Rob Severein (b.1964, Amsterdam) is a Dutch visual artist, storyteller, photographer and occasional writer. After a successful career in advertising as an art director and creative director, he left his own agency in 2011 to pursue a career in photography. He enrols in a 3-year master’s program at the Amsterdam Photo Academy.
In his work Rob focuses on stories and backgrounds about people and their connection to a certain place. His series about the Exclusion Zone around Chernobyl and the right wing AZOV battalion in Ukraine were published in NRC Handelsblad and VICE Magazine. He was also nominated for the SO Dutch Photography Awards 2015.
In 2017/2018 he participated in the Northern Lights Photography Masterclass (Noorderlicht Photography Masterclass).
At the moment Rob is working, besides commercial assignments, on a photography project about ‘the great emptiness’ in FOORBIJ NIJ ALTOENAE (Past Nij Altoenae). A book wil be published in June 2020.
“My work has a strong narrative character. It distinguishes itself by a deep fascination for headstrong people and their relationship to their natural surroundings. I combine landscapes, stills and portraits in which I try to let poetry, personal stories and experiences of strangers shimmer through in a way that touches me.”
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.