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Photographer

TOMAS VAN HOUTRYVE

BASED IN FRANCE

BIOGRAPHY

Tomas van Houtryve is a photographer, artist and author who engages critical contemporary issues around the world.

Initially a student in philosophy, Tomas developed a passion for photography while enrolled in an overseas university program in Nepal. Immediately after graduation in 1999, he devoted himself fully to photojournalism, starting out with the Associated Press in Latin America. He was the first AP photographer to cover the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and in 2002 he traveled to Kandahar to photograph families of the Guantánamo inmates.

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Tomas left AP in 2003 to concentrate on large-scale personal projects, starting with the Maoist rebellion in Nepal. The resulting photos of the rebels’ rise to power earned wide recognition including the Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan Young Photographer Award and the Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents.

In 2006 Tomas was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers. He was awarded an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 2008, and in 2010 he was named the POYi Photographer of the Year.

Tomas’ first monograph book, Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism, was published in Spring 2012. The seven-year-long project documents life in the last countries where the Communist Party remains in power: North Korea, Cuba, China, Nepal, Vietnam, and Laos. The series won the 2012 POYi World Understanding Award.

In 2013 Tomas began working on Blue Sky Days, a drone’s-eye view of America. Images from the project were first published in Harper’s as the largest photo portfolio in the magazine’s 164-year history. The series was awarded the 2015 ICP Infinity Award and honors from POYi, World Press Photo, and the White House News Photographer’s Association.

Tomas has had solo exhibitions of his work in Paris, New York City, Spain and Italy. Many of his photographs of intense political actions are distinguished by their intimacy. Tomas is frequently interviewed on radio and television and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ARTE and France 5.

NEWS
In Drones We Trust

Photographic Museum of Humanity 2015 Grant

April 28, 2015

In Drones We Trust

ICP Infinity Awards

February 26, 2015

Syrian Refugees

72nd POYi Awards

February 23, 2015

In Drones We Trust

World Press Photo Awards 2015

February 12, 2015

BOOKS
FILMS

Open Secret

FACEBOOK

Mine Eats City

High in Peru’s Andes mountains sits Cerro de Pasco, a 400-year old city which is being [...]

Paris, Elsewhere

After the November 13th terrorists attacks on Paris, Tomas van Houtryve walked around the city [...]

Baku Boomtown

As a birthplace of the petroleum industry, Baku’s fortunes have long been linked with [...]

Half Belgium

Belgium’s language border was established in 1963 with the hope of putting an end to the [...]

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