Jeroen Toirkens (NL, 1971)
Jeroen Toirkens studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and has been working as an independent photographer and filmmaker since 1995. He focuses on social documentary photography and slow-journalism and has published extensively in national and international newspapers and magazines. He has earned many accolades during his career, including First Prize at the Silver Camera in 2009. He has published multiple books, most notably Nomad, where he followed nomadic tribes on the northern hemisphere. Toirkens’ work has been included in many private and public collections.
In his first book NOMAD (Lannoo, 2011) Toirkens creates a diverse and often poignant picture of nomadism in the 21st century. Jelle Brandt Corstius ( journalist and presenter, who accompanied Toirkens on a number of trips) wrote an extended essay for the book.
For his second book, SOLITUDE In the wake of Willem Barentsz (Lannoo, 2013) he worked together with writer Petra Sjouwerman. Inspired by the wanderlust and courage of the sixteenth century Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz they sketch an intimate portrait of people living in solitude in the Arctic North of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, an area called the Barents Region, Europe’s last true wilderness.