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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.

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”

 

New project on horrific imagery

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On De Correspondent I’ve started a new project to investigate the need of horrific pictures in media. As an image editor for journalistic media for over seven years now, I’ve had some experience with the difficulties – like “need” versus “ethics” – of (not) publishing these kind of images. But I would like to extent my research with contributions of others to get more perspectives on this theme.

You can read my introduction on this project here [only in Dutch].

Column in Dude Magazine #1

For Dude #1  – the Dutch Designers Magazine by BNO – I wrote a column on the work of Richard Mosse, on invitation of Harald Dunnink (head designer of Momkai) who was the guest editor-in-chief of this issue.

[read here the longer version in Dutch]

The White House photographic archive analysed

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For the past half year I’ve been investigating the archive of the White House photographer Pete Souza. The result is a series of ten collections I’ve composed and analysed from the whole archive. The project is published on De Correspondent [only in Dutch].

Find here more information on the whole project.

[Photo’s: Pete Souza/the White House]

Column on De Groene

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For the ‘Stadsleven‘ blog of Tracy Metz I wrote a column about
a photograph of Jordi Huisman’s project Rear Window.

Now this column is also published on the website of De Groene.



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