Photography started for me 28 years ago, at the age of fifteen. At my mothers anniversary my uncle Cor gave me his old darkroom equipment. I got immediately addicted to the athmosphere and excitement of printing your own photo's. 


At the age of nineteen, I began my professional career as an autodidact on-the-run photo journalist. For more than three years I covered local events for newspapers in the south of the Netherlands. 

In 2000 I moved to Amsterdam where I studied at the Photo Academy (1997-2000),  besides working as an assistant on large commercial photo shoots, and doing reportages and portraits for many different magazines.

Since 2005 NGO's such as UNICEF, CARE International and AIDS Fonds have sent me abroad around 45 times to photograph their projects and campaigns, mostly in Africa, Asia and Middle East.  

Besides my travels I often work on social and commercial assignments in the Netherlands. For assignments that require production, I work with professional producers.


Awards & Masterclass:


  • 2006: Participant Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo 
  • 2010: Hollands Diep prize (personal portraits) 
  • 2012: 3rd prize Zilveren Camera (Swimming pools)
  • 2012: Dutch Doc longlist (Baghdad)
  • 2012: PANL Award (Baghdad)
  • 2014: Dutch Doc longlist (Kabul)
  • 2014: 1st prize Zilveren Camera (Kabul)
  • 2015: 3th prize Zilveren Camera (Das Paradies)
  • 2016: 1th prize Zilveren Camera Innovative Photojournalism (The Island of All Together)


Selected publications:


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