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CA Position: photo journalist and visual storyteller Kadir van Lohuizen

Lecture 22.09.20

CA Positions
Tuesday 22.09.20, 16.30 – 18.00

BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Art and Design

745, Viscosistadt, Nylsuisseplatz 1, 6020 Emmenbrücke
Camera Arts / Media Lab, 1. OG

Wearing masks is obligatory

See also:
Kadir van Lohuizen’s online Position

After us the deluge, the human consequences of the rising sea level

Already in 2012, Kadir van Lohuizen started to work on a project where he was looking into regions in the world where people already felt the effect of the rising sea level. In 2018 he expanded the project with some other regions and produced a TV series about the same topic.
In his lecture, Kadir van Lohuizen will discuss the fundamental challenge visual storytellers have, to find ways to make invisible and abstract matters visible.


Kiribati. Rising Sea Levels: Where Will We Go?, 2015-ongoing
Miami. Rising Sea Levels: Where Will We Go?, 2015-ongoing
Netherlands. Rising Sea Levels: Where Will We Go?, 2015-ongoing
Bangladesh. Rising Sea Levels: Where Will We Go?, 2015-ongoing

Kadir van Lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands, 1963) has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas.

He started to work as a professional freelance photojournalist in 1988 covering the Intifada. In the years following, he worked in many conflict areas in Africa, such as Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Liberia and the DR of Congo. From 1990 to 1994 he covered the transition in South Africa from apartheid to democracy.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kadir covered social issues in different corners of the former empire. In 1997 he embarked on a big project to travel along the seven rivers of the world, from source to mouth, covering daily life along these lifelines. The project resulted in the book “Rivers” and “Aderen” (Mets & Schilt).

Kadir has received numerous prizes and awards in photojournalism. In 2000 and 2002 Kadir was a jury member of the World Press Photo contest and is currently on the supervisory board of the World Press Photo foundation.

In 2004 he went back to Angola, Sierra Leone and the DR of Congo to portray the diamond industry, following the diamonds from the mines to the consumer markets in the western world. The exhibitions that resulted from this project were not only shown in Europe and the USA, but also in the mining areas of Congo, Angola and Sierra Leone. The photo book “Diamond Matters, the diamond industry” was published by Mets & Schilt (Holland), Dewi Lewis (UK) and Umbrage editions (USA) and awarded the prestigious Dutch Dick Scherpenzeel Prize for best reporting on the developing world. The project was also recognized with a World Press Photo Award.

In that same year, Kadir initiated a photo project together with Stanley Greene and six other photographers on the issue of violence against women around the world.

After hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, he made several trips to the USA to document the aftermath of the storm. In the summer of 2010, to mark the fifth commemoration of Hurricane Katrina, Kadir exhibited images of Katrina’s devastation and the aftermath in a truck-exhibition that drove from Houston to New Orleans, a project in collaboration with Stanley Greene.

In 2007 Kadir was one of the co-founders of NOOR images, the agency he is currently still represented by.

From 2011 to 2012, Kadir created Via PanAm; a visual investigation on migration in the Americas. In 12-months, he travelled along the Pan American Highway from Terra del Fuego in Patagonia to Deadhorse in Northern Alaska. Originally made as an interactive application for the iPad, Via PanAm was also made into a traveling interactive multimedia based exhibition, installation and a book.

With the project Where will we go, Kadir looked at the global consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change. The project is designed to highlight both the immense complexities associated with in-island and inter-island/country movement, and the human rights implications involved in such displacements.

With the project ‘Wasteland’, Kadir recently looked into six mega cities in the world who they managed or mismanaged their waste. It resulted in a multimedia project where he used stills, video, drone footage and audio. The Washington Post dedicated a special 16 page supplement to the project.

Together with Yuri Kozyrev, Kadir wins the Carmignac Photojournalism prize for their story proposal on the Arctic.
The Washington Post publishes a special supplement: Arctic, new frontier, An exhibition is touring.

In 2018 Kadir starts working on a TV series for Dutch public television about the rising sea level. The series consists of four episodes, 50 minutes each, where Kadir visits regions in the world where he was before and includes new regions. He is the presenter and also the photographer in the program. The series is also the kickoff of a new exhibition ‘Rising tide’ which started ate the Maritime museum in Amsterdam.

Kadir is a frequent lecturer and photography teacher and is based in Amsterdam.

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