John 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

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge Trial

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge Trial

John Vink

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 1979, where about 15 000 people were tortured and killed. The first public hearing of the ECCC took place on November 20th 2007. The initial…

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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, 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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Hearths of Resistance

Hearths of Resistance

There was a surge in social and political turmoil during the 18 months after the 2013 legislative elections in Cambodia. With the opposition CNRP gaining a surprising 55 of the…

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

The Syrian war has triggered a 1,5 million refugee flow towards Lebanon, starting in 2011. Since 6 years the burden is immense on the country with 6 million people, and…

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