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Sven Torfinn July 3, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mozambique.
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Mozambique, Maputo, November 2004

Sven Torfinn, (Belgium, b.1971) studied photography at the Academy for Fine Arts Sint Joost in Breda, The Netherlands from 1990 to 1995. After a small stray off to fashion photography, he worked as a freelancer for Dutch media. In 1999 Sven Torfinn moved to Namibia where he briefly worked for Reuters and contributed to a countrywide HIV/Aids campaign in corporation with UNICEF. In 2000 Sven Torfinn based himself in Nairobi, Kenya, from where he travels all over the continent, working on assignments for Dutch and International media and NGO’s. Among them De Volkskrant, Elsevier, Economist, The Guardian, Observer, Time, Medicine Sans Frontiers, WHO, Action Aid. His work is represented in Europe by Hollandse Hoogte and Panos Pictures in London. His awards include: World Press Photo (2005), Zilveren Camera Awards (2003, 2005) and the Dick Scherpenzeel prize (2006).

About the Photograph:

After his first encounter with East and Central Africa, Sven “concluded” that just as correspondents, photographers should base themselves in a particular region, instead of traveling around the globe from one hot spot to the other. By living on a continent like Africa the chance is bigger that you develop an understanding for it, and the produced pictures could start showing something more than the already known image of wars, famines and other disasters. For this image Sven comments: “This a continent of young people. They are in the majority, they don’t have the lead yet, but soon…” in other words Sven is hopeful.

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