Photo essay

Corporate story telling and social photography, in the form of a photo essay, are 2 of my exam assignments. While studying this genre of photography, I re-visited the Eugene Smith photo essays. Among his most famous essays are Country Doctor, Nurse Midwife, Albert Schweizer, Minimata and Spanish Village. Smith worked for Life and his magazine features set a ‘new standard for evocative picture stories. They showed essential human experiences such as compassion, pride, daily labor, birth, and death, with strength, clarity, and beauty’. In Eugene Smith’s stories all the images are powerful and they can stand by themselves. When Smith run into essay magazine layout issues and got frustrated with restrictions,  he left Life and became a member of the Magnum Photo Agency. With his “Pittsburgh” essay he pushed the essay boundaries as well as this luck. Hardship followed. Despite this he never gave up working on essays. His life story is as intense as his work.

William Eugene Smith (December 30, 1918 – October 15, 1978), was an American photojournalist, renowned for the dedication he devoted to his projects and his uncompromising professional and ethical standards. Smith developed the photo essay into a sophisticated visual form.

Smith said, “Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes-just sometimes-one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses to awareness. Much depends on the viewer; in some, photographs can summon enough emotion to be a catalyst to thought. Someone-or perhaps many-among us may be influenced to heed reason, to find a way to right that which is wrong, and may even search for a cure to an illness. The rest of us may perhaps feel a greater sense of understanding and compassion for those whose lives are alien to our own. Photography is a small voice. I believe in it. If it is well conceived, it sometimes works.”

Eugene Smith dedicated his life and his art to a humanistic photography style. He inspires me even though my essay will not be about social inequality or injustice. My essay will feature a social human interest event that celebrates respect, love, spirituality and life’s connection.

Eugene Smith Images

Bedrijfsmatige fotografie met impact

Bedrijfsmatige fotografie met impact. Bedrijfsfotografie, een ander beeld door kleurgebruik.

Bedrijfsmatige fotografie met impact | Wijnkelder St. Martinus (Vijlen, Zuid-Limburg) - foto Judith den Hollander
Bedrijfsfotografie met impact en als visuele communlcatie | Wijnketels St. Martinus (Vijlen).

Bedrijfsmatige fotografie is het creëren van beeld dat een visuele impact heeft op de kijker. De foto’s moeten de dienst of het product bij voorkeur niet alledaags in beeld brengen. Kleurgebruik kan een ondersteunde rol spelen bij het aantrekkelijk en anders in beeld brengen. Fotografie als visuele communicatie met bestaande en potentiële nieuwe klanten.

Hoe moet de dienst/het product in beeld komen? Met welke sfeer en uitstraling? Wat mag of moet de aandacht krijgen? Wat is uw boodschap aan de kijker?

Business, Industrial and Commercial photography : after research and looking at the work of pro’s, I am listing and sharing these tips :

  • Prepare
  • Find assistance
  • Scout the location (angles and backgrounds)
  • Have a list of the process (road map)
  • Shoot at a clean location and arrange that clutter be removed from the work floor
  • Make portraits of people that wear safety gear, clean shirts and uniforms with logo’s
  • Share your vision, enthusiasm and direct pleasantly
  • Take your time
  • Be compelling, creative and flexible
  • Take traditional as well as bold compositions
  • Introduce dramatic elements
  • Add color for interest
  • Move the camera (use a slider) and -if possible- make the camera part of the process
  • Use 2-3 camera/perspectives
  • Use macro
  • Use ambient light for fill
  • Keep safe.

Judith den Hollander – fotografie | Bedrijfsreportage

Art – Travail en cours

Work in progress | Werk in uitvoering | Art – Travail en cours | Kunst – Beeldhouwers aan het werk in Barvaux s/O

Symposium international de sculpture monumentale sur pierre. Thème 2015 : la musique, langue des émotions.


De kleine werken zijn te bewonderen tot 15 juni.  ‘Louise Gallery’ in Durbuy  –  “Exposition des œuvres des artistes participant au symposium ainsi que de celle des artistes qui parrainent l’évènement”.


Judith den Hollander – fotografie | Fotoreportages