Chris is a documentary and portrait photographer and film director. He became interested in photography during his previous career as a professional climbing instructor. Following a trip to Palestine he decided to focus his work on humanitarian issues. He has travelled to over 70 countries, meeting people and collecting stories.
Chris always tries to find different angles in visualising the stories he works on. In 'No Way Home' he has tried to explore what it means for people to lose their homes while 'Tour du Monde' took him to China, Colombia, Cuba, Eritrea, Qatar and Senegal, following international cycling teams as they raced across diverse terrains and through culturally and politically charged environments.
Chris' series on migrant workers fleeing from war-torn Libya - 'Exodus' - was published over 9 pages in FOAM Magazine, the prestigious journal of Amsterdam's Photography Museum and was praised by Stephen Mayes, Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust, in an Apperture publication as ".. remarkably innovative, seen in a print context."
For the past years, Chris has been working in collaboration with Save the Children Netherlands, capturing the dreams of children worldwide and covering issues relating to Syrian refugees. He also directed a documentary film about children collecting scrap for sale in Lebanon.
Regular clients include Save the Children, Aids Fonds/Stop Aids Now, Médecins sans Frontières, Greenpeace, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), CARE, Oxfam and Cordaid. Chris has also worked on numerous occcasions for UN organisations including UNFPA, UNHCR and the World Health Organisation (WHO). He has extensive experience in mentoring aspiring photographers and teaching workshops in numerous countries on all levels, focusing on story-telling in photography.
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Chris de Bode asked children around the world about their dreams for the future.
The conflict between the Nigerian Army and the militants of Boko Haram, a brutal islamist group founded in 2002 and committed to establishing an Islamic State in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, has cost the lives of over 20,000 civilians, with 6,000 fatalities in 2015 alone.
As West Africa’s ebola crisis enters its second grim year and with a death toll nearing 7,000 it is easy to lose sight of the fear, sorrow and tragedy of each infection, each silent and painful death in towns and villages across the countries worst affected by the biggest outbreak of the disease in recorded history.
In the barren plains of northern Jordan, just 10 miles from the Syrian border, lies the Zaatari refugee camp where close to 150,000 Syrians have found shelter after fleeing across the border from their homeland which has been gripped by one of the most vicious civil wars in recent history.