Kadir van Lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands, 1963) has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas.

Before Kadir 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 Intifada. In the years following, he worked in many conflict areas in Africa, such as Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Liberia and the DR of Congo. From 1990 to 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 along the seven rivers of the world, from source to mouth, covering daily life along these lifelines. The project resulted in the book “Rivers” and “Aderen” (Mets & Schilt).

Kadir has received numerous prizes and awards in photojournalism. In 2000 and 2002 Kadir was a jury member of the World Press Photo contest and is currently on the supervisory board of the World Press Photo foundation.

In 2004 he went back to Angola, Sierra Leone and the DR of Congo to portray the diamond industry, following the diamonds from the mines to the consumer markets in the western world. The exhibitions that resulted from this project were not only shown in Europe and the USA, but also in the mining areas of Congo, Angola and Sierra Leone. The photo book “Diamond Matters, the diamond industry” was published by Mets & Schilt (Holland), Dewi Lewis (UK) and Umbrage editions (USA) and awarded the prestigious Dutch Dick Scherpenzeel Prize for best reporting on the developing world. The project was also recognized with a World Press Photo Award.

In that same year, Kadir initiated a photo project together with Stanley Greene and six other photographers on the issue of violence against women in the world.

In 2006 he launched a magazine called Katrina - An Unnatural Disaster, The Issue # 1, in collaboration with Stanley Greene, Thomas Dworzak and Paolo Pellegrin with an essay by Jon Lee Anderson.

After hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, he has made several trips to the USA to document the aftermath of the storm. In the summer of 2010, to mark the fifth commemoration of Hurricane Katrina, Kadir exhibited images of Katrina’s devastation and the aftermath in a truck-exhibition that drove from Houston to New Orleans, a project in collaboration with Stanley Greene.

From 2011 to 2012, Kadir created Via PanAm; a striking visual investigation on migration in the Americas. In 12-months, he travelled along the Pan American Highway from Terra del Fuego in Patagonia to Deadhorse in Northern Alaska.

Via PanAm is a unique social documentary multimedia project, which was originally made as an interactive application for the iPad. In 2013 Via PanAm was also made into a travelling interactive multimedia based exhibition and installation. With the publication of a book at the end of 2013 the project successfully came to an end having experimented with all possible publication outlets for photography today.

Kadir is a frequent lecturer and photography teacher; he’s a member and co-founder of NOOR picture agency and foundation and is based in Amsterdam.




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mzuzu prison

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The prison in Mzuzu, Malawi holds 450 prisoners of which 60 are juveniles. It…

cocoa trail: from the bean to the bar

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Chocolate remains a sought after sweet but cocoa is becoming an increasingly scarce resource.…

living apart together

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In 1993, for a commission from the Amsterdam Municipal Archive, Kadir van Lohuizen, followed…

amsterdam and its water

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Because of its canals, Amsterdam is often called the Venice of the North. Since…

honduras: where violence took over

Kadir van Lohuizen - September 2012

Honduras is nowadays ranking number one in the world as the country where most…

pacifying the favelas

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In view of the upcoming big sport events, Rio de Janeiro's favelas are undergoing…

the cold end of the world

Kadir van Lohuizen - March 2012

Deadhorse lies on what its residents call `The Slope`, the coastal plain along the…

strangers in their own land

Kadir van Lohuizen - February 2012

Canada is known for being relatively hospitable to migrants and minorities. The laws protecting…

work force from the south

Kadir van Lohuizen - February 2012

Most Mexican migrants to the United States settle in the border states, such as…

reluctant guest, el cajon

Kadir van Lohuizen - January 2012

“Little Baghdad” is the nickname for El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego. A…

the wall

Kadir van Lohuizen - December 2011

For the thousands of migrants who are trying to reach the US the last…

the trail of the migrants

Kadir van Lohuizen - November 2011

Guatemala - Mexico The Suchiate, the river which forms the border between Guatemala and Mexico,…