About 

In the most diverse places Den Ouden discovered – often in the margins of the ‘global village’- how people, despite of Western arrogance, of political suppression and lack of economic progress, maintain their dignity in the struggle to preserve their culture and their land.


Annette Den Ouden graduated at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam in 1988 and lives in Amsterdam.

She received het first Stipend of the Foundation of Visual Arts Design and Architecture (FBKVB) in 1990 and set off on a photo trip around the world that would last 20 months.
On a smaller grant she travelled for ten months exploring Tibet, Ladakh and the Tibetans in exile in the refugee camps in India.

She’s still ‘en photo route’ about anywhere from three to six months out of the year.


Find Annettes’ CV here


Exhibitions

• Rijksmuseum in Leiden: His Land and His People, photos made in Tibet, Ladakh, China and India
• National Photo Institute (NFI) in Rotterdam: a Global Touch, S. America, Russia, USA., Tibet, a.o.
• Photogallery de Melkweg in Amsterdam: Silver Horses, Mongolia, Tibet, Kazakhzstan, Khyrgizia and Uzbekizsta
• The Hangar, Ummam, Beirut: Inara, the Middle East and Iran.
Group Exhibitions
• Photo Festival Noorderlicht: Dia Salva, (photos made in Guatemala, Northern Mexico and Chiapas).
• Photo Festival Naarden: Beautiful Freak, (photos made in San Francisco).
• Association of Photographers London: Best Photo of the Year.  
• Photo festival Noorderlicht: Nazar (Photos from the Middle East).




Presentation of the book ‘a Global Touch’ and exhibition in the NFI (Dutch Photo Institute) in Rotterdam:

In 1990, two years after graduating from the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, Annette Den Ouden was granted a Stipend from the Foundation of Visual Arts, Design and Architecture in Amsterdam.

She packed a backpack and set out on a photographic solo-trip around the world that would last twenty months.

By participating in the daily lives of the local people she met with a great variety of cultures. In the most diverse places Den Ouden discovered – often in the margins of the ‘global village’- how people, despite of Western arrogance, of political suppression and lack of economic progress, maintain their dignity in the struggle to preserve their culture and their land.

The photographic work of Den Ouden springs from a long tradition of humanistic documentary photography

from Eugene Smith to Sebastian Salgado – in which from a strong social engagement account is given of social injustice and human suffering, by means of photo-reportage or photo-essays in which at the same time the universal human dignity is emphasized. The strong black and white contrasts, the making of photographs against the light and the theatrical compositions of Den Ouden are representative for the development within this documentary tradition with a stronger emphasis on the esthetic aspects of the work and the autonomous character of the single photograph.

Frits Gierstberg Curator NFI in Rotterdam



Books

‘a Global Touch’ (ISBN 90 74719 147) published by Express-zó 1996 in the Netherlands
‘Inara’ (ISBN 978-9953-0-1358-9) published by Alarm Editions 2009 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Many national and international art,- and photo magazines as well as daily newspapers published articles about her work. All photos in both books are made with grants and stipends from Dutch art foundations mainly the ‘Foundation of Visual Arts Design and Architecture in Amsterdam’ (FBKVB).