How to Get the Best from Portrait Subjects: Photojournalist Pieter Ten Hoopen

November 18, 2015

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Pieter Ten Hoopen

A portrait Pieter Ten Hoopen made in a studio he created near the Mayo refugee camp in Sudan while on assignment for Emergency, a humanitarian organization that provides medical care in conflict zones. Primarily a photojournalist, Ten Hoopen says making portraits gives him an opportunity “to have a meeting with people.” 

Photojournalist Pieter Ten Hoopen has worked around the world for Le Monde, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and international aid organizations. “When it comes to my documentary projects, I like to do portraits because it gives me a great opportunity — in Nepal or Sudan or Sierra Leone — to have a meeting with people and slow...

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