I am an artist born in Netherlands. When I was young I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I studied history and at the same time I did some painting, photography and played music in a band. I liked Frank Zappa and The Kinks.
I quit painting and music (lousy painter / mediocre musician) and focused on journalism, took it more professionally. I did writing and photography. After a time, I concentrated in photo.
In 2002 a friend of mine, editor of a Dutch magazine, asked me to join him on a trip to Mozambique. I was very much interested because of the long term war consequences of this country. But he wanted to publish something completely different. My task: to photograph decentralization of administration, supported by Dutch development aid.
-My goodness… is there anything more interested than that? – I asked my friend.
-No, no, no.
-Ok, let’s go.
I thought more about it and it sounded interesting after a while. So we started visiting offices and government employees. The first pictures were in black and white (a lot of my work at the time was in b&w). After Mozambique I decided to continue portraying these bureaucrats behind their desks. I asked a journalist, also friend of mine, Will Tinnemans, to join me on the next chapter: India. That’s how the project Bureaucratics started. I used b/w and color. When I saw the results, I thought, this is so much better in color. After India, we went on (...)
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