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John Vink

John Vink (b. 1948) studied photography at the fine arts school of La Cambre in Brussels, in 1968. He has been a freelance journalist since 1971. He has worked on many long-term projects, the first of which on Italy, between 1984 and 1988. He came to public attention in 1986 when he was 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. He has worked on: Refugies (1994), an extensive statement about life in the refugee camps around the world, Peuples d’en Haut (2004), a chronicle of community life in mountainous regions of Guatemala, Laos and the Georgian Caucasus, and Quest for Land (2012), a collection of 11 years of work on land issues in Cambodia.