Chris de Bode

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Dutch, 1965

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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The Syrian Civil War is about to enter its eighth year, with no clear end in sight.

Found in processed foods, hair and beauty products and used as biofuel, palm oil is cheap, plentiful and supposedly better than other fats.

Niger has the highest level of child marriage in the world.

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.

In the first five months of 2016, more than 33,000 migrants made the perilous journey from the shores of North Africa to Italy.

Imagine surviving on just one meal a day.

Conflict and climate change have had a major impact on food security in sub-Saharan Africa where many countries are experiencing dangerous levels of hunger and malnutrition.

In amongst the national tragedies that this year’s Ebola outbreak has brought on Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone there are thousands of individual stories of tragedy, suffering and pain but also of hope and survival.

After April’s devastating earthquakes that killed almost 9,000 people the long and often difficult task of rebuilding Nepal’s cities now lies ahead.

The advantages of China’s huge Three Gorges Dam are as great in the eyes of its builders as are the disadvantages in the eyes of its critics.

The 53rd Vuelta a Colombia was guarded along its entire route by heavily armed Colombian soldiers as it crosses provinces controlled variously by the Revolutionary Army of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Paramilitaries (AUC).

Chris de Bode at the 43rd Vuelta a Cuba, the island’s answer to the Tour de France.

The UN’s under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs has called Northern Uganda the ‘largest neglected humanitarian emergency in the world’.

Madagascar’s lemurs, a species which occurs nowhere else in the wild, are facing extinction with 91% of all known species now endangered to varying degrees.

Fuel is the major problem for the 106,000 Bhutanese refugees living in southern Nepal.

HIV has swept through South Africa, leading to a huge increase in child-headed households.

‘The world turned its back on the Somali conflict.

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.

Britain’s leading charities came together in a unique photographic exhibition produced by Panos Pictures to challenge world leaders to deliver their promises.

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.

Chris de Bode asked children around the world about their dreams for the future.

Working with IRC and ECHO, seven Panos photographers asked people in seven communities affected by some of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters what ‘home’ means to them.

In the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, a simple gym is offering a sense of purpose and a place to meet for a generation of displaced young men.