articles teun voeten


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 thought provoking opinion articles and much, much more.



Photo Stories

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."

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Photo Stories

By Teun Voeten


teun voeten iraq kurdistan sinjar photography
2017 - 04 Knack
Mosul, tHE dirtiest War I've Ever Seen.

Photos from the frontlines of Mosul, and from liberated villages around where ISIS fighters have
PDF version
teun voeten iraq kurdistan sinjar photography
2016 - 08 CNN
What ISIS left Behind

Architectural photography with black and white film and Hasselblad from the annihillated town of Sinjar, Iraqi Kurdistan
Online version English
teun voeten syria aleppo photography
2015 - 02 De Volkskrant
Life in the Ruins of Aleppo

Photo Essay taken in the devastated city of Aleppo, Syria. On the Assad government controlled side of Aleppo, daily life goes on amidst scenes of utter destruction
Online version Nederlands
teun voeten brussels article
2010 - 07 Brussels Damn
Metal Fatigue

Black and white architectural photography reportage, taken with the Hasselblad about the dilapidated train stations in Brussels. Symbolic for the archaic state structure of Belgium and its all pervading culture of indifference.
PDF version
teun voeten mexico violence
2009 - 11 Mexico IS
Moordstad Juarez

Stark images of Juarez at night, shot for the Dutch ‘Internationale Samenwerking’ magazine.
PDF version
teun voeten congo
2009 - 08 DRC Damn
Wheels of Fortune

They look like contraptions straight out of the Flinstones. But the Congolese wooden transport bike called the Chukudu is an ingenious means of transportation.
PDF version
teun voeten china pollution
2008 - 06 China Damn
Dust and Ashes

Coal mining in the most polluted place on earth. Welcome to the city of Datong, Shanxi Province.
PDF version
teun voeten belgium id
2006 - 11 Belgium ID
Made in Belgium

There is more to Belgium as beer, waffles and chocolate. Its eclectic yet charming design culture keeps on amazing visitors. Shot for the American design magazine ID.
PDF version
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