Photographers Archives: Tomas van Houtryve

Tomas-van-HoutryveTomas van Houtryve (, born in 1975 in America. He began working for the Associated Press in 1999 and was posted to Latin America. In 2003, Van Houtryve left AP to concentrate on large-scale projects, starting with the Maoist rebellion in Nepal. In 2006, he was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers. His 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, Laos and Moldova. The series won the 2012 POYi World Understanding Award.

PRIVATE 57 | INQUIRY – special VII photo agency

It’s common to hear photojournalists described as the eyes of the world, acting as witnesses to events that we would otherwise not see. To some extent this is true, but

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Tomas van Houtryve | Behind the Curtains

Over the course of seven years, award-winning documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve secured unprecedented access to North Korea, Cuba, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Moldova.


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