Born in the Netherlands in 1983, Pascal Vossen is a documentary photographer based in London, United Kingdom. Through his work he aims to show what life is like for vulnerable groups affected by extreme poverty or conflict.
He has a background in law and graduated in 2012 with an MA in Commercial and Corporate Law from Maastricht University, Netherlands. During the autumn of 2013 he worked at ‘NOOR’ collective based in Amsterdam, which further intensified his interest for visual storytelling.
In 2014, Pascal graduated from the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course at the London College of Communication, led by Paul Lowe, Max Houghton and Edmund Clark. Under their supervision he finished his graduation project ’The Nail That Sticks Up Will Be Hammered Down ’ on the paradox between individualism and collectivism in contemporary Japan. This project has since been shown as part of a group exhibition at The Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome (MACRO).
GUP selected him in 2014 as belonging to the best 100 emerging Dutch photographers and his work appeared in their book NEW Dutch Photography Talent 2014. He has since been published in various international magazines and newspapers, e.g. Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, CNN, BuzzFeed World, DAYS JAPAN, El Pais, The Telegraph and the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.
Pascal has experience working on a large variety of topics and circumstances; from human interest stories to socioeconomic/sociopolitical orientated and archival based work, but always looks to maintain an emphasis on the human aspect of the story. Since he began his career in photography in 2014, Pascal has produced work in Romania, Ukraine, Mozambique, Japan, Turkey, Iraq and Sweden.
Pascal is available for commissioned work in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Entitled to Nothing
Project - 'Entitled to nothing' documents the living conditions and daily life of Romanian Roma beggars in Sweden and looks to raise awareness of the struggle against racism and poverty that this ethnic minority still faces in Europe today. The work also tries to engage with the stigmatizing and marginalizing effects of begging and how these might impact the future generations of Roma.
A Nation in Relapse
Image from the project 'A Nation in Relapse' on the silent HIV epidemic in Ukraine - Photo caption: Pryluky, Ukraine, April 16th, 2016. A collection of around 8 priests sing to the inmates of a juvenile penitentiary from a stage, singing and gesticulating whilst the boys stare blankly back.