Über den Fotoblog

Jeden Monat ein anderer Experte. Wir laden bekannte Blogger und Spezialisten aus der internationalen Fotoszene ... Read more »

About the Blog

Another expert every month: We invite well-known bloggers and specialists from the international photography scene... Read more »

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.

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 10.40.59 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 10.40.07

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.

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 10.40.24 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 10.39.28 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 10.39.39

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

The beautiful portraits of Yagazie Emezi

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.14.59

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.

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.15.06 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.15.17 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.15.26 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.15.42

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

Exhibition: New Dutch Photography Talent

New Dutch Photography Talent J Bastmeijer

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.

New Dutch Photography Talent book by Joost Bastmeijer

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:

The shore of Saint-Louis, by photographer Joost Bastmeijer Amman, Jordan, by J. Bastmeijer A Yazd church by photographer Joost Bastmeijer A photo of Esfahan by Joost Bastmeijer

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

ARP in Kenya: a Maasai Beauty Pageant

Joost Bastmeijer portraits

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.

Joost Bastmeijer masai Maasai Beauty Pageant by Joost Bastmeijer Photography Joost Bastmeijer maasai

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.

Joost Bastmeijer kenya Joost Bastmeijer Joost Bastmeijer picture

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.

Joost Bastmeijer photo Joost Bastmeijer

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

Kibera Stories by Brian Otieno

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.45.56Hi! 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 month, on the Hatje Cantz Fotoblog, I’ll be sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye. Today, I’d like you introduce you to Brian Otieno, aka Bryan Jaybee, the guy behind ‘Kibera Stories‘.

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.45.11 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.45.01 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.45.29

To me, Brian is one of Kenya’s leading photo journalists. Not only because of his pictures are brilliant, also because of the fact that he has access to parts that for others, will remain hidden. He was born and raised in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest urban shantytowns. He started the online photo project Kibera Stories in 1993, and has been published a lot since then. Just a month ago, he was rewarded the EAPA 2018 award for the picture below. You can follow Brian on Instagram via Bryan Jaybee, Storitellah and Kibera Stories.

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.44.44

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

“How I Ended Up with my Face On a McDonald’s Advert in China – A Cautionary Tale”

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 12.28.33

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.

As a photographer and photo book editor myself, I know how annoying it can be that people are getting more and more aware of their rights when it comes to photography. Also in African countries, people I’d like to portray often want money if I ask them if I could take a picture. Their reasoning is often: “I’m not sure what you’re going to do with this picture” and “You’re going to make money off this, so you need to pay me as well.”

This can be annoying, because a lot of picture-perfect moments are lost while you are having these kinds of conversations – every spontaneity and realness is gone. At the other hand: of course, these are fair points. Because yes, I sometimes make money off the pictures I sell to magazines and no, you shouldn’t just comply with any stranger that wants to take a picture of you.

So now, every time I’m on an assignment, I’m wearing a lot of consent forms with me for anyone I’d like to photograph. I’ve also worked on big, international photo book publications, for which we could only use pictures that actually came with a rather complicated, signed ‘model release form’. This is also annoying, if you know how much great street photography is out there – 70% of it can’t be used. Afraid for any kind of claim, book publishers rather go for the safer option: we will not publish any portraits, as long as the portrayed haven’t signed a model consent form.

As a photographer or editor, it can be hard to see it from another perspective: the perspective of the portrayed. So when I came across this eye-opening Twitter thread, I had to share it. In short: a South African woman was portrayed for a University photography project, the photographer sold all the (rights of the) pictures to a stock images libary, and now the woman sees her face on hundreds of adverts, websites and even on a Chinese McDonald’s menu. And the most disturbing thing is: she even signed one of these model consent forms! To read her whole, cautionary story, click below or look it up on Twitter.

Read more »

The world through the lens of Pie

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.30.59

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 month, on the Hatje Cantz Fotoblog, I’ll be sharing pictures of some (African and Dutch) photographers that caught my eye. Today, I’d like you introduce you to the jaw-dropping pictures of Dutch photographer Pie Aerts.

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.31.16 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.31.33

I’ve been following Pie for a while now, and I’m not exaggerating if I say that he has developed himself as one of the most talented and leading photographers of the next generation of Dutch photographers. It doesn’t matter if he shoots people, wildlife or landscapes – all images strike me as special.

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.38.02

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.30.21

Pie quit his job to pursue his dream: telling stories through his photography. He’s currently traveling for his first photo book, which will be created in cooperation with Amsterdam-based photo book makers MENDO. It will be focused on Pie’s second Instagram account: @because.people.matter. If you’d like to read more about Pie, check out this interview or follow him on Instagram.

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.37.38

Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.30.07 Schermafbeelding 2018-11-06 om 11.30.36

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