Vink


B. 1948
Belgian
Based in Brussels

John Vink was born in Belgium in 1948. He studied photography at the fine arts school of La Cambre in 1968 and began working as a freelance journalist three years later. He joined Agence Vu' in Paris in 1986 and won the Eugene Smith Award that year for his work Water in the Sahel, an extensive body of reportage on the management of water in the Sahel. Between 1987 and 1993 he compiled a major work on refugees around the world; the book Réfugiés was published in 1994. He created and published Themes a photography magazine dedicated to documentary photography.

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John Vink became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1997. In 1993 he started working on Peuples d’en Haut, published in 2004, which is a series of chronicles of communities with strong cultural identities living in mountainous areas. He was based in Cambodia from 2000 to 2016, a country he has visited since 1989, covering political and social issues through self-assigned stories. The book Avoir 20 Ans à Phnom Penh was published in 2000. In 2013 he created 4Rivers eBooks (http://www.4riversebooks.com/Mono/), dedicated to publishing e-books with his own work. Five ebooks have been published to this date. He is based back in Brussels, Belgium since August 2016. He resigned from Magnum in June 2017.

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Selected works

Migrants and Citizens

Migrants and Citizens

John Vink

When the “Calais Jungle” was dismantled a little more than one year ago, many migrants headed for Brussels to seek an alternative opportunity of crossing the Channel. They hang around the North Station in Brussels, mingling with refugees or refugee candidates to exchange information. Refugees wait for their status to be legalised, migrants wait before…

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Civil Society Resistances in Belgium

Civil Society Resistances in Belgium

The elections of D. Trump, the Brexit, the I.S. threat, the war in Ukraine, the emergence of totalitarianism in S.E.Asia, are just a few of scary symptoms of a rising…

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Cambodia: Khmer Rouge Trial

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge Trial

On July 26th 2010, the first verdict in the Khmer Rouge Trials was pronounced against Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, in charge of the S21 interrogation center between 1975 and…

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Cambodia, Women at the Forefront of Resistance

Cambodia, Women at the Forefront of Resistance

Cambodia has seen an accelerated erosion of democratic values and human rights over the last 15 years. The hope within the population of living in a peaceful country where one…

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Tour de France, 1985

Tour de France, 1985

The Tour de France is a mythical bicycle race, made of blood, sweat and mostly tarmac. Each year it attracts millions of spectators, scattered along the roads of France to…

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