Joost Bastmeijer

Joost Bastmeijer (@joostbastmeijer) is a photo journalist in Africa. As the editorial coordinator of MENDO, he also creates and curates photo books.

Joost Bastmeijer (@joostbastmeijer) is a photo journalist in Africa. As the editorial coordinator of MENDO, he also creates and curates photo books.

Vibrant Ghana, as captured by Prince Gyasi

Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. I’m also the editorial coordinator of MENDO, and Amsterdam-based company that initiates, creates and designs photo books. I’m taking over the Hatje Cantz photo blog, this November. I’ll be sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye.

This time, I’d like you introduce you to the extremely vibrant pictures of my Ghanaian friend Prince Gyasi. He’s an iPhone photographer, who is sharing his life in his hometown Accra, via curated images that are overflowing with colour.

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When Prince is not busy taking pictures, he’s working on BoxedKids, an NGO run by him and his partner. The nonprofit aims to help creative but underprivileged boys and girls from Ghana, by stimulating their creativeness and giving them (art) education.

You can follow Prince on Instagram.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

The beautiful portraits of Yagazie Emezi

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. I’m also the editorial coordinator of MENDO, and Amsterdam-based company that initiates, creates and designs photo books. This November, I’ll be sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye.

Today, I’d like you introduce you to the beautiful portraits of Yagazie Emezi, a photographer from Aba, Nigeria I’ve been following for a couple of years now – she counts as one of my big examples when it comes to photography. Her portraits are so vivid and full of life, that they truly represent what West Africa is all about.

Although her work is stunning, they often evolve around heavy subjects, focused on African women and their stories surrounding health, sexuality, education and beauty standards. Emezi has been published by major media outlets like The Washington Post, TIME Magazine and The New York Times. I highly recommend you follow her on Instagram.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

Exhibition: New Dutch Photography Talent

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Every year, Amsterdam-based photography magazine GUP publishes a photo book annex catalogue that “celebrates the best emerging Dutch photography talents of the year”. The hardcover publication will be launched tomorrow, simultaneously with a big exhibition showcasing the work of all selected photographers. The exhibition will run from 24 November to 16 December 2018 in Amsterdam’s Melkweg Expo.

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The photo book has a print run of 3.000 copies and will be globally distributed to galleries, museums, commercial and photography agencies, media companies and institutions that work with imagery. The awe-inspiring collection of pictures is selected by a jury consisting of Roy Kahmann and Willemijn van der Zwaan of Kahmann Gallery, photographer Bastiaan Woudt and the GUP Magazine team.

I’m very excited to share that I am also selected as one of the ‘New Dutch Photography Talents’ of 2019! You can find these four of my pictures in the book and exhibition:

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Take a look at joostbastmeijer.com/countries to see more photography by Joost Bastmeijer. 

ARP in Kenya: a Maasai Beauty Pageant

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Hi! My name is Joost Bastmeijer, a photo journalist currently traveling through Africa. This month, I will be taking over the Hatje Cantz Fotoblog. For this post, I’d like to introduce you to 10 fabulous girls I have met on a recent photo assignment for Amref Health Africa. For more of my photography work, you can check out my website.

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In many Maasai communities, female circumcision or ‘female genital mutilation’ (FGM) is a common ritual practice, associated with the transition from a girlhood to adulthood and marriage. ‘The cut’ kills many girls, who can be as young as eight years old when they undergo the ceremonial ceremony. On the eve of an alternative rite of passage (with the festivities, but without the circumcision), I attended a beauty pageant organized to empower the young girls of Maasai tribes surrounding Olentoko, a region in Kenya.

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I asked the girls, filled with self-confidence after their ‘catwalk’ run outside the school building, if I could photograph them in a class room that was used for anti FGM classes earlier that day. The beauty pageant was organized in order to show Maasai girls that they are indeed beautiful, to let them feel appreciated and celebrated by their community. After the beauty pageant, a candle light ceremony was concluded by prayers and blessings from the Maasai elders, completing the first day of ceremonies.

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Also see Joost Bastmeijer’s blog or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.