My focus is on social documentary, in particular international photo reportage, with a focus on human rights, gender and religion. I usually take an anthropological approach, in which I try to connect and participate in the daily lives of the people I photograph. My work has been published internationally in media such as Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, El País, One World and the Guardian.
In 2018 I was granted by the Dutch ‘Coöperatie’ to make a reportage trip to Brazil and Bolivia. In Rio de Janeiro I focused on housing rights and how the poor are reclaiming their rights to the city by occupying houses in the centre (published in Deutsche Welle and El País). In Bolivia I focused on how Bolivian farmer women are resilient to the consequences of climate change, published in a.o. One World, Al Jazeera and Deutsche Welle. The reportage was selected for the Coup des Coeur Prize by the French Association des Iconographes at the Visa Pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan.
In addition I was assigned by the Goethe Institute to document alternative ways of living in the Netherlands, which was also partly published in The Guardian and will be published in the Dutch Volkskrant.
I was selected by Colectivo Mas Uno (Colombia) to participate in the 20 Fotografos Workshop in Concepción in Bolivia in October 2018 and combined will combine this with a reportage on the Legacy of the Jesuits in the Chiquitanía region in Bolivia.
In the past months I have been focusing primarily on Cuba and made a series of smaller reportages in Cuba. Topics range from understanding Havana’s informal housing market to state-controlled tobacco-farming in Vinales, how the elderly try to make ends meet and ‘Collapsing colonial charm’ on what happens to the places and people after houses have collapsed.
In Bolivia I was inspired to take up a long-term project and I started to prepare a proposal on Cuba’s daily struggle for drinking water. The project has been funded by the Dutch Fund for Special Journalism Projects. Letters of support have been given by de Volkskrant, The Guardian and Deutsche Welle. In addition Amsterdam University Press is interested in publishing a book on the topic.