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

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

John Vink

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 despite efforts by the UNHCR, living conditions for many are difficult. Scattered in camps with shelters in the Hezbollah controlled Beqaa Valley or in empty…

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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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Damned

Damned

Cambodia is developing fast, creating profound social shifts. It needs ever increasing numbers of Megawatts to feed its growth. Cambodia has rivers. Particularly in the more varied terrain of the…

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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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The Cycle of Rice

The Cycle of Rice

For centuries rice was a staple food in Cambodia and most of the social and religious activities of its citizens were shaped by the growing of rice which itself is…

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