Northern Lights Photography Masterclass - final session

Last weekend the last session of our Northern Lights Photography Masterclass 2017/2018 took place in Amsterdam. Again we had a great and inspiring 3 days with guest lecturers Arianna Rinaldo and Rebecca McClelland. Thanks to all my colleague participants for all the energy, good vibes, laughter, tears and respect. What a great loving and caring group we were! And, thank you Jim Casper, Lars Boering and Marc Prüst for all the wise words, the sharing of knowledge and coaching in these 9 months. It was sometimes truly difficult to keep up with it but it was absolutely well worth the effort! Wow! #northernlights #photography #masterclass #noorderlicht

  - Arianna Rinaldo and her lecture on editing, photo festivals and her own carreer.

- Arianna Rinaldo and her lecture on editing, photo festivals and her own carreer.

Northern Lights Photography Masterclass

I had a great review yesterday of my personal project HEIM (He secretly carried her picture). After a difficult start last year at the Northern Lights Photography Masterclass I am finally getting there! Very nice and encouraging words from Jim Casper (Lensculture) and if I can take his word for it: there's an exhibition in the making! 

  - Probably the final selection (for now, that is ...)

- Probably the final selection (for now, that is ...)

Portfolio book ready for presentation!

After months of extensive preparations, making dummies, having it reviewed several times and some wise words from some very wise people, it's finally there: my new portfolio book! Ready for presentation. I am so very happy with it! Don't hesitate to call or email me, I would be very happy to drop by and show you the book. 

  - The new portfolio book

- The new portfolio book

New office at Holland Park

Our new Amsterdam office is now fully operational at Holland Park as from today! Some decorating still has to be done but that will come eventually. For now, we're back in business again after our moving from Haarlem to Diemen Zuid (Amsterdam).

  - Our new office in the making.

- Our new office in the making.

Working on it! A portfolio book.

I've been thinking about it for years, but it never really came true. Now, following the Northern Lights Photography Masterclass I'm participating in, I'm finally going to do it: create a portfolio book. Ordered at Heiner Hauck's in Germany, this A3 landscape book with 30 sheets arrived at my home this week. I am now busy selecting images, editing and printing. It should be finished by the end of the year completely!

  - My new portfolio book: Rob Severein stories

- My new portfolio book: Rob Severein stories

The Northern Lights Photography Masterclass 2017 - Selected

I am very happy to announce that from many submissions and applications I was selected and invited to participate in the Northern Lights Photography Masterclass 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Applications came from various countries around the world, on four continents, but only 12 photographers were selected. The masterclass ‘Strategies for Developing Successful Visual Stories’ consists of three 3-day sessions over 9 months, dedicated to improving creative and business strategies for documentary photographers and headed by Lars Boering (managing director at World Press Photo), Marc Prüst (curator, creative director and photography consultant) and Jim Casper (editor-in-chief and co-founder, Lens Culture). It is a long-term masterclass for professional photo journalists, documentary photographers and visual storytellers. #photography #masterclass #northernlights

The Manhoff Archives. Rare footage from the Soviet era.

U.S. major Martin Manhoff spent more than two years in the Soviet Union in the early 1950s, serving as assistant army attaché at the U.S. Embassy, which was located just off Red Square at the beginning of his time in Moscow.

He took full advantage of his post, using his gifted photographic eye to capture hundreds of images of everyday life in Moscow and across the U.S.S.R.

When he left the country in 1954 amid accusations of espionage, Major Manhoff took with him reels of 16 millimeter film and hundreds of color slides and negatives he shot during his travels – including of one of the Soviet Union's pivotal events, Josef Stalin's funeral.

Watch this incredible footage on Radio Free Europe.

  All images taken by Martin Manhoff. Courtesy of Douglas Smith.

All images taken by Martin Manhoff. Courtesy of Douglas Smith.

Exposed by Kazuma Obara

20 rolls of unused color film discovered in Pripyat in 2015, with a 1992 expiry date. That’s what ultimately led to this very special series ‘Exposed’ by the Japanese photographer Kazuma Obara. The images were taken in places which related to the Chernobyl accident and of a girl named Mariya who was born only 5 months after the nuclear disaster. She grew up suffering from chronic thyroiditis, one of the results of radiation poisoning.

⎯ Kazuma Obara introduces his project 'Exposure'.

  ⎯ The beautifully designed book, box and the overexposed looking images of Mariya.

⎯ The beautifully designed book, box and the overexposed looking images of Mariya.

The toga maker 'Bernard Poelman' - DM campaign

It’s been a while since I was commissioned by advertising agency BeyenMeyer to shoot the images for their DM campaign for the Amsterdam toga creators house of Bernard Poelman. Today I got some pictures of the final result. A nice little mail piece, well done!

Art director Francel van der Schilden Copy Roeland Verboom

  ⎯ Mail piece and some of the images.

⎯ Mail piece and some of the images.

Wolfskinder. A post-war story.

A great example of inspiration has been the series 'Wolfskinder' by Claudia Heinermann. Heinermann is a German photographer from Iserlohn who also works in the Netherlands. She photographed the German war orphans of WW 2 who we were living in hiding for years in the forests of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on the run for the Russian army. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union their lives changed completely. A wonderful social realist documentary series with accompanying book 'Wolfkinder. A post-war story'. Check www.wolfskinder.eu and www.claudiaheinermann.fotoplek.nl.

  ⎯ From 'Wolfskinder. A post-war story'. Courtesy of Claudia Heinermann.

⎯ From 'Wolfskinder. A post-war story'. Courtesy of Claudia Heinermann.

  ⎯ From 'Wolfskinder. A post-war story'. Courtesy of Claudia Heinermann.

⎯ From 'Wolfskinder. A post-war story'. Courtesy of Claudia Heinermann.