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.

Grays the mountain sends - Bryan Schutmaat

Unlike his typical Dutch name suggests, Bryan Schutmaat is an American photographer from Texas. And it shows. Unmistakable. His book 'Grays the mountain sends' from 2013 has been a great inspiration from the moment I saw this really beautiful series at the 2014 Breda Photo Festival. Mainly because the scenery is so clearly present in almost every picture. But also the melancholy, stillness and the marked by life protagonists. Unfortunately, the book is out of print and no longer available but check his website www.bryanschutmaat.com.

⎯ From 'Grays the mountain sends'. Courtesy of Bryan Schutmaat.

⎯ From 'Grays the mountain sends'. Courtesy of Bryan Schutmaat.

⎯ From 'Grays the mountain sends'. Courtesy of Bryan Schutmaat.

⎯ From 'Grays the mountain sends'. Courtesy of Bryan Schutmaat.

Hiroshi Sugimoto in FOAM Amsterdam

At present FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam runs an exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto. The Japanese artist and photographer is exhibiting an overview of 40 years of work including a series of images he did in the mid 70's in the American Natural History Museum in New York. Coincidentally, without being aware, I shot the same series in 2014 ...

 ⎯ Deer. Image © Rob Severein 2014. All rights reserved.

⎯ Buffaloes. Image © Rob Severein 2014. All rights reserved.

⎯ Buffaloes. Image © Rob Severein 2014. All rights reserved.

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Hello, my name is Rob Severein. I am a photographer and art director and this is my blog. Here I post news about my work, publications, exhibitions and new work sometimes. I also show things that inspire me, other people's work, books or things that I just like. If you are interested in my portfolio just see the Stories section. Thank you for stopping by.