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.
Click here for a brief overview of Chris de Bode's work.
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.
On 17 February 2011, Libya saw the beginnings of a violent insurrection against the regime of Muammar Gadaffi~~ Following the departure of Tunisia’s strongman Zine El Abedine Ben Ali in early January and the drawn-out showdown between President Mubarak and anti-government protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, on 17 February 2011 it was Libya’s turn.
With world attention firmly focused on North Africa and the Middle East, the fallout from Cote d’Ivoire’s recent civil strife risks becoming yet another forgotten humanitarian crisis~~Once the most stable and prosperous of West African nations, Cote d’Ivoire has seen in the 21st century with a series of internal conflicts following a coup against the then president Henri Bedi in 1999.