Rob Severein is born in 1964 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he also spends his youth. He studies design and typography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht (HKU). After graduating late 1988, he starts off working as an art director in the advertising industry.
In the years to follow, he is creatively responsible for multiple award winning campaigns at home and abroad, with various advertising agencies.
In 2011 he will leave his co-founded and successful advertising agency. He wants to spend more time in photography and joins the Amsterdam Academy of Photography for a 3-year Master's degree.
Since 2014, Rob is engaged in documentary photography and storytelling, with an emphasis on stories in which the connection of people with their birthplace or home ground plays an important role.
His work on the people in the Exclusion Zone around Chernobyl and his series about the AZOV battalion in Ukraine are published among others in VICE Magazine and NRC Handelsblad. It is also nominated for the 2015 SO Dutch Photography Awards.
Currently, Rob is, next to commercial assignments, working on a long-term project retracing his grandfather who once came back home from the war walking. He is also a participant in the famous Northern Lights Photography Masterclass 2017.
2015 - SO 2015 (Selection of Dutch Photography)
Fading Doel. Village of tears.
Sandwiched between the Antwerp container port and a nuclear power plant is the village of Doel. A village that was in the way of the megalomaniac expansion of Antwerp for decades, but now, in the end, must make place definitively.