Kadir van Lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands) 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 rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas.

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. 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 around the world.

After hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, he 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 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. Originally made as an interactive application for the iPad, Via PanAm was also made into a traveling interactive multimedia based exhibition, installation and a book.

With the project Where will we go, Kadir looked at the global consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change. The project is designed to highlight both the immense complexities associated with in-island and inter-island/country movement, and the human rights implications involved in such displacements.

Kadir is a frequent lecturer and photography teacher and is based in Amsterdam.




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rising sea levels: greenland

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The main reason for the world’s rising sea levels is the melting of Greenland’s…

rising sea levels: papua new guinea

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Papua New Guinea is the eastern part of the island New Guinea and consists…

rising sea levels: panama

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Guna Yala is an autonomous indigenous region of Panama with a population of around…

rising sea levels: fiji

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Fiji is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean consisting of 332 islands of which…

rising sea levels: kiribati

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The Republic of Kiribati (pronounce Kiribas) in the Central Pacific Ocean consists of 32…

rising sea levels: bangladesh

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Bangladesh is the world’s country most affected by the rising sea levels; it is…

rising sea levels: united states

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The USA’s east coast is experiencing three to four times higher rising sea levels…

rising sea levels: united kingdom

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The coast of Yorkshire’s East Riding faces the fastest coastal erosion in Europe, presently…

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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Rio de Janeiro's favelas are undergoing some extreme social changes. The armed police, in an…

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…