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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the quiet force

Kadir van Lohuizen

Panama is home to the largest colony of Chinese in Central America. The first…

on the run from the water, kuna yala

Kadir van Lohuizen

Kuna Yala, or Kuna Land, is comprised of a narrow strip of land 400…

your land or your life

Kadir van Lohuizen

The armed conflict in Colombia has been going on for nearly half a century…

residents of a lost city

Kadir van Lohuizen

Until late 2010 Gramalote was a pleasant town in eastern Colombia, close to the…

fleeing from violence

Kadir van Lohuizen

“The only risk is that you'll want to stay.” That's the slogan the Colombian…

winning for a black community

Kadir van Lohuizen

Ecuador is famous for its indigenous Indian cultures, but it actually also has a…

beginning a new life with wet feet

Kadir van Lohuizen

Ecuador had never been a popular destination for its neighbors from the richer Peru.…

indigenous urban life

Kadir van Lohuizen

A little more than a decade ago about a dozen families from the indigenous…

gold fever

Kadir van Lohuizen

Peru is worlds fifth producer of gold and the Peruvian Amazon houses most of…

the forbidden leaf

Kadir van Lohuizen

Chapare lies in the heart of Bolivia, where the western highlands shade off into…

the age of tin

Kadir van Lohuizen

The mines in Siglo XX opened in 1900, attracting thousands of workers from all…

the new oil of the world

Kadir van Lohuizen

The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt lake in the world. The salt…