My Writings

Speech at Book Launch of Law&Order

Speech at Book Launch of Law&Order, Bronx Documentary Center, NY (sept. 20, 2016) On July the 9th, 2000, around 2:30 in the morning, Constantino Sseremba was killed in a suburb […]

De wereld in oorlog – VARAgids 13/2020

Op verzoek van de redactie van de VARAgids maakte ik uit het project De Tweede Wereldoorlog in 100 foto’s een selectie van 13 waarbij ik korte teksten schreef.De Tweede Wereldoorlog […]

Speech at Opening of Rosa Verhoeve’s Kopi Susu in Erasmushuis Jakarta, Aug. 1, 2019

“Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends of Rosa Verhoeve, The Dutch East-Indies colonial history has been playing a prominent role in the Dutch public debate and in Dutch cultural life, certainly […]

Death Sentence in Uganda: the case of Susan Kigula

Death Sentence for Susan Kigula In 2010, in Luzira Women’s Prison, I met with 30-year old Susan Kigula, probably Uganda’s best-known prisoner, for the first time. She was convicted of the […]

Eugene Smith’s ‘Spanish Village’ Revisited: the villagers’ struggle with being an icon. (1986/2014)

Summer 1950. The American photographer W. Eugene Smith sets off on a trip to Spain for the renowned weekly magazine Life. Eleven years earlier, the civil war ended there with […]

Down and Out in the South

Opening Speech 701 CCA, Columbia SC, Jan. 16, 2014 A portrait series of homeless men and women who I encountered in South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi in 2010 and 2011. […]

Fear and Loathing in Bogota
. Formalism and heartlessness at the Dutch Embassy, Sept. 26, 2013

The Colombian singer Cenelia Alcazar is 78 years old and a musical living legend in her own country. You can check her out in the video above (and several others) posted on […]

Speech bij de herdenking van de Birma- en de Pakanbaroe-spoorweg, 15 augustus 2013

On August 17, 2013, I was invited to make a speech on the occasion of the annual commemoration of the Burma and Sumatra (Pakanbaroe/Pekanbaru) Railways in Bronbeek, Arnhem (the Netherlands). […]

Icon or cliché? Photojournalism and World Press Photo 2013, April 24, 2013

What do we – producers and consumers of photojournalism – expect from a photo in a journalistic context? New information? A shift in our perspective and an incentive to reflect […]

Sentenced to death for murder without victim, March 22, 2013

On March 19, I received an email from a Ugandan PhD student at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, named Andrew Akampurira. Thirty-year-old Andrew received a masters degree in Sweden […]