vrijdag 14 december 2007

Kadir van Lohuizen Aderen Rivers of the World Photography

Kadir van Lohuizen is a photo-journalist who often works in areas of conflict. He is regularly in Africa where the image of the “continent without hope” appears to be confirmed time and again.In 1996, he went in search of “the other Africa” and travelled down the Niger River. His journey inspired him to follow other rivers to their source: the Yangtze (China), Ganges (India), Danube (Central and Eastern Europe), Amazon (South America), Mississippi (United States) and the Ob (Russia). The result is Rivers of the world, a joint production of the Institut Néerlandais and the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.

A French Actes Sud publication with texts by the photographer himself will be presented at the exhibition. http://www.lohuizen.net/

"Niger"© Kadir van Lohuizen, Les grands fleuves du monde, 2003

Before Kadir van Lohuizen became a photographer he was a sailor and started a shelter for homeless and drug addicts in Holland. He was also an activist in the Dutch squatter movement. He started to work as a professional freelance photojournalist in 1988 covering the Intifadah.In the years after he worked in many conflict areas in Africa, such as Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Liberia and DR Congo. From 1990–1994 he covered the transition in South Africa from apartheid to democracy.After the collapse of the Soviet Union Kadir covered social issues in different corners of the former empire. He also went to North Korea and Mongolia. In 1997 he embarked on a big project to travel the seven rivers of the world, from source to mouth, covering the daily life along these lifelines.In 2004 he went back to Angola, Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo to portray the diamond industry, following the diamonds from the mines to the consumer markets in the western world. The exhibition travels not only in Europe and the USA, but also in the mining areas of Congo, Angola and Sierra Leone.In 2004 he also initiated a photo project together with Stanley Greene and six other photographers on the violence against women in the world. In 2006 he co-founded the magazine The Issue with Stanley Greene. Recently Kadir has covered the conflict in Darfur, Chad and in Lebanon. Since hurricane Katrina happened he has made several trips to the USA to cover the aftermath and continues his work on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina still today. In 2006 Kadir started a new project: a visual investigation on migration in the America’s. For this he travels from Terra del Fuego (Patagonia) to Northern Alaska.

awardsIn 1998 van Lohuizen won the most prestigious Dutch award in photojournalism ‘de Zilveren Camera’ for his story in Zaire on Rwandan refugees. For the same story he received the 2nd prize spot news stories at the World press. In 2000 (Sierra Leone) and 2005 (diamonds) he won the ‘Dick Scherpenzeel’ prize in Holland for best reporting on the developing world. In 2006 he won the prize for Investigative journalism in Holland and Belgium for his story on the diamond industry, for the same story he received a second prize, contemporary issues at the World Press Photo. In 2007 he won the “Kees Scherer' prize for the best photobook in Holland in the last two years. He also won a PDN annual award in the USA for his work in Chad.In 2000 and 2002 van Lohuizen was a jury member for World Press Photo. He has also taught several workshops for them.Van Lohuizen has published in numerous magazines and newspapers such as Vrij Nederland, de Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, Le Monde, Liberation, The Guardian, The Observer, Independent Sunday Review, New York Times magazine, Time magazine, Paris Match, Newsweek and GEO and has worked reguarly for Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF) since 1990.

exhibitionsExhibitions were shown at
Canon Image Centre, AmsterdamMozambique (1992) Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Mozambique (1993), City hall, Amsterdam, South Africa (1994), Amsterdam Historical Museum, Amsterdam, Moroccan family (1997), Photo festival Naarden, Naarden, Surinamese family (1997), Word Press Photo exhibition (1998 and 2006). Dutch Photo Institute, Rotterdam, Tibet (April 1999), India International Centre, New Delhi, www.tibet.chin.com (2000), Photo festival Naarden, Tibet (2001), Museum of Ethnology, Leiden (2002), the Nenets and the gas industry, St. Petersburg, war photography (2003), group exhibition, Photofestival Skopelos, rivers (2003), Institut Neerlandais, Les grands fleuves du monde (2003), Kunsthal Rotterdam, rivers (2003), L’Oeil sur Seyne, Les grands fleuves du monde (2004), FOAM, Amsterdam, Diamond matters (2005), Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, Diamond matters (2005), Various locations DR Congo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Diamand matters (2005)., HOST gallery, London, Diamond matters (2006), Maison Robert Doisneau, Paris, Diamond Matters (2007).

worked with
Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF)Human Rights Watch

collectionsMuseum of Contemporary Art, AmsterdamPrivate collectionsSBK foundation, Amsterdam

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