Nick Hannes (Belgium, 1974) graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 1997. After 8 years of doing assignments as a photojournalist, he decided to fully concentrate on self-initiated documentary projects. His work has a strong political and social component, and often deals with the problematic relationship we have with our environment. His style is characterized by use of irony, ambiguity and visual metaphors.
Hannes published 2 books: ‘Red Journey’ (Lannoo 2009) deals with the transitional phase in post-communist society. ‘Mediterranean. ‘The Continuity of Man’ (Hannibal 2014) focuses on various contemporary issues such as mass-tourism, urbanization, migration and crises of various kinds in the Mediterranean region. ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ was launched at the Museum of Photography (FoMu) in Antwerp in 2014.
His new series ‘Dubai. Bread and Circuses’ was awarded the Magnum Photography Award in 2017. It will be published in a book in 2018.
Hannes regularly exhibits at international photography festivals, such as Lodz (Poland), Photomed (Beirut), FotoIstanbul, Organ Vida (Zagreb), amongst others.
Since 2008 he teaches documentary photography at KASK/The School of Arts in Ghent (B).