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Wim de Vos, D.O.P, 6 Emmy and 2 Peabody awards.


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Wim de Vos, D.O.P, 6 Emmy and 2 Peabody awards.

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Born in a smal town called Enschede in the east of the Netherlands, I became a photographer in 1971. After attending a photo academy for two years in Munich-Germany(Bayrische Staatslehranstalt fuer Fotografie), I started in South Africa as a film cameraman in 1976. The Soweto student uprising on the 16 June 1976, was my first assignment as a cameraman, working for the then South African SABC TV for about a year and a half, then started filming for the German network ARD doing news and documentary's...after that in 1982 I started freelancing for NOS, ZDF, BBC, French TV, ABC Australia, PBS and NBC untill landing at CBS were I still am today, filming news, 60 Minutes, 48 Hrs and show-side pieces.
On the 17 June 1986 I was deported from South Africa allegedly for breaking the emergency laws, and flown to London were my family and I still live today.
Just about anything that has happened world wide since 1976 I've covered for news from the Soweto uprising to the war in Rhodesia(Zimbabwe, Angole, Mozambique, from Rwanda to Sierra Leone to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Iran, China, India, Afghanistan, the Berlin Wall, Romania, East Germany, Russia, Israel, several winter/summer Olympics and much, much more.
I picked up photography again in 2002 in Afghanistan, were I bought a cheap digital camera at the US military PX shop at Bahram airbase for just $95.-, a little thing not bigger then halve a matchbox with just 0.7mp, that I could take pictures with because I thought it to be a good idea at the time. I have since "moved up" to a Canon ixus 3.1mp then to a Canon ixus 5mp which I like to use as an instant camera because that's all I have space and time for, at the moment I take pictures with a Panasonic Lumix 12mp with a Leica lens, and who knows a Canon G9 next? Update 21/08/08, I've got my canon G9 and will start taking pictures with it soon. The results can be seen on this website, at this moment I'm using a Leica D-lux 4 soon to be upgraded to a D-lux 6.

A Note About The Images,
I post process all images in Photoshop PS7. I tweak contrast and saturation. I dodge and burn. I adjust curves and I do BW conversions. I correct for lens distortion and more. In short, I use a digital darkroom. I am not one of those who believes that what comes out of the camera is the final product. There is nothing you can do in-camera that can not be done better and with greater control in Photoshop. The digital darkroom let's me do everything I used to do in the wet darkroom but without the chemistry, paper safes, print dryers, and working under red lights. The bottom line is that every image you see here came from the Panasonic lumix DMC-FX100 12mp or a Canon ixus 5mp, small camera's that I can wear on by belt, and was post-processed in PH7.

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