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Pieter ten Hoopen

Pieter ten Hoopen left for Sweden in 1999 and studied photojournalism at the Nordens Fotoskola. He then worked as a photojournalist for four years and was represented by Moment agency (Sweden) at the time. He has been published in major Swedish newspapers and international magazines and has also taught photojournalism at various Scandinavian schools.

Since 2000, Pieter ten Hoopen works on many stories all over the world: Colombia, Pakistan, Russia, USA, Egypt, Kenya, Sweden, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan… He is interested in the living conditions of the minorities and documents the complex issues they are facing.

In 2010, he won two World Press Photo Awards in the portraits and daily life categories for “Hungry Horse”.
The Swedish publisher The Bearded Lady has released his two books, Stockholm, in 2010, and Tokyo 7, in 2012.

Pieter ten Hoopen is also directing. His documentary film « Hungry Horse » has been exhibited at Rencontres d'Arles 2014.

In 2019, he won two World Press Photo Awards including the new World Press Photo Story of the Year with "The Migrant Caravan", first chapter of a bigger project about migration in the world called "Love Stories" developped with his company Civilian Act.

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Childmothers (2018)

Every year, an estimated two million girls give birth before they turn 15. Young girls face the greatest risk of complications from pregnancy and childbirth - yet they are often invisible in statistics and excluded from development interventions. It is estimated that 2 million girls under the age of 15 give birth every year, but reliable data on very young mothers is scarce, incomplete or non-existent in many countries. The reproductive age is often considered to be 15-49 years, making young mothers under the age of 15 invisible in national and global statistics. . Yet, they face great risks related to pregnancy and childbirth. Young mothers are also often excluded or beyond the reach...

Mayo Photo Studio | Portraits of Sudanese refugees (2015)

In a clinic settled in a refugee camp of the suburb of Khartoum, Pieter Ten Hoopen made the portraits of Sudanese, patients or staffs, far from the non-stop war. Since the 1960's, Sudan has never met peace. After South Sudan declared its independence in 2011, the situation has got worse, especially into the new State and in the Darfur. Around 35 millions people fled the violences. Among them 2.5 millions found shelter in camps in the fringes of Khartoum. Mayo camp is one of these camps. 250,000 refugees are now living there, most of them coming from South Sudan or Darfur. The worrying conditions of living and the promiscuity are threats for the health and for the most fragile...

Hungry Horse, Montana (2014)

During a cold winter in the year 1900 two horses ran away. The horses were named Tex and Jerry and lived in the wilderness. After a month the horses returned dying of hunger. From this day they called this small town Hungry Horse. In the 1940’s and 1950’s a large dam was being built just on the outskirt of the town. People from all over the state moved to Hungry Horse in order to work on the dam’s construction. Ground and houses were cheap, the small town grew fast. When the dam was completed many moved out but some stayed. Jobs had disappeared and Hungry Horse became a place for criminals to hide since the police wouldn’t venture into the valley. Hungry Horse is located...

Testimonies from the North Caucasus (2014)

The Caucasus Mountains located near Sochi, Russia hosted part of the Winter Olympics of February 2014. The same mountain range is also home to the North Caucasus, the site of Europe’s deadliest conflict. Two devastating wars in the republic of Chechnya after the collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in the violence spreading across the whole region. Although the military operations officially ended in earnest in 2009, some 700 people have been murdered in the last year in this small multi-ethnic, multi-religious corner of Russia. The roots of the struggle, initially concerned with seeking independence from Russia, have now developed into a religious struggle with radical Islam at its...

North-East of Congo DRC (2013)

In the North-East of The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), two regions are neglected by the authorities in Kinshasa. Endemic poverty, lack of infrastructures, mining activities (mainly metals such as tin, coltan, tantalum and gold which are sold by different militia into the global supply chain), are as much serious problems increased by the presence of the M23 rebels. The Kivu and the Occidental province, despite the mineral richness of their soil, have fallen behind in terms of development. The local population has no access to first necessity goods and suffers from a real epidemic of the Ebola and HIV viruses. The situation has been deteriorating because of the fighting...

Tokyo 7 (2012)

During my time working as a photographer after the devastating tsunami in 2011, I became completely fascinated by Japan, especially Tokyo. Despite the devastation, the Japanese were calm and collected and they showed almost none of their private sorrow. As a city, Tokyo seemed practically untouched. I couldn’t help wondering what was behind the façade. How do the Japanese handle sorrow, loneliness and the demands of society? Above all, I wondered how my generation lived their daily lives there. I knew I would go back and look for a more intimate Tokyo. Later, after a long period of working on news reports and multiple-year projects, I began longing for that artistic trance...

Japan, Suicide forest (2012)

Geologist Azusa Hayano (66) grabs a rope that is tied right next to the trail winding through the dense forest which lies in the shadow of Mount Fuji. This Forest is so dense with vegetation, that it is known for being almost impossible to navigate through. Even a GPS or a compass wouldn’t help a lost visitor. This is the reason why the forest of Aokigahara as been elected by so many as their final destination: every year, hundreds of people choose to come and die here. In 1960, Seicho Matsumoto wrote a novel called “Tower of wave", in which a loving couple commits suicide in this particular forest. This book triggered a wave of suicides in Aokigahara forest with people travelling from...

Mass wedding in Vadia, India (2012)

For over 200 years Vadia in Gujarat has been a town infamous for young girls’ prostitution. Because no one is willing to marry them, they end up in prostitution at the age of 12. So to break this pattern, mass wedding are being organized. “I do not know what the boy was called but the party was fun”, says Gaya, 8, one of the girls who was engaged. Wearing make-up and dressed like adult women, Gaya and other little girls from the village next to Vadia are seated next to the boys. They have never met before and hardly dare looking at each other. The girls’ thin shawls hide their blush but the boys’ sullen faces can’t get unnoticed. A moment later they are engaged and, according to...

Dogfight in Afghanistan (2012)

Dog fighting is one of Afghanistan's unofficial national hobby. During the time of the Taliban, dog fighting was forbidden but since the fall of their power in 2001, this activity has become more and more popular and big money is spent on dog fights events, mostly through bidding. Every friday morning in winter, in a field outside of Kabul, thousands of people gather to take part in or just to watch the fights. The dogs are put face to face in the middle of a large circle and held by their owners until the "Mirren" (The leader of the fight) gives the start signal. He is also the only one who can break up the fight. The length of the fight depends on if there is or not a clear...

India - Gulabi Gang (2012)

The women from the lowest caste in the Uttar Pradesh state have begun to resist the oppression they are facing. In 2006 Sampat Pal Devi started the “Gulabi Gang” or the gang of the Pink Women of Uttar Pradesh. She had become tired of the oppression and mistreatment women had to face on a daily basis, and decided with her friends to make take things in their hand since the police in the villages was not willing to act. So, men who had assaulted their wives were tied to a tree and beaten with their now famous pink sticks. And if the local police was not willing to arrest the men who had raped a woman, the Gulabi Gang would go to the police station and demonstrate in front of the...

Tsunami aftermath in Japan (2011)

In March 2011, Japan experienced the worth earthquake in its history. A few hours later, a tsunami would devastate the island’s northwest coast. In Yamada and Higashi-Matsushima, two countries north from Sendai, there seems not to be a living soul left among the ruins. The survivors settle in the neighbouring schools and come back on what is left of their houses to collect some of their belongings like these pictures, portraying people whose fate we do not dare imagining. Volunteers are busy sharing out food and drinkable water. Soldiers try to find potential survivors and missing persons’ bodies in order to give them a proper burial. Pieter Ten Hoopen illustrates the situation of...

Behind the scenes of the Marja ofensive (2010)

To the east of Kandahar, the Shoraback base in the Afghan province of Helmand is home to 4000 soldiers of the Afghan National Army. A portion of these troops are members of a commando trained by American soldiers. In this territory, the struggle against the Taliban is an absolute priority. Helmand is a major entry point for insurgents organizing to the south in the Balouchistan region of Pakistan. In addition, this province is the largest producer of opium in Afghanistan. Like gold, the Taliban uses this drug to finance its insurrectional operations. The Diamond Force, the unit name for the commandos based at Shoraback, must respond daily to endless insurgent attacks while...

Iraqi refugees in Syria (2009)

Ramadan comes to an end. My female contacts from Damascus and myself are in one of the illegal brothels of the city, in the district Garamana. In a corner of the room, five women are dancing, but the most of the women are sitting at the tables with the men. All women in the room are Iraqi, a few of the nearly 2 million Iraqis who fled to Syria during and after the war. Most of the women living alone have lived on their savings right after they fled, but when this money ran out, many ended up in prostitution. Many of the girls worked as cleaning ladies in a hotel and then were offered to work as prostitutes. Syria is trying to deal with the nearly 2 million Iraqi refugees, and faces an...

White Nights - Saint Petersbourg (2009)

St Petersburg is located at 59 degrees 57' North (roughly on the same latitude as Oslo, Norway, the southern tip of Greenland and Seward, Alaska). Due to such a high latitude the sun does not go under the horizon deep enough for the sky to get dark during the end of may until the beginning of July. Night turns almost into day during this period. An old legend says that during this period there is a bigger chance to fall in love. In other parts of some Northern countries the legend says that you have to pick 7 specific wild flowers and lays them under your pillow. The person you will dream about that night is the one you’re going to marry. Vadim and Alexandra met each other on the...

Iraqi oil (2009)

We went to Iraq to see how the global hunt for the black gold has affected the Iraqi people. It is now widely acknowledged that oil was one of the reason to the 2003 invasion, but not many could have envisaged that it would take over six years to begin talking about the investments. Panic is now setting in. There has been no modernizations and Iraq is not producing more oil now than before the invasion. Instead, the oil has leaked through a sieve into the black market. Oil pirates and corrupt officials have become wealthy. Civilians have been hit the hardest. But how has the oil mafia managed to get its hands on Iraq’s black gold with the military just around the corner? The only ones...

Huntington Disease, USA (2007)

Their oldest son had just died. When I visited the Bengtson family two years ago Michelle was nursing her husband Jim and their youngest son Austin, before leaving for work. When she returned they would be waiting for her care. But there was nothing she could do to reverse the fatal course, for halting a killer illness there is little hope. Huntington runs on the male side of the Bengtson family, it is lethal and it rages more and more aggressively for every new generation. After years of frustration, researchers believe a new frontier might be opening in treating Huntington's disease. When i return two years after my first visit Jim just past away, half a year before that Austin died in...

Kitezh, the invisible town, Russia (2007)

The year 1200 the city Kitezh in Russia got attack by the Mogul army. Under the attack the city became invisible. From this day no one knows where the city and its people went. Once a year people from all over Russia come to visit this place. Today there is a lake on the place the city once was. The lake is situated just beside the small town of Vladimirskoe. Some people from this small town say they have seen the City of Kitezh coming up from the water around midsummer. Other people have seen an armed guard walking around the town. Few of the tourist visit the city of Vladimirskoe. The daily life is hard for many in this area. Alcohol abuse and the unemployment rate is high....

Pakistan, After the earthquake (2005)

On the 8th of October 2005, a destructive earthquake hit the Northern parts of Pakistan. The Provinces of Kashmir and the North-West Frontier suffered the hardest. More than 73.000 people have died, 100.000 got injured and over 3 millions have lost their houses. The city of Balakot is situated in the Kaghan valley in the NWF province, one of the places which totally turned into ruins. Only in Balakot and surroundings, tens of thousands of people have died. More than 2 months after the earthquake, people were still digging, hoping to find their relatives and friends.

Chicago Blues (2005)

Grana Louise and her mother She has been singing blues and jazz for her whole life. The focus in the world of blues has often been on the male artists in Chicago, one of the greatest, Muddy Waters, ruled the city for many years. Grana Louise is 52 years old and grew up in Colombus (Ohio). It was a struggle growing up in those days as an Afro American. ?I remember seeing Martin Luther King marching through the streets." As a small girl she was going through her mother's jazz collection and was singing all the time. To break through as a coloured young woman wasn?t the easiest thing to do. "Many men are frightened of an independent woman" says Grana Louise with a smile on her face.

Qibdo, Colombia (2004)

The city of Quibdo is situated in the Western part of Colombia. The province of Choco is one of the major drug routes because it's close to the border with Panama. Every year 30.000 people get killed and 3000 kidnaped in the countryside. Today Colombia has over three million internal refugees. People flee their homes in the countryside because of the violence. Quibdo is one of these cities they come to. The city is overpopulated and many are unemployed. The atmosphere is tense and people are afraid to be sent back to their homes. For most of the people this is a temporary refuge.


Hungry Horse

During a cold winter in the year 1900 two horses ran away. The horses were named Tex and Jerry and lived in the wilderness. After a month the horses returned dying of hunger. From this day they called this small town Hungry Horse.

During summer some tourists come to the village to buy huckleberry on their way to the National Park.

The film (DVD) "Hungry Horse: Legends of the Everyday" is included with the book.
Text by: Luke Mogelson

Publisher: Max Strom (2015)
132 pages
Size: 22 x 1,9 x 29,5 cm  

Tokyo 7

During my time working as a photographer after the devastating tsunami in 2011, I became completely fascinated by Japan, especially Tokyo. Despite the devastation, the Japanese were calm and collected and they showed almost none of their private sorrow. As a city, Tokyo seemed practically untouched. I couldn’t help wondering what was behind the façade. How do the Japanese handle sorrow, loneliness and the demands of society? Above all, I wondered how my generation lived their daily lives there. I knew I would go back and look for a more intimate Tokyo. Later, after a long period of working on news reports and multiple-year projects, I began longing for that artistic trance that can only be experienced during really intense, short periods of unreserved photographing, and I knew right away that it was Tokyo I needed to go to.

Publisher: The Bearded Lady (2012)
76 pages
Size: 17 x 17 cm  


‘I took the photos for my book Stockholm during the period 2008 to 2010. The story is about my life in the city during that time. It all began after a severe back injury left me unable to walk for six months. As a result I was stuck in Stockholm – usually I work outside Sweden – and this gave me an opportunity and reason to use the camera to depict my own life. I have documented people who are close to me but also people I met on the street and then went to their homes to photograph. In doing this project I always tried to remain close to my own environments and my own everyday life.’ – Pieter ten Hoopen
Text by: Karim Andersson

Publisher: The Bearded Lady (2011)
52 pages
Size: 42x29 cm  


    2019 - World Press Photo Story of the Year with "The Migrant Caravan"

    2010 - World Press Photo: Daily Life Honorable Mention stories (with "Hungry Horse, Montana")

    2010 - World Press Photo: Portrait second prize singles (with "Katie, Hungry Horse, Montana")

    2009 - Award of Excellence in the Portrait Series category of the POY for "Touche Moi"

    2008 - World Press Photo: Daily Life: 1st prize stories (with Kitezh, the invisible town, Russia)

    2008 - "Memorial Mario Giacomelli" (Italia) with "Hungry Horse, USA"


Au chevet du monde (Toulouse)
From 2018-06-28 to 2018-09-16

Since the 2000s, Pieter Ten Hoopen has focused mainly on social situations and human conditions. Working for the press or non-governmental organizations, he has made numerous reports throughout the world: Colombia, Pakistan, Russia, United States, Egypte, Kenya, Sweden, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan... He reports testimonies on the complex situations in which certain human groups are plunged following natural disasters, ecological issues or by their geographical isolation. More than the facts that would make the news headlines, it is the gestures of everyday life that he addresses. These images,...

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Hungry Horse (Paris)
From 2016-11-04 to 2017-01-07

Au fin fond du Montana, dans l’Amérique profonde, se trouve la petite ville de Hungry Horse (le cheval affamé). Perdue au milieu des Rocheuses, elle n’est pas un petit village montagnard, elle n’est pas un lieu de villégiature, elle n’est qu’un secteur statistique pour le bureau du recensement des Etats-Unis (CDP, Census Designated Place). Hungry Horse ne compte que 900 habitants dont 70% vivent dans des caravanes. Beaucoup remplissent le temps de la solitude et de la morosité par la consommation d’alcool ou de crystal meth (Méthamphétamine). Reflet triste et désabusé de l’économie...

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Hungry Horse (Arles)
From 2014-07-07 to 2014-09-21

\"In 2003, a little before the US presidential elections, I decided that I wanted to document the USA through one town, one small environment. George W. Bush was elected for the second time and was fighting terrorism. This is the story of a small town, Hungry Horse, situated in the Montana Rocky Mountains just a few miles from Glacier National Park. Hungry Horse and its neighbouring area mostly depend on the summer tourist season. Winters are quiet and there is little work in the canyon. Glacier National Park provides work for many people and keeps the area going. Over the years local...

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Testimonies from the North Caucasus (Stockholm)
From 2014-01-30 to 2014-02-23

The roots of the struggle, initially concerned with seeking independence from Russia, have now developed into a religious struggle with radical Islam at its centre. The republic of Dagestan has become a hotbed for terrorism and violence with both jihadist fighters and the government at war with one another. The fight against terrorism has often justified the state’s involvement in extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, torture, and persecution of the devout followers of Islam. Rampant corruption, lawlessness and impunity for crimes have escalated the conflict. In 2009 saw a wave of murders of...

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Hungry Horse (Sète)
From 2010-05-13 to 2010-05-30

In the remotest part of Montana, there is an Indian village known as Hungry Horse, which is haunted by the old demons of the western conquest. Strongly influenced by the American documentary movement, the Dutch photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen has passed over three years deciphering the almost surrealist atmosphere of daily life Hungry Horse inhabitants. As one goes along the portraits and the landscapes, one thinks to have gotten to the core of the problem: Hungry Horse is a ghost village in search of its own identity, where the crises carries on making many victims.

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Touche-moi (JB Groningen)
From 2009-09-06 to 2009-10-04

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