Archived entries for De Correspondent

Deputy editor in chief

After being the image director from the very beginning of De Correspondent in 2013 I’m honoured to be promoted to deputy editor in chief of this journalism platform that provides an antidote to the daily news grind.

Analysing the photo book of Pete Souza

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The photo book Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza is published. For years I’ve been going through his archive of Obama, analysing the orchestrated image forming of him as president. Does this photo book bring something new in addition to what we’ve seen?

Read the article here [in Dutch]

My very own weekly newsletter

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Subscribe now to my weekly newsletter (in Dutch) on images, image-forming, the media and my work as the image director of De Correspondent.

Collection of all my Obama-collections – in English

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Years I spent shifting through White House photographer Pete Souza’s archives. I created collections for recurring topics, and began to see how public perception of Barack Obama is deliberately shaped. This is my analysis – and a trove of wonderful photos.

Eight years and 6,500 Obama photos later: How our view of the President has been meticulously crafted [in English here]

Art should play a ‘need to know’ role in journalism

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In my years of doing image direction
for different journalistic media I never understood why art is only present in
the ‘nice to know’ section of news,
while especially art is capable of communicating the huge and abstract world wide problems we’ll have to deal with these days like climate change, growing inequality and privacy.
So I wrote a warm plea for the unique qualities of arts and why it should be published on front pages more often.

Read the article here [in Dutch].

 

Writing about image editing

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After publishing The Bonsai Project on De Correspondent with an article on the legal rights of trees, lots of upset comments by readers were given about that combination of text and imagery. Most heard critique was that the images were showing the opposite. But why should images in a journalistic context always literally show what is described in the text?

So I decided to write an article on why this is my approach in image editing. The images doesn’t necessary reflect the text, but bring in a different angle on the same subject. An article on my view of innovate image editing in journalism.

Read the English article here.

Auction at the festival of De Correspondent

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We’ve sold seven out of eight art works that were made by different image makers for productions of De Correspondent. We auctioned it at the Festival der Vooruitgang celebrating the two years anniversary of our journalistic platform.

[Photo: Fabian Fraikin / De Correspondent]

Portfolio Day at De Correspondent

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After being an image editor for over eight years now I know that image makers often have really good ideas for interesting journalistic stories. And after almost two years De Correspondent has grown as an suitable platform to present these projects.

So what I want to do from now on is to organise a portfolio day every couple of weeks to invite image makers from all sorts and backgrounds to share their ideas in the hope it can be the start of new collaborations.

Deadline for applying for this first Portfolio Day is August 5, 2015. Stay tuned here for the upcoming days.

My favourites at Rencontres d’Arles 2015

After visiting the opening week of Rencontres d’Arles 2015 I’ve made a selection of my top five favourite exhibitions at the photo festival.
Check the list here (and if you’re a member of De Correspondent, please leave your favourites in the comments).

New articles in my project on horrific imagery

I’ve been writing essays on horrific images in media, to get insight in how imagery can fulfil a (new) role in making journalistic productions. I’m investigation the issue from different perspectives.

The journalistic/editors perspective:
“War porn and why we must look at these pictures”

The historical perspective:
“Horrific imagery can: a) stop war, b) prevent war, c) cause war” 

The makers intentions perspective:
“IS makes horrific images, but not only because they are gory”

 



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