via panam

Kadir van Lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen traveled from Chile to Alaska, covering 15 countries along the Pan-American Highway, investigating contemporary migration in the Americas. He left Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile in March 2011 and reached Deadhorse in northern Alaska in March 2012.

On this page you find a selection of some of the stories he has documented along the way. For the full experience, you can download the Via PanAm iPad application of the interactive project.

Via PanAm is an elaborate interactive project, it was presented along the way in public talks by the photographer and widely published in the international media. Visit the Via PanAm blog for the latest news.

The Via PanAm book was launched on the 9th of November at the opening of the ‘Via PanAm’ exhibition in the Dutch Fotomuseum in Rotterdam and can be purchased online through the Ydoc webshop.


Besides, Kadir shared his experiences on the I AM Nikon blog and in 18 VPRO radio documentaries (broadcasts are in Dutch).

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working for a family far away

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Since the late 1990s Chile has been a popular destination for Peruvian guest workers.…

the cold end of the world

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

strangers in their own land

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

work force from the south

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

reluctant guest, el cajon

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

the wall

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

the trail of the migrants

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

money, god and criminals

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El Salvador has been called the most Americanized country in Latin America. It has…

no country to go back to

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More than 200,000 of the six million people living in Honduras have roots in…

portrait of a family divided

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In many cases immigration means a definitive break within a family. Even if the…

pensionados, sitting pretty in a poor country

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Central America is a favorite destination for moderately wealthy retired North Americans who want…

a new start next door

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As a prosperous country, Costa Rica is a popular destination for migrants. Nicaraguans in…