Wednesday, April 2, 2014

One of us in trouble... let's help a colleague!

UPDATE 02-04-2014: 
Jonathan Waiter is still fighting the aggressive cancer in his body and is seeking our financial help for his treatment. 
"Very soon, I will undergo a second bone marrow transplant — an option previously made unavailable to me due to my bodies unnatural resistance to chemotherapy. I will be hospitalized for 30 days enduring 12x the amount of chemotherapy, purposefully brought to the brink of death to kill this parasitic beast taking up space with my cells inside me." 
Please help Jonathan by donating on or by paypal (for those without credit card like me) using 

Feature from 28-07-2012:
Photographer #242: Jonathan Waiter, 1980, was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma (stage 3 or 4), cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system. Tumors were found in the chest cavity, lungs and the surrounding major arteries. The cancer has also spread to his kidneys, liver and pancreas. His Medicaid application was denied and the information is currently being reviewed by his friends. They will be going through the motions to appeal the decision by way of a hearing. Jonathan himself is undergoing aggresive treatment while the medical bills are piling up.

Friends of Jonathan have started a fundraiser. As Jonathan is a freelance photographer (thus self employed) he is unable to make any money, has limited access to health coverage, no disability insurance and no paid sick time. However, he needs to cover his day to day expenses. This is our possibility to help a colleague who is truly in need.
I wish Jonathan, his family and friends all the best and strength.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The last twelve months...

Even though you did not have a chance to discover new photographers on the website in the last twelve months, I had an amazing year. This sounds a little strange, but ever since I started the break working for this website I have been very fortunate to do amazing projects and travel the world sharing what I have learned, sharing my vision and working hands-on with photography students to go deeper in their personal projects.

This is a summery of all the amazing things that happened to me from November 2012 until now. It does not include the writing for magazines and judging for various contests prior to these twelve months.
Images by Guatephoto
12 months ago I was in Guatemala after receiving an invitation from JJ Estrada, director of Guatephoto, to create a projection for the [DOT]COM exhibition. With a lot of excitement I had created my first expo with work of various photographers from this website including Thomas Wrede and Asger Carlsen. I was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism of the festival and the huge amount of people that came to see the various exhibits. Amongst the photographers exhibited were Erwin Olaf, Roger Ballen and Alejandro Cartagena. I would encourage everyone to go to the next Guatephoto event. I did a Q&A on stage of the Centro Cultural LUX and had portfolio reviews with Guatemalan photographers and students of La Fototeca.

In December I was honored to be one of the people selected as part of the Final Exam Committee of the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam. It was an intensive day yet a truly special position to be in and it was great to see the high level of photographers the Fotoacademie has released to Holland and the world.
Images by Floor Rietkerk, Ananda van der Pluijm and Tobias Asser
However, it was not as intense as the four days of portfolio reviews in Portland organized by PhotoLucida. Officially I looked at the work of 48 amazing photographers, however next to my official hours I couldn’t help to review portfolio’s of people that had not been assigned to me. I guess in total I had the pleasure of seeing 70 different and very talented image-creators. At least one photographer will make it onto this website as one of the last 45 photographers.

On a greyhound bus I left Portland heading to Los Angeles. Month of Photography LA (MOPLA) had asked me to create a projection for their closing night event. On the rooftop of a building, including drinks and music, I showed my Sublime and Divine projection. It included photographers from this website as well as image-makers that are not.
It was in the same week as Paris Photo LA, which I could ofcourse not have missed. I had been to Paris Photo before in France yet walking between the filmsets of the Paramount studios was a unique experience. Thanks to my perfect host Tara I got a real taste of the glamorous City of Angels.
In between all the events I had the pleasure of nominating two photographers for the Leopold Godowski Color Photography Awards as well as being a judge for the 2013 Critical Mass competition by PhotoLucida. Judging the work of 200 fine photographers was hard work, but absolutely fulfilling. I congratulate all those that are in the top 50. My personal favourite did not make it, but he will be shown as a special feature here on 500 Photographers.

In Armenia I had the pleasure of staying at the vacation resort of the Artists' Union of Armenia in Shorzha. Looking at a large array of work from painters and other artists was refreshing and interesting to me.
Images by Pieter Wisse

In August I left for a 5-day speedtrip to Dali, China. I was invited by Yan Li of the High Noon Culture & Art Corp to attend the 5th Dali International Photography Exhibition. It was very well organized and an experience to be in China for the first time. I had the pleasure of meeting a large number of photographers, talking about their work, looking at their exhibits or nosing through their portfolios. Some of them will make it on the list as one of the last 45. I will also have some of them as a special feature.

My last trip has been the best so far. Oscar Colorado Nates invited me to come to the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City for the first Fotowik. The entire week consisted of a lecture, several classes for the first year communication students and an intense workshop with the advanced photography students. Within one week they had to create a small series for me. By creating a safe environment, asking questions and really having the students dig deep into their souls, they were able to create something magnificent. I have never seen such a great accomplishment in my life and it was all due to the students themselves. I want to thank them for opening up and creating something profound for themselves. I will never forget them and miss them dearly.
Images by Oscar Colorado and Cesar Jasso

For those that think that I am now a rich man, sorry to disappoint you. All these wonderful trips have cost me more than I received. The photography world is a poor one, however, it makes me wake up with a smile and that is what truly matters.  I hope that I can create more workshops and projections in 2014, as well as writing for magazines and judging.

I hear you wonder when the last 45 photographers are going to be on this website. My sincere apologies for letting you wait this long. Somewhere in 2014 I will complete the list. Please be just a little more patient, I will reward you for it. Thanks for your undying support!

Love, Pieter

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

500 is in the US... Portland & Los Angeles

I have just arrived in Portland, Oregon where I am invited to review portfolio's in the next four days at the PhotoLucida Portfolio Reviews. Already I have had the pleasure to meet several photographers that are on this website.

After the intense four days of reviewing I will be heading to Los Angeles. Mopla (Month of Photography Los Angeles) invited me to create a special projection to be shown on April 25 and 27, which is also the closing night party. I have chosen the theme Sublime & Divine; A Painter's Eye. If you are in the neighbourhood, make sure to check it out. See the video above for the trailer.
The projection includes photographers alexandfelix, Jeff Bark, Laurence Demaison, Thomas Devaux, Eliot Lee Hazel, Billy Kidd, Nico Krijno, Richard Learoyd, Adeline Mai, Sayaka Maruyama, Maxwell Snow, Christian Tagliavini, Pim Top, Nicol Vizioli.

A lot has happened since my last post on this blog / website, and unfortunately you still have to be a little patient to find out about the last 45 photographers that will be completing the list. Both in my personal life and my photographic career a lot has occurred.
It is amazing to see that there are still a lot of photographers e-mailing their suggestions. Do not hesitate to e-mail if you haven't done so yet.

Do you want a tailor-made 500 Photographers projection at your photography event or are you interested in creating an exhibition? Do you need a curator or editor for a magazine, book or any other publication? Do not hesitate to contact me. I am also available for lectures and portfolio reviews. Is there any other way you think we can work together, let me know!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Trailer Guatephoto Festival 2012

500 Photographers will be showing a projection at the Guatephoto festival. I have carefully selected 20 Photographers to be shown at the [DOT]COM exhibition.
Together with Bart Dykstra (motion design & guitars) I have created a small teaser / trailer for the exhibit, just to get you in the mood.
I will be in Guatemala City between November 7 and 12, so don't hesitate to say hi if you are in the neighborhood.

Four websites have been asked to create a projection, including FlakphotoLenscratch and FotoVisura.
You can visit the [DOT]COM exhibit between November 7 and 25, 2012, at Avenida Las Américas 16-76, Zona 13, Guatemala City, Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 to 18h.
For more information on the [DOT]COM exhibit and all the other exhibitions and events at Guatephoto visit:

Do you want a tailor-made 500 Photographers projection at your photography event or are you interested in creating an exhibition? Do you need a curator or editor for a magazine, book or any other publication? Do not hesitate to contact me. I am also available for lectures and portfolio reviews. Is there any other way you think we can work together, let me know!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Update on 500 Photographers

Dear readers & followers,

After a silent period I thought it was time to let you know what is going on at 500 Photographers so you know what to expect the coming months and ofcourse to let you know when the remaining 45 photographers will be posted.
500 Photographers has been asked by Guatephoto, a photo festival in Guatemala city in November, to create a projection that will be shown at the new gallery of La Fototeca. In the converted movie theatre they will be placing four large screens projecting the work of this website and three other well respected and known websites simultaneously. Currently I am curating and producing the projection to make something that should make some jaws drop. Throughout the city there will be exhibitions including work from acclaimed photographers as Roger Ballen, Maleonn and Erwin Olaf.

At the same time I'm looking for the remaining 45 photographers that will be featured on this website to complete the list as well as creating things to be done after the website is completed. If you still want to suggest yourself or someone else you believe should be included: now is the time. Check the suggestions page and send me an e-mail. Make sure the photographers you suggest are truly special image makers with a clear signature.
As quality has been my highest priority throughout the process of creating this website, I'm not yet going to pinpoint the exact moment when the photographers will be posted on here. I'm excited about the festival in Guatemala, and excited to be finishing 500 Photographers.

To make sure you don't miss the moment when 500 continues you can subscribe to the rss feed above or like the facebook page.
For those people going to Guatephoto: it would be wonderful to meet you.

Friendly greetings, Pieter Wisse

Monday, July 16, 2012

NOW AVAILABLE: 2nd Limited Edition T-shirt

This is your chance to own the second limited edition 500 Photographers T-shirt and support the 500 Photographers project.
What do you get?
If you decide to buy one of the hundred T-shirts you'll be getting a unique, quality silk-screen printed, BLACK Fruit of the Loom Heavy Pocket T-shirt. It contains a small pocket on the left front side with the small front design and a large design on the backside. The securely send package comes with a 'Certificate of Authenticity' which includes the exact number of your T-shirt. This is on a 'first come first serve' basis. The first buyer will get number 1 of 100 and the last will be getting number 100 of 100. Also included is a variety of 500 Photographers stickers.
How can I purchase my T-shirt?
Below this message is a PayPal "Buy Now" button. Using your Paypal Account or credit card you can purchase your copy. Make sure to choose the correct destination (Outside Europe, Europe or The Netherlands) and the correct T-shirt size (Small all the way through XXL). Also check whether the address given on your PayPal account is still correct.
How much does it cost?
The T-shirt is €29,95 incl. VAT. Depending on your destination shipping costs are added.

If you decide to buy a T-shirt, I'd like to thank you in advance for your support of the 500 Photographers website.
Design is by Kristiaan Passchier (

T-shirt plus postage & packaging

Friday, April 27, 2012

Photographer #455: Neil Krug

Neil Krug, 1983, USA, is a photographer and director based in Los Angeles. Together with his girlfriend, now wife, Joni Harbeck, he founded Pulp Art Book, a collection of photography and commercial work in limited edition prints, books and films. In 2011 he released the LP-sized Pulp Art Book: Volume One with images of Joni shot with polaroid film years past its sell-by date. The narrative photographs remind us of spaghetti westerns and the artistic expressions of the 60s and 70s in B-movies and on LP covers. Pulp Art Book: Volume Two is expected to be released in June of 2012. This time the Poliziotteschi films were a major influence. Neil has created a vast amount of CD / LP covers for bands as My Chemical Romance, Scissor Sisters, Ladytron and The Pierces. Among his commercial clients are Warner Bros. Records, Warp Records and Burton Snowboards. The following images come from the portfolios Ladytron - Gravity the Seducer, Pulp Art Book: Volume One and My Chemical Romance.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Photographer #454: Manabu Yamanaka

Manabu Yamanaka, 1959, Japan, is a photographer who focuses mainly on societal outcasts. In 2009 he released a monograph entitled Gyahtei which shows the six major series he has created during a period of 25 years, all with titles that originate from Buddhism. One of those series is Jyoudo; a collection of photographs portraying physically deformed human beings, including some of the worst kind of deformation imaginable. Manabu noticed that even in this state "I saw how truly natural each one of their lives really were." Amongst his other subjects are elderly photographed in the nude, street children and homeless people. His images are strong, powerful, (un)comforting and might sometimes be hard to digest. His latest body of work is a series of images that show unborn and deformed embryos. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the world and has appeared in numerous publications. The following images come from the series Jyoudo, Gyahtei and Fujohkan.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Photographer #453: Deborah Luster

Deborah Luster, 1951, USA, is a photographer based in New Orleans, USA and Galway, Ireland. In 1988 her mother was murdered by a hired killer. In 1998 it led her to start the project entitled One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana in which she photographed inmates of three Louisiana prisons. The photographs were published in a monograph in 2003 together with texts from poet C.D. Wright. She photographed each person as they presented their very own selves. The entire archive consisted of tens of thousands of portraits and she has given +/- 25.000 wallet-sized prints back to the portrayed. Her recent body of work, Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish, was released as a monograph in 2011. It consists of images that function as an archive of historical and contemporary homicide sites in New Orleans. She researched city police homicide reports and photographed the exact locations of the murders. "By approaching cityscapes through the disorienting context of homicide, the work disturbs the deep crust of stereotypical visual interpretations of New Orleans." Her work has been exhibited on numerous occasions, mainly in the USA. The following images come from the series Tooth for an Eye, One Big Self and Rosesucker Retablos.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Photographer #452: Julio Bittencourt

Julio Bittencourt, 1980, Brazil, started his photographic career in 2000 as a photographer and assistant photo editor for the newspaper Valor Economico in Sao Paulo. Since 2006 he has been working as an independant photographer. In his series In a Window of Prestes Maia 911 Building he documented the residents of possibly the largest squat in the world. The building had been vacant for over a decade. In 2003 the 'Movement of the Homeless' had moved in hundreds of homeless families. They created a new community who drove out the vermin and drug dealers and created workshops and a library. In 2006 the new residents were told that they would be evicted. The project was released as a book in 2008. For his project Citizen X he focused on the housing problem in Brazil again. He shows abandoned spaces that represent "both a testament to the magnitude of the problemas well as a source of potential hope for change."  His personal project Ramos focuses on an artificial salt water lake surrounded by 15 favelas run by drug-trafficking gangs. Even though violence plagues the favelas, the park has been mostly free of problems. It is a crowded and polluted place where people enjoy the beach, sun and Brazilian rum. His work has been exhibited on numerous occasions worldwide and published in prestigious magazines as Time, Stern and GEO. The following images come from the series Ramos, Citizen X and In a Window of Prestes Maia 911 Building.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Photographer #451: Bela Borsodi

Bela Borsodi, 1966, Austria, studied graphic design and fine art before moving to New York in 1992. His work often incorporated photography but it wasn't until 1999 that he started to fully focus on still life photography, which is still the main direction of his work. He concentrates on editorial and advertising photography and is strongly influenced by his graphic background. He combines ordinary objects and puts them in an unusual context. In his much acclaimed series Foot Fetish for V Magazine he put images of naked bodies of women in awkward positions inside women shoes. For Yalook he created a series of photographs and videos in which clothing was folded to resemble a face that spoke. Amongst his advertising clients are Galeries Lafayette, Hermes, Nike and Puma. He has also created images for editorial clients and magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Another Magazine and Stern. The following images come from the editorial series Livraison #2: Hidden Objects, Tatler #19: Seperation and Stern #36: Aus dem Schatten Getreten.


Saturday, April 21, 2012


450 of 500 Photographers have been featured on this website. 9/10th completed and 1/10th still to come.
To celebrate this milestone I would like to make you an offer you can't refuse. During the period of the next 50 photographers up until the completion of this website I'm offering my personal and signed photography book 'I believe in 88' at a 38% discount; it's an opportunity to support this website. Update 27-04: The package includes some cool 500 Photographers stickers.

Short project statement: "After a violent encounter with a group of neo-nazis at the age of 14 where Pieter Wisse was stabbed in the stomach, he decided to take a closer look at the daily life of the people who call themselves neo-nazis in former East Germany, a group of people at the edge of our society."

Introduction by Klaus Farin | 24x32cm | Hardcover | 96 Pages | Edition of 1000 copies

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Friday, April 20, 2012

A tribute to: Lauren E. Simonutti (1968-2012)

Lauren E. Simonutti, 1968, USA, passed away last week due to complications from her illness. On March 28th, 2006 she started hearing voices and was diagnosed with "rapid cycling, mixed state bipolar with schizoaffective disorder". She felt she was going mad and spent her last years almost in isolation. She turned the camera on herself and the space she was living in. She has left us with an impressive, honest and strong body of work. With her photographs she gave a voice to those that suffer in isolation.
"Over (five) years I have spent alone amidst these 8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds and 199 panes of glass. And this is what I saw here. This is what I learned. I figure it could go one of two ways - I will either capture my ascension from madness to as much a level of sanity for which one of my composition could hope, or I will leave a document of it all, in the case that I should lose." - Lauren E. Simonutti
The following images come from the series The Devil's Alphabet and 8 Rooms, 7 Mirrors, 6 Clocks, 2 Minds & 199 Panes of Glass.

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Photographer #450: Sølve Sundsbø

Sølve Sundsbø, 1970, Norway, is a fashion photographer and director based in London since 1995 where he studied at the London College of Printing. While studying he assisted world renowned photographer Nick Knight, who became an important mentor to him. Today Sølve is one of the leading photographers in his genre. Among his clients are big names as Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Gucci. He created editorials for the Italian Vogue, i-D and Interview. His series 14 Actors Acting, made for The New York Times, received an Emmy Award in 2011 for New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture. Solve has an experimental approach to his photography, using a vast amount of techniques and styles, creating larger-than-life, sophisticated and innovative images. He is not afraid to tread uncommon paths. For an YSL fragrance campaign he convinced them to create and use an image of a full-frontal male nude, causing some controversy. The following images come from Interview Magazine: Scarlett Johansson, Vogue Japan: The Virgin Spring and W Magazine: The Everchanging Face of Beauty.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Photographer #449: Miti Ruangkritya

Miti Ruangkritya, 1981, Thailand, studied Photojournalism at the University of Westminster. His work is mainly documentary based yet he tries not to restrict himself in any way. He is currently working on an ongoing project that consists of a polaroid installation placed on the beach of Nongkhai in Thailand. A dining table displays the polaroids without placeholders, inviting the viewers to pick up the images and be involved. By adding mattresses and swimming rings he wants to create a relaxed atmosphere for the audience to enjoy the work outside of a typical gallery exhibition. In his series On the Edge he took a closer look at Siem Reap, a city he had visited in 1991 when there was only one hotel and one bar. Today the city has massively exploded in size consisting of 5 star hotels, restaurants and bars. Miti viewed the city from a distance "from the vantage point of someone approaching (or perhaps momentarily escaping) the city." His work has been exhibited in London, Paris and Thailand and his portfolio will be featured in the May 2012 edition of the British Journal of Photography. The following images come from the series Imagining Flood, Northern Route and On the Edge.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Photographer #448: Rania Matar

Rania Matar, 1964, Lebanon/USA, is a documentary photographer who was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the USA in 1984. Her career started as an architect before studying photography at the New England School of Photography. She concentrates mainly on women and women's issues as identity and religion both in the US as in the Middle East. In 2009 she released the book Ordinary Lives and this spring her second monograph, A Girl and her Room, will be coming out. This series, inspired by her eldest daughter, focuses on teenage girls within their own private spaces. Both the forthcoming book and her younger daughter were the inspirations for her latest body of work entitled L'Enfant-Femme (the Child-Women). She portrays young teens and pre-teens without giving them instructions apart from not smiling. Due to the freedom the girls have to pose in their own way; they portray an array of emotions and clues to their true self. The angst, confidence and/or body language reveal their sense of selfhood and the developing sense of womanhood. As the teenagers still fluctuate between being a child and a women, Rania asks herself whether "they are meant to see themselves as little girls, teenagers or as young women?" Since 2002 she has also been taking photographs of her four children showing the various stages of their lives. The following images come from the series L'Enfant-Femme, Christian Arabs and Family Moments.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Photographer #447: Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton, 1969, South-Africa, is a photojournalist and documentary photographer who focuses on issues related to conflict, health and the environment. He has traveled extensively to places as Timbuktu, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and India. He is the official photographer for the Global Business Coalition against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Twice he visited the Ukraine, a country with the highest concentration of HIV+ people in Europe, to document the victims of Aids and the social workers and doctors who improve the lives of the infected. His goal was to humanize the disease through his photography and to lessen fear and prejudice against those who live with the disease. His work has received numerous awards amongst which are five awards from the World Press Photo Foundation and six from the Lucie Foundation. His images have been shown in a vast amount of exhibits including one at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has been published in leading magazines as the National Geographic Magazine, Time, Newsweek and Stern. The following images come from the stories Tuareg Rebels Niger, Aids, Drugs & Uncertainty: Ukraine and Narco-wars in Afghanistan.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Photographer #446: Tomasz Gudzowaty

Tomasz Gudzowaty, 1971, Poland, studied law at the University of Warsaw before starting a career in photography. He started as a nature photographer, turned to social documentary work and is currently focusing on documentary sports photography. He concentrates mostly on non-commercial sports, sports that are not present in the media or those that are somehow different from the mainstream sports. Examples of these activities are pole dancing, sumo wrestling, wrestling and urban golf in India, Lucha Libre; a Mexican version of free wrestling, car racing in Mexico, freerunning, Mongolian horseracing, Chinese gymnasts and synchronized swimming. Tomasz tells his stories in the form of photo-essays. His strong and powerful black and white images are made with a large format analogue camera. His work, consisting of a vast amount of projects, has appeared in numerous exhibitions and magazines as Newsweek, Time and The Guardian and has won a large number of awards amongst which are the World Press Photo and NPPA Best of Photojournalism. The following images come from the essays Naadam Race, Lucha Libre and Pole Dancers' Families.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Photographer #445: Michael von Graffenried

Michael von Graffenried, 1957, Switzerland, started his career as a photojournalist in 1978. Today he lives in Paris and works on long term projects often dealing with themes of ethnology. He uses a panoramic analog camera using 35mm film yet creating impressive large-scale photographs. For Michael content comes before technology and his choice for the panoramic format came somewhat by accident. He was in Algeria during the 1990's when tension was high documenting the daily life during and after the civil war. The panoramic camera proved usefull as one can keep it on the chest while taking images. People can see the camera yet do not know that an image has been taken. Once Michael saw the results he realised the aesthetic part of this format and decided to use it. His socially engaged stories and narrative images are strong, daring and sometimes provocative. He has been in numerous exhibitions and released an enormous amount of monographs between 1980 and today. The following images come from the series Eye on Africa, Cocainelove and War without Images.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Photographer #444: Laurence Demaison

Laurence Demaison, 1965, France, studied at the School of Architecture of Strasbourg before she started making self-portraits in 1993. Her vast body of work is almost exclusively constituted of photographs of herself. She does not digitally manipulate the images nor does she manipulate the photographs after they have been shot with the exception of chemical inversion for some series. All the techniques she uses are analog and done by herself. The various series have a large array of emotions. They can be poetic, fragile and classical, yet sometimes they are quirky, haunting or even freaky. She is a photographer who seeks the bounderies of what can be done within analog photography and successfully crosses them with grace. Laurence has exhibited her work on numerous occasions, mainly in Western Europe and New York. The photographs have also been released in several monographs. The following images come from the series La Chambre Noire, La Poseuse and Les Bulles.