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Photo: Ringel Goslinga, 2013I write and publish about photography and art related events and publications; for magazines, books, museums and artists in The Netherlands and beyond.

Additionally, I work as a translator (English<->Dutch<-German), text editor, researcher, lecturer and artist’s assistant.

On this website you find a selection of the writings, mostly written originally in English or translated from the Dutch by others or myself.

For enquiries and/or comments, please shoot me an e-mail

For an overview of relevant publications, talks, etc., please have a look at my CV

Since 2006 I have published essays, reviews, articles, interviews and blogposts in, on or with:
Camera Austria InternationalFoam MagazineFoam Blog, Fw:PhotographyEXTRA, Stedelijk Museum AmsterdamBritish Journal of Photography, Dutch Documentary Photo FoundationPhotoQFotografisch geheugenMister Motley, Rheum, Extrapool, and Unseen Magazine.

I have translated texts (Dutch<->English & German->Dutch/English) for: The Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), KABK – Royal Academy of Art (The Hague), Academie Minerva (Groningen), Rein Jelle Terpstra, Johan Deumens Gallery, Kehrer Verlag, FotoMuseum Antwerpen, Anouk Kruithof, Frank van der Stok, Hanne Hagenaars, Mariken Wessels, Extrapool, and Alumniportal Deutschland.

With Paradox, producers of large-scale multi-platform photo projects, I have worked as a researcher, writer and editor on the extensive documentary project The Last Days of Shishmaref (2007-2010), involving a photobook, a web documentary, and a traveling exhibition.

Between 2009 and 2011, under the alias of Perec, I ping-pong’d photos with Creep in an online photo-correspondence. A photo-dialogue of the eclectic ephemeral, moving from digital to analogue and back from analogue to digital.

 

Short educational biography

During the second half of the long 1990s, I studied painting, printing and drawing at the fine (and to Dutch standards remote) art academies in the cities of Kampen and Maastricht. In 2007 I obtained my Master’s degree in Photographic Studies at Leiden University. My thesis (written in Dutch, supervised by Helen Westgeest) is called: Ancestors return in silver grains: photo theory and visual repatriation.

My inspiration for the subject of my thesis followed from working as an apprentice with arctic anthropologist Cunera Buijs, at the photo collections of the Dutch National Museum of Ethnology in 2006, where I learned about the importance of photographs in ethnographic archives for so-called “source communities” (descendants of indigenous peoples once subject to scientific and photographic surveys by explorers and scientists who ventured from the powerful urban centers of the West). Photographs of their ancestors have been taken back to them by anthropologists and museum curators & started performing new, and sometimes pivotal roles in their lives and works. In return, museums are able to gain specific knowledge and insights from the sharing and opening up of their audio-visual (and other) archives.