Hendrik Hol biography

I was born on the 23rd of September 1962 in Venlo [Tegelen] in the Netherlands. I live in Amsterdam. I am a photographer [abstract, documentary, landscape and portraitist], writer [ essayist, novelist, philosopher, poet], graphic designer and publisher in one. 

Through the various menu’s you can have a look at my work – the photography, the poetry, some prose, essays on art, politics and other subjects. The accompanying photographs and graphics are all self made, unless stated otherwise.

As a photographer I am working international and I am increasingly underway to capture diverse cultures. Then I make a new publication wherein photography, essays and poetry are combined into one whole.

I am educated as a social-cultural worker and also studied Cultural Studies and Business Administration at the Open University and the University of Amsterdam, with a specialisation on “The Policy of Arts [in the Netherlands].”

Within my studies I had courses on Visual Art, Musicology, The Art of Film, Philosophy, Ethics, Literature, “Big History” [from Big Bang until now], Epistemology, Collecting [Museology], Politicology, Policy, Business Affairs, Marketing.

I worked as a curator  – exhibition maker – at the Dutch Film Museum [now Eye Film], as an assistent Change Management for the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and as a Customer Relationship Manager at the ING Bank Netherlands.

As a photographer and writer I am self-taught, although I participated in various workshops on analogue film development and printing techniques in my late teens and early twenties. I got my first camera [a Fujica SP2] when I was eight, so I was captured with photo fever in my childhood. I also had training in writing essays and poetry.

So far I have published eight books:

– Blauwe Aarde – Blue Earth [2007] a novel – Dutch

Catcher of Light – Vanger van Licht [2009] a photo book – English and Dutch

Tijdschrijver MMX [2010] collected poetry – Dutch. Re-issued in 2023 as Tijdschrijver MMXXII [2022]. Hardcover and digital download.

Volcano’s View [2011] a photo book – English

Greecis [2014] a photo book – English

Willekeur 1 – 20 [2014] computer generated poetry – Dutch [re-issue 2022]. Hardcover and digital download.

Timewriter MMXV [2015] collected poetry – English. Re-issued in 2023 as Timewriter MMXXII [2022]. Hardcover and digital download.

At Random 1 – 20 [2015] computer generated poetry – English [re-issue in 2022]. Hardcover and digital download.

7 of these are currently available as digital downloads and in printed form in the web shop [except the novel “Blauwe Aarde”]. Currently I am working on two new publications.

In the web shop you can buy analogue and digital photo prints of my work.

I wish you do enjoy reading and viewing my work. If you want to speak with me, please do contact. I do look forward to our acquaintance.

See the contact page for information how to contact me.


Hendrik Hol

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