover meets the ultimate plant expert! For today’s edition of De Volkskrant I photographed Leni Duistermaat, plant taxonomist extraordinaire. She has just released Heukels' Flora van Nederland, the guide on all existing flora of The Netherlands. Ever since he has been a little girl she knew she wanted to be a botanist. I simply loved her attitude:
„Whenever I go on vacation with my family and we arrive on our destination they look up to see the landscape and I look down to see what’s growing there”

20/1/20very happy about this assignment to photograph Japanese artist Sae Honda in her studio for the spring issue of Hanatsubaki Magazin!

16/1/20Femke Halsema, mayor of Amsterdam, has always been one of my favourite politicians, and yesterday I photographed her for THE GUARDIAN! She was as smart and funny and wise as I thought she would be. We definitively need more brilliant women in power.

27/12/19such an honour: I was one of the photographers to illustrate an important word for the 2019 photo special of dutch newspaper Trouw!! Going on a short trip holiday soon? Voilà: flight shame ('vliegschaamte')

14/12/19new dutch wunderkind Laurent Simons (9 years) cannot finish his studies at TU Eindhoven in Guinness world record time. Due to the narrow minded board of the university the parents say, due to his hyper ambitious parents the university says, who‘s right? Find out in the today’s edition of DER SPIEGEL!

7/12/19writer meets writer, falls in love, keeps a diary and publishes it- oops! How does it feel to read your own (love) story? Benjamin Moser, biographer of Susan Sontag and long term partner of dutch writer Arthur Japin tells in today‘s edition of De Volkskrant!

23/11/19cicitizen-scientist ontributing time, effort and resources to help professional science. Just by cruising hours and hours on your computer more than 1000 new burial mounds have been found! Check it out in this weekend’s edition of Trouw!

Enjoy a little football 90's flashback: the glorious times of Philippe Albert in today's edition of The Guardian!

17/11/19what happens after Brexit? Due to the uncertainty many former London based companies have already moved their offices and quite some of them are choosing Amsterdam. Fortune Magazine interviewd people who already have about the quality of life in this beautiful city!

simply loved Olivia Colman as Queen in Yorgos Lanthimos’ 'the favourite'! Let’s see if she pulls it off again in 'the crown’ and read what royal expert screenwriter Ger Beukenkamp has to say about the script in today’s edition of TROUW!

‘Our memory is like abandoned garden’ says professor Douwe Draaisma, who is an expert in how our brain deals with memory. When he suggested to go to a canyon, a place where he played a lot as a child, I immediately loved the idea and especially the roots of this tree.

And yes, of course it made me think of Caspar David Friedrich seeing him standing there 🙃

Read the full interview in Checkpoint Magazine!

writer Sanneke van Hassel writes stories about everyday life in the city. Her newest book ‘Nederzettingen’ gets 4 out of 5 stars in todays edition of De Volkskrant!

when I met Esther Ouwehand this summer she was just a member of a very small but significant party in parliament. A few days ago she became group chairwoman of her party and there is a big interview with her in TROUW today. She definitely had a special glow which shows so nicely in the picture; so people meet the new boss of the party for animals (Pvdd) Esther Ouwehand!

KLM the old and respectable lady of aviation turns 100 these days; read the story on a rocky french dutch partnership, cultural differences and modern challanges in aviation by Andreas Spaeth in German Bilanz!

very happy about this one as well! During summer I photographed voor DIVOSA various managers of dutch communities. Each portrait reflects their special approach in working together. It was fun to think of a visual translation of this abstract thing and crafting it in the studio.

28/09/19Heino Falcke is a professor in radio astronomy and astroparticle physics who became world famous by making the first photo of a black hole in space. Despite of his great success the funding for his following project was denied. Read his interview on the solitude of a scientist in today’s edition of De Volkskrant!
... and what could be more fun than to bring the black hole back into his office?

28/09/19 super happy with the fashion issue of dutch newspaper TROUW on 'slow fashion'! It was something completely new for me and so much fun to do!

people go and see and read the story of Jetske van der Schaar and Philip Scheltens in today’s edition of De Volkskrant! Alzheimer disease is such a cruel compagnion to many of us, wether it is a father or mother, grandparents or as in the case of Jetske, someone much too young.

Today is the last portrait of my little miniseries on dutch politicians in TROUW!
Each veteran is holding an image of him/herself when they had just started their careerJasper van Dijk (SP), Bram van Ojik (GroenLinks), Harm Beertema (PVV),
Esther Ouwehand (PvdD) and Madeleine van Toorenburg (CDA)



so great to see how kids take our future serious- meet Lilly Platt who demonstrates every week in front of city hall in Zeist to save the planet. In today's edition of THE GUARDIAN WEEKEND MAGAZINE!


very happy with this one: for THE GUARDIAN I photographed beautiful artist Laure Prouvost in her studio in Antwerp!


this is Pierre Kompany, the first black elected mayor of Ganshoren in Belgium AND, yes!
father of famous football player Vincent Kompany of Manchester City. In today's edition of THE GUARDIAN he tells his impressive story how he had to flee Congo and start all over in Belgium as a asylum seeker with almost nothing


'the baby gets my family name' - having the choice seems natural to me, no? Apparently it wasn't at all self-evident as not so long ago these stubborn women and brave men quite actively fought for their right to give the female name to their child. Read their story in the weekend edition of TROUW!


super happy with this lovely ongoing series that I am doing for SPRANK Magazine. Each story is about someone who struggled at one point in their life. Recovery from depression, coming from a poor back round or having 6 children and once lived on well-fare: they all succeeded in building up a successful career.


L O V E // How do you manage to stay together? For "Ik ook van jou" ("I love you too") magazine I met couples who did and share their secret with us. Very sweet and moving this was...


this is Rutger Bregman, rebellious thinker and historian. Smart and funny. Surely brave enough to tell the rich & philanthropic at the World Economic Forum in Davos one could easily solve the inequality in the world by looking into the global tax systems. Went viral with this speech.
Today in the newest edition of fabulous german DIE ZEIT!


this is Lammert Voos, writer, author of 'Malterfoske'. A brilliant short novel on the generations of poor and burdened families of the northern part of The Netherlands. His own youth and life were full of violence and alcohol. At one point he decided to take another path and stopped drinking, stopped the bad stuff and started writing.
We wanted to work with mirror for this shoot and when I took this image I said to him: 'it looks like you're always dragging someone with you' and he replied 'that's exactly how it is'. Check out his story in DE VOLKSKRANT today!


election fever! Check out my pics of debating politicians in dutch newspaper TROUW, starting today with Mei Li Vos (PvdA) en Annemarie Jorritsma (VVD).


5 years ago dutch former minister of health Els Borst was murdered in front of her door. Her son-in-law the fantastic scientist professor Sjaak Neefjes used the money of the inheritance
to reintroduce a very promising cancer medicine that had somehow been taken off the european market.
He and his crew did everything to bring this medicine back on the european market, just a few months left and it will be available again! Read the full story in this weekend's edition in DE VOLKSKRANT!


so very honoured to be guest curator for this years edition of


Game on! Check out my images of fabulous Massive Attack live at AFAS Amsterdam for THE OBSERVER


HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 'How to start' is a lovely little miniseries in dutch newspaper TROUW, asking 5 artist how they start their creative proces. I photographed Chris Verlaan, Iris kensmil, Mirthe vab Doornik, Serge van Veggel and Hans Croiset! 



This is Hayarpi Tamrazyan. She is 21 years old and of armenian origin. She and her family are staying in Bethelkerk, the church in The Hague that has been holding a 24/7 service for 8 weeks now to keep them from deportation from The Netherlands.
The Tamrazyan family is protected in the church due to a medieval law that says authorities cannot enter while a religious service is ongoing. Although being granted to stay because of 'Kinderpardon' ( a dispensation available to families with children who have lived in the Netherlands for more than five years) these cases are refused their asylum. Hayarpi, as many other children, came to the Netherlands when they were very little and happen to grow up in The Netherlands while their parents applied in long procedures for asylum. The children are often more grounded in the dutch society than the country of their parents decent.
Now, after many, many years they would be forced to go back to a country they hardly know. Read her story in otday's edition of THE GUARDIAN!



Due to heavy gas extraction many people in the northern part of The Nethrlands suffer from heavy earthquakes that destroy their houses Janneke Ockels stands in front of her house: once it used to be her dreamhouse now it is almost falling apart.
Read the story in today's edition of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH


this is Frenkie de Jong, player at Ajax Amsterdam and new hope of all reborn dutch football dreams. Very friendly and smart and down to earth guy… he might be leaving Ajax for the highest transfer fee ever paid to the club.
Check out my portraits and his story in THE GUARDIAN today!


at one point you realise you might be member of a rather large family... dutch sperm donor Louis fathered at least 200 children - check out my portrait of Louis and one of his daughters in THE GUARDIAN WEEKEND MAGAZINE!


this is dutch afghan filmdirector Aboozar Amini who made the beautiful documentary 'Kabul, city in the wind'. Check it out in today's special edition on idfa in DE VOLKSKRANT!


two different times an icon: actors José Montoya and Dennis Rudge rehearsing to get into their rol as Martin Luther King today in DE VOLKSKRANT!


what a great start of the weekend! In early summer I had the pleasure photographing 18 portraits for the yearbook of De Levenseindekliniek. During that time I met very various people connected to the Leveneindekliniek and shared moving and thoughtful talks on life and death.


"… just make sure I won't fall INTO THE WATER!!!' gorgeous film maker Michiel van Erp said while hanging halfway above the river Amstel. Check my photo's in today's edition of DE VOLKSKRANT :-)   His movie 'Niemand in de stad' will be the openingsfilm at @nederlands_film_festival


What to do with the dusty remains of the last german Kaiser in today's edition of THE GUARDIAN!


so very happy about this unusual opportunity: THE GUARDIAN WEEKEND MAGAZINE ask me to shoot the beautiful interior of dutch designer Mariska Meijers!


'Chanel shoes, but no salary'; check out my portrait of super-nice Giulia Mensitieri for THE GUARDIAN. Giulia is an anthropologist who wrote her Phd on the habit of not actually paying money in high paid positions in the french fashion industry. Scandal!

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