John Vink


Tenants evicted from Dey Krahorm waiting to be assigned a home promised by the 7NG company, Damnak Trayoung (Phnom Penh), Cambodia, 2009.

Born in Belgium, John Vink studied photography at the fine arts school of La Cambre in 1968 and began working as a freelance journalist three years later.

He first came to public attention in 1986 when awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for Water in Sahel, a two-year documentary project on water management involving migrant and sedentary populations of the Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso and Senegal.

From 1987 to 1993, Vink worked on Refugees in the World, an extensive statement about refugee camp life in India, Mexico, Thailand, Pakistan, Iraq, Malawi, Bangladesh, Angola and others. Community life in the mountainous regions of Guatemala, Laos and the Georgian Caucasus was also chronicled in Peuples d’en Haut.

Vink has been based in Cambodia since 2000. He documents land issues and other social issues, including the Khmer Rouge trials. In 2012, he published Quest for Land for the iPad, compiling 11 years of work on land issues in Cambodia. He became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1997.

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