Photographers Archives: Thomas Vanden Driessche

Thomas Vanden Driessche ( was born in Leuven, Belgium, in 1979. Holder of a master’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in humanitarian management, he has been working for the United Nation Development program in Morocco, for the Belgian Red Cross and for the International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation to the European Union and the NATO. Freelance photographer working regularly for the Belgian news magazine Le Vif L’Express since 2010, Thomas joined the collective of belgian photographer Out Of Focus in February 2011 and is a nominee photographer at the photo agency Picturetank. Since early 2012, he is also a nominee photographer at the french photography agency Picturetank. Strongly attached to the “New Documentary Tradition”, his photography is often frontal and tries to split up reality with a special emphasis on portrait. His most recent photographic series tackle Contemporary India and its fast growing economy. Thomas lives and works for the moment in Brussels.

06/02/2012. A "illegal coal miner" returns home after a hard day's work in an apocalyptic territory on the outskirts of the town of Jharia.

Thomas Vanden Driessche | Kalaheera – Black Diamond

Ever since I was a child, I have heard that eskimos have dozens of different words to describe subtle nuances of white. When I arrived in Jharia, I couldn’t help wondering the same thing about the inhabitants of the largest mining area in India.


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