Teun Voeten, who originally studied Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy in the Netherlands, is an award-winning photojournalist and author who has been covering the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sudan, Angola, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Colombia, Gaza, Liberia, Lebanon and Iraq. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New Yorker and National Geographic, among others. Voeten is also a contributing photographer for organizations such as the International Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations.

In 1996, he published 'Tunnel People', an anthropological-journalistic account of 5 months living with an underground homeless community in New York. This book will appear this September 2010  in a translated and updated version in the USA. In 2000, He published 'How de Body? Hope and Horror in Sierra Leone', a book about the brutal war in this West-African country. Currently, he is working on a photo project about the drug violence in Mexico.

Voeten won numerous rewards for his photography as well as his writing. He lives between Brussels and New York. For more information, visit www.teunvoeten.com.

Tunnelpeople Book Launch 2010
Tunnelpeople Postcard 2010

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Teun Voeten

Supported projects

Narco Estado

  • Armed conflict
  • Organised crime
  • Politics

From 2009 till 2011, Dutch war photographer Teun Voeten focused on the drug-related violence that is destabilizing Mexico. He visited the epicenter of the violence, Ciudad Juarez, as well as other hot spots such as Culiacan and Michoacan.