GPP Talks with Kadir van Lohuizen (part 2)

Join us on Thursday, September 29 at 7pm for an artist talk and Q&A session with Kadir van Lohuizen. In this one hour talk, the photographer Kadir van Lohuizen will cover his project Wasteland and ongoing work on Food For Thought.


This event has limited seating, so RSVP to secure your spot! 




After working on climate / environmental stories over the last few years it makes sense for me to start an investigative visual project where I will look into what we do with the waste we produce (household, industrial, sewage). I will look into both the problems and the solutions in this context. With a sharp increase in the world population and growing economies in different parts of the world, we are producing more waste then ever. Mainly in Europe and the US our trash is invisible, in other parts of the world its more visible in the form of trash dumps.

I have visited six major cities to see how waste is managed or mismanaged: New York, Sao Paulo, Lagos, Amsterdam, Jakarta and Tokyo.




After the success of Rising Sea Levels and Wasteland, Kadir van Lohuizen embarks on a new visual project researching and tracking global food systems. Starting from his home country the Netherlands, which is the 2nd food exporter in the world. He investigates the impact our food consumption has on the environment, public health and economy.


Food Production is responsible for at least 25% of global greenhouse emissions, putting increasing pressure on the world’s food supplies. Desertification, droughts, wildfires, floods and rising seas are leading to loss of land and decreased yields.


But the climate crisis is not the sole disruptor of our food supply chain. Covid-19 made us realise that pandemics are very much related to what and how we eat. It has brought food uncertainty to the West’s doorstep.


What are we doing to build more resilient and agile food systems that can adapt to a changing environment and respond to disruptions? Can we produce locally? Where will the next decade lead us? More mega farms? Vertical farms in cities? Or even an animal free food production?




About the Artist

Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands, 1963) has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas. He started to work as a professional freelance photojournalist in 1988 covering the Intifada. In the years following, he worked in many conflict areas in Africa, such as Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Liberia and the DR of Congo.  


Kadir has received numerous prizes and awards in photojournalism. In 2000 and 2002 Kadir was both a jury member of the World Press Photo contest and on the supervisory board of the World Press Photo foundation. His photo book Diamond Matters, the diamond industry was published by Mets & Schilt (Holland), Dewi Lewis (UK) and Umbrage editions (USA) and awarded the prestigious Dutch Dick Scherpenzeel Prize for best reporting on the developing world. The project was also recognized with a World Press Photo Award, and his work Wasteland received 1st World Press Photo Prize in the Environmental category. In 2018, Kadir van Lohuizen and photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev were the laureates of the 9th Prix Carmignac for Photojournalism, where they undertook a year long expedition through the Arctic, documenting the consequences of the climate crisis.


Kadir is a frequent lecturer and photography teacher and is based in Amsterdam.