Nick Hannes

29May/130

The Other Hundred

"The Forbes 100, the Fortune 500, Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index... the list of rich lists is endless. We want to tell the story of The Other Hundred – those people who aren’t among the world’s rich, but whose lives deserve to be celebrated." (from 'The Other Hundred'-website)

'The Other Hundred' has released its list of the 100 winners of the open call. My photograph of the Greek gas station wedding has been selected for 'The Other Hundred'-photobook, that will be launched in late 2013. Over 11,000 images from 158 countries were submitted in the contest.
Crisis wedding party

Statement on my submission: 'The Other Hundred' is a fierce statement against the capitalist doctrine and the power of the rich. I'm very happy this photograph is in. The Greeks I photographed at the gas station wedding party, urged me to show these photographs around, so the world could see they won't let themselves down. "We will keep on dancing and laughing, even when our last cent has been taken away", they told me. I was moved by their optimism. I fully understand their indignation. After all the so-called economical crisis only hits the common people, 'the other hundred'. There is enough wealth in our world. There just ain't no fair redistribution.'

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28May/130

Grand Prix de Luxe

De Standaard published a double page with my photographs of the Grand Prix F1 in Monaco last weekend. I didn't point my camera at the cars and their famous pilots, but concentrated on the mostly prosperous audience that shows up for the race.
My visit to Monaco fits in with my project about the Mediterranean region.
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19May/130

Nikon Press Photo Award 2012

My photograph of the crisis wedding in a Greek fuel station in Patras has been awarded the Nikon Press Photo Award 2012. The price is a nice amount of photographic equipment, free to choose from the Nikon catalogue. A welcome support to continue my project about the Mediterranean region!
Crisis wedding party

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5May/130

Oh! The joy

De Standaard Weekblad published some of my photographs about Mediterranean beaches and nightlife.

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Text from the article (in Dutch):

Sea, sex and sun
Le soleil au zénith
Vingt ans, dix-huit
Dix-sept à la limite

De erotiserende kracht van zon en zee werd treffend bezongen door Serge Gainsbourg. Op het strand geldt een andere moraal. Daar wordt openlijk gepronkt met borsten en billen. Een spel van kijken en bekeken worden. Na zonsondergang verplaatst de verleidingsdans zich naar de obscuriteit van de moderne lusthoven, de discotheken, waar muziek en alcohol de hormonen verder op hol doen slaan. Van Ibiza tot in het Turkse Marmaris. Sinds 2010 reist Nick Hannes naar mediterraanse kusten om er de tijdgeest te betrappen. ‘De Middellandse Zee heeft veel gezichten’, zegt de fotograaf. ‘Er is de zee van de vissers, de zee van vluchtelingen in gammele bootjes en de zee als transportzone van olie en containers. Er zijn nationale parken, er is milieuvervuiling. De kust kent extreme rijkdom, maar ook armoede en conflicten. Er is terrorisme en toerisme. The Continuity of Man is een caleidoscopisch portret van de bakermat van onze beschaving.’ De westerse toerist associeert het mediterrane leven met eten, wijn, hitte en zwoele avonden, het goede leven. Voor dit themanummer selecteerde Hannes een reeks foto’s die baden in vakantiesfeer en joie de vivre.

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5May/130

Kaunas Photo visit

I was in Kaunas (Lithuania) for three days, to attend the Kaunas Photo Festival, where my series 'Traditions in Flanders' is on display. I gave a presentation of my work in the Zilinskas Art Gallery on April 30. Many thanks to Mindaugas Kavaliauskas and Gintaras Cesonis for the invitation!
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Billboard with my photograph in Kaunas
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The Zilinskas Art Gallery, where most of the exhibitions take place.

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