My name is Hans Bracke. I love to make non-fictional stories. Stories of people and their vulnerabilities.

In most of my projects different cultures are coming together. The Netherlands as a multicultural country is therefore a rich source of inspiration. I observe and investigate the situations or social behaviours that are uncommon, but relevant in public sphere. Creating a social dialogue on the most relevant up-to-date issues is the driving force for me as a maker.

I want to be able to give an insight on how people deal with specific problems. Especially where cultures are overlapping.

Most of my work consists of portraits. This does not mean that there are only people standing in front of my camera. Anything else, that can help a viewer to learn more about the subject is equally relevant to me. For instance a bedroom, a wardrobe or even the content of a suitcase. Everything I document, I do with in the highest integrity with the subjects.

As a photographer, I have a social responsibility. With my integrity I come close to people. I can capture different cultures and show them from a different perspective. In this way I dispel prejudice and diminish distances.

Photo by: Willemieke Kars

  • Teacher at Dutch Drone Academy (2016-present).
  • Teacher at Academie voor Vastgoed (2017-2018).
  • Masterclass from Corinne Noordenbos (2017-present).
  • Bachelor of Design, Royal Academy of Fine Art, The Hague (KABK), (2010-2015).
  • Internship with Jan Dirk van der Burg (2013).
  • Assistant of Tom van Heel (2012).
  • Atheneum at Strabrecht College (2002-2009).

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  • ‘Different Ways of Portraiture’: Group exhibition (Project: Fatima Saad), Hoogtij, The Hague (2018)
  • ‘My name in 100 colophons’: Book exhibition (1001 Nights and Allah op het Werk), Fotofestival Schiedam, Schiedam (2017)
  • ‘All About Photography’: Group exhibition (Project: Sonja), Hoogtij, The Hague (2017).
  • ‘My name in 100 colophons’: Book exhibition (1001 Nights and Allah op het Werk), Istanbul Photobook Festival , Istanbul (2016)
  • ‘My name in 100 colophons’: Book exhibition (1001 Nights and Allah op het Werk), Lief Hertje en de Grote Witte Reus (LhGWR), The Hague (2016)
  • ‘Allah op het Werk’: Solo exhibition, CNV (a Dutch labor union), Utrecht (2016).
  • ‘Geestdrift Festival’: Festival (Project: Allah op het Werk), Janskerk, Utrecht (2015).
  • ‘Graduation show’: (Project Allah op het Werk), Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (2015).
  • ‘Look’: Group exhibition of KABK students (Project 1001 Nights), The Hague (2013).
  • ‘Justice/Injustice’: Group exhibition in the poster gallery (Project Modern Grandma’s), The Hague (2011).
  • ‘Buenas Días, Péru’: Solo exhibition. A documentary series about poor farmers in Peru, Heeze (2009).
  • Photo book: ‘Allah op het Werk, gebedsruimte als arbeidsvoorwaarde’ (2015).
  • Essay: ‘…but the control is with me’ – 86 pages. Hardcover, ISBN: 9781320235822 (2014)
  • Photo book:‘1001 Nights’ (2013).

  • Le Sacre du Printemps’: Live video performance with Residentie Orkest, in Dr Anton Philipszaal (2012).
  • ‘Sonja’: a short movie about Sonja. Screening at the The Hague Cinema (2012).
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