Jasper Juinen is a Dutch photographer who as a twelve year old developed his first films in a self built darkroom occupying the entire bathroom of his parental home. After leaving school prematurely he soon exchanged his side job at a one-hour photo lab for a traineeship at Reuters, which would turn out being merely the beginning of his internationally flourishing career.
Five years after this professional kick-start, Jasper joined the Dutch national press agency ANP as a staff photographer. Five years of news and sports photography were to follow, after which he was offered the position of chief photographer at Associated Press in Madrid. In 2008 he changed course to establish the Spanish branch of Getty Images – a chapter he finished in 2013. Back in the Netherlands he currently operates as an all-round, independent photojournalist with a focus on documentary photography.
Instead of staging the ideal, Jasper aims to register reality by observing society from a somewhat distant perspective. His unique view on everyday episodes results from his resistance to all forms of habituation, which enables him to capture moments gone unnoticed by their majority of attendees. By pragmatically extracting a scene’s essence he eliminates all visual aspects not contributing to the bigger picture. His photographs characterize themselves by a sense of aesthetics that prefers authenticity above perfection.
Jasper’s work has been internationally praised and awarded, and was among others published in: Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, El Pais, and NRC Handelsblad.
Every year, in the small village of Santa Marta de Ribarteme, one of the most curious pilgrimages in Spain is held. Starting after a mass at the village's parish church, believers grateful for the miracle of being saved from death go on a pilgrimage in a procession of coffins. Carried by friends and relatives and while 'Virgin Santa Martha, star of the North, we bring you those who saw death' is song out loud, the pilgrim’s process from the cemetery back to the church to round it together with the parish church statue of Saint Marta de Ribarteme, the patron Saint of resurrection.
Everything is different now from almost 10 years ago when Villacañas was part of Spain’s middle class, enjoying high wages and permanent jobs. Within one generation, from the 80s to 2006, the village in the arid plain under Madrid grew to a small bustling industry town. During these construction boom years the majority of the doors used within the newly built developments in Spain were made in Villacañas. Until the housing bubble burst and no one needed a new door. Villacañas is typical for many former buoyant industrial Spanish towns, continuing to struggle with high levels of long-term unemployment. Inequality is set to be one of the main issues in the Spanish general elections the coming years. The new-coming opposition party Podemos claims that the growing poverty rates shows that the economic recovery fails to reach the many unemployed Spanish families.
Geese exterminator Arie den Hertog is doing his part to help Amsterdam avoid facing its own "Miracle on the Hudson.'' Thousands of three-kilogram geese make the waterways around Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport their home, a fraction of the 500,000 to 600,000 in the Netherlands that have boomed in numbers with no natural predators. To reduce the risk of bird-airplane collisions, like the one that forced Capt. Sully Sullenberger to land his Airbus A320 in the middle of the Hudson river, goose catcher Arie den Hertog and his workers patrol the wetlands around the airport. He stalks the large flocks of geese and then corrals them in to waiting fences. Den Hertog targets the geese during their molting period when the geese lack the feathers to take flight and escape. That way, he can nab 10,000 geese in a single year. The easiest way to kill them is by gas in an improvised vehicle he himself built.