Project(s) at West
*1937 Rotterdam, the Netherlands — worked and lived in Rotterdam (1937 - 1992)
Fotovakschool, the Hague, the Netherlands
Leen van Oudgaarden's assistant in Rotterdam.
work and live
Peter Martens dies of cancer in Rotterdam on April 16.
1990 - 1991
Last visit to New York and the Mississippi.
In New York to photograph Harlem before the slums are cleared. Cruel Compassion is published.
The Stichting Zilveren Camera (Silver Camera Foundation) proclaims him Photo Journalist of the Year. The book 't Staartje van De Fles is published.
His book A Week in the Life of a Nation is published.
1985 - 1986
Works in Ireland.
Invited by Magnum to provide photographs for books on cities, for which he goes to Los Angeles and London. Is awarded the Capi-Lux Alblas prize for his entire oeuvre.
Accompanies Renate Dorrestein to Calcutta on a travel grant from the Ministry of Culture.
Panorama sends him to Israel and South Lebanon to report on Major Haddad's mercenaries. He also takes pictures of the famine in North Kenya.
Publication of the book Nothing Special.
Photographs in Oudagadougou, Upper Volta.
With Dutch journalist Renate Dorrestein makes a reportage on the political activist Bernadette Devlin in North Ireland. His series on the Foreign Legion wins the second World Press Photo Award.
On assignment for the weekly news magazine Panorama, goes to Beirut twice.
Receives a double World Press Photo award for his series on neo-Nazis in the United States and American victims of the Vietnam war.
Works in Lagos (Nigeria) and Ulster (North Ireland).
Photographs the leper settlement Agua de Dios in Colombia. The reportage is published in the Dutch magazine Avenue.
Reportages in Calcutta, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
First visit to the United States.
Goes to Israel on a travel grant from the Dutch Ministry of Culture.
Roams the world, photographing people in the street. He captions these pictures with a brief account and sells them to newspapers. Portrays his friends in the Rotterdam Café De Fles.
Stills photographer for two Dutch feature films: Rififi in Amsterdam and De Vergeten Minnaar (the forgotten lover).