born 12.05.1951 Medan, Sumatra in the former Dutch colony Indonesia


lives the first 12 years roaming between Indonesia, the Netherlands and Germany before settling with his parents in the Netherlands


early interest in painting, writing, film and photography


went to art-school in the late 70th to become a painter and there made the switch to the medium photography


attracted attention with the project Stadsstillevens (City-stills), depicting street-scapes of Amsterdam in a documentary tradition which was in breach with the then ongoing Dutch tradition of social photography


established Fragment Publishers with some friends to rejuvenate the almost extinct tradition of well published photo-books in the Netherlands. Published books by Ed van der Elsken, Cas Oorthuys, Johan van der Keuken, Hans Aarsman, Henze Boekhout and Wout Berger among others


between 1976 and 1981 travels regularly to the Caribbean and becomes involved in the struggle for land-rights of the indigenous Indian tribes of Surinam


meets the photographer Theo Baart while both working on the Rijksmuseum assignment Post-war Housing in the Netherlands. This led to regular collaborative projects and publications and a long-lasting friendship


our first project Nagele N.O.P. was a follow-up on the Rijksmuseum project depicting a village on new - manmade - polder-land. I focused on the designed landscape and the architecture of this modernistic model village


became fully involved in landscape photography as a means of reflecting on culture


was awarded the Amsterdam City Maria Austria Prize for my landscape photography


in collaboration with TB initiated the project Snelweg/Highways in the Netherlands in which we photographed this 'forgotten landscape' representing the turbulent economic progress and presented the landscape of the highways as not just a means for moving towards a goal but as a place or landscape in itself


together with TB established Ideas on Paper Publishers to publish Snelweg without making commercial compromises and as a means for facilitating future projects


started the project Memory Traces in which landscape, history and (personal) memory are interrelated and photographed in Bikini, Sarajevo, Chernobyl, Japan and Vietnam amongst others. Later decided to include writings. Memory Traces is published by Ideas on Paper in December 2009


was invited in 2008 by the European Eyes on Japan project to photograph Nagasaki from the perspective of it's history

since some years works on a project about the devastating effects of the European-subsidized introduction of Eucalyptus plantations for low-grade paper production in Portugal 

works in public collections:

Municipal Archives Amsterdam / Rijksmuseum Amsterdam / Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst Den Haag / Worldmuseum Rotterdam / Municipal Collection Almere / Ministry of Agriculture Den Haag / Nieuwland Erfgoed Centum, Lelystad / George Eastman House Rochester NY