Henk Wildschut

Henk Wildschut (Harderwijk, NL, 1967) studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

As a socially engaged photographer, Wildschut gives account of socio-political phenomena in the form of all-embracing surveys. His projects are broadly about uprooting and alienation; about people who through misfortune or other inescapable circumstances find themselves forced to improvise in order to survive.

Wildschut is always keenly aware of the ethical questions involved, and consequently makes no secret of his moral scepticism which forms a tangible subtext of his photography. It is precisely due to the delicate balance between functional aesthetics and the human drama that Wildschut's unique style of documentation succeeds in evoking in the attentive reader a special kind of empathy which is more authentic than what we might feel from a rushed, sentimentality-tinged piece of journalism. This vulnerable but honest and forthright form of reporting is the true source of Wildschut's believable impact.

Most of his projects make their way in self-published photobooks. His project around European illegal immigration in 2006 resulted in 3 publications he published together with designer Robin Uleman: Sheler (2011), Ville de Calais (2017), and Rooted (2019).

As a member of the master Photography and Society team, Henk wants to contribute with a more practical approach. His aim is to stimulate and support the students to shape their theoretical ideas into a visual outcome.


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