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Already at primary school, Voeten showed an interest at journalism, being the editor at the school paper. Over the years he moved on, publishing in major outlets such as Vanity Fair and Newsweek, but in the meantime never shunning small and independent publications.

Here you find a selection of his articles, photostories, reviews and more. The handwritten dispatches from the genocide in Rwanda, his notorious essay ‘Neo Vulturism in Contemporary Documentary Photography’, his latest work on Mexico, the many interview held with Voeten over time, his much discussed opinion articles and much, much more.

 

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Essays and Opinion

Reviews and Interviews

Tear Sheets

All photos © Teun Voeten / All photos are protected by international copyright law.




Over the years, Voeten has covered the conflicts in Angola, Liberia, Colombia, Gaza, Lebanon, Honduras, Iraq and Iran. He has won numerous awards for his work published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New Yorker and National Geographic, among others. Voeten is also a contributing photographer for organizations such as the International Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations.


"Trained as an anthropologist, Voeten considers each shot scientifically, relying on simple, stark realism to capture humanity at its most exposed and most present. He acutely understands the ethical questions behind photographing humans at their most vulnerable, in the throes of loss and despair, sometimes even just moments before death. And, he says it is crucial to realize when one's work approaches the edge of voyeurism and exploitation, and to treat those moments with great respect and tasteful care."
--Brentney Hamilton in Dallas Observer (2012)


"Teun Voeten has found yet another frontier in the great American experiment - the one underground, in the tunnels of Manhattan - and delivered it to us in an utterly charming and fascinating account. Part anthropologist and part journalist, Voeten dwells in a unknown world that most of us simply pass by in a hurry. To fully know America, one most follow Voeten into her depths. There is much there to admire and, yes, to learn from"
--Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of "The Perfect Storm" and "War"


"Voeten is not someone who just poked his head in and squeaked, "hello?" into the darkness."
--Marc Singer, maker of the award winning tunnel documentary "Dark Days"


"The special thing about Teun Voeten’s photos is that they are linked to words. He is exceptional in his ability to express his knowledge, experiences and thoughts in writing, perhaps not applied specifically to particular photos, but associated with the things he experiences and which move him. In this way, the photos and words operate together. They create a world where the viewer and the reader seeks his way."
--Johan De Vos, Belgian Art Critic


"Voeten is no doubt one of the most adventurous reporters in the Netherlands"
--Vrij Nederland, NL


"Teun Voeten behoort tot de generatie jonge fotografen die in de traditie van 'human interest'- en reportagefotografie werkt. Hij is een eigenzinnige en gedreven freelancer. Zijn foto's getuigen van een diepgaande inleving in het onderwerp en van een persoonlijk betrokken visie op gebeurtenissen en mensen, of dit nu de 'tunnelmensen' in New York, de rebellen in Sierra Leone of de Dinka's in Soedan zijn."
--Fotolexicon


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Essays and Opinion

By Teun Voeten

 

photoq teun voeten oorlogsfotografie
2017 - 06: opinion, NRC
NL
Vergeet het klassieke slagveld. Welkom in de hybride oorlog

ISIS has declared war to the West. Voeten analyses the current war with radical Islam as hybrid warfare.
Online version Dutch PDF version Dutch
photoq teun voeten oorlogsfotografie
2016 - 10: opinion, The Post Online
NL
Wekker en Dekker bepleiten Repressie en Regressie

Voeten criticizes the intolerant and irrational attack of political correct diversity advocates on our universities
Online version Dutch
photoq teun voeten oorlogsfotografie
2015 - 11: opinion, Politico
EN
Molenbeek Broke my Heart

Voeten looks back on Molenbeek and ponders why it became Jihadi Central. Shared more as 25.000 times, read by a million people worldwide.
Online version English
photoq teun voeten oorlogsfotografie
2015 - 11: opinion, De Volkskrant, Le Courrier International
NL
FR
Zo werd Molenbeek jihadgetto

How Molenbeek's infrastructure combined with Belgium's ungovernability and culture of denial created the perfect European jihadi base.
Online version Nederlands
Online version Français
photoq teun voeten oorlogsfotografie
2015 - 08: Opinion, De Volkskrant
NL
Economische migrant valt gebrek aan solidariteit te verwijten

Accepting every migrant knocking on its doors will mean the end of Europe as we know it, argues Teun Voeten.
Online version Nederlands
teun voeten dutch doc
2015 - 02: opinion , The Post Online
NL
The Immense PR Problem of Islam

Like it or not, most terrorism worldwide is Islam inspired. Moslims need to go the extra mile to transform Islam.
Online version Nederlands
teun voeten dutch doc
2014 - 10: opinion, De Volkskrant
NL
Treat Jihadis with Philosophy

Western Jihadis needs to be attacked with a smart combination of repressive and preventive tactics. Philosophy education might be an option.
Online version Nederlands
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2013 - 11: opinion, De Volkskrant
NL
EN
Black Pete and Racism.

Teun Voeten defends the Dutch 'Zwarte Piet' tradition that some see as outlandish racist and critizes Afrocentric discourse.
Online version Nederlands
PDF version English
teun voeten dutch doc
2012 - 06: opinion, PhotoQ
NL
Unbearable Lightness of Dutch doc

A critical essay on narcissistic, idiosyncratic and trivial tendencies in Dutch documentary photography.
Een kritisch essay over de stand van zaken in de Nederlandse documentaire fotografie, of wat daarvoor door moet gaan.
Online version Nederlands
photoq teun voeten oorlogsfotografie
2011 - 08: opinion, De Morgen
NL
Thou Art Fucked.

The UK riots as a struggle between the have-a-littles and the have-nots.
Online version Nederlands
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2011 - 02: opinion article, De Morgen
EN
NL
FR
New Course for a Ship Without Direction

A controversial essay on the urban problems of Brussels and particulary the ethnic neighborhood of Molenbeek.
Online version Nederlands
PDF version English
PDF version Français
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1994 - 11: essay, Camera Obscura, Intro A Ticket To
EN
Neo Vulturism in Contemporary Documentary Photography.

A sarcastic and biting essay on war photography, in which Voeten spares no one, not even himself. The essay, written in 1994, is compulsory literature on journalism academies in the Netherlands.
PDF version
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