John Vink was born in Belgium in 1948. He studied photography at the fine arts school of La Cambre in 1968 and began working as a freelance journalist three years later. He joined Agence Vu in Paris in 1986 and won the Eugene Smith Award that year for his work ‘Water in the Sahel’, an extensive body of reportage on the management of water in the Sahel. Between 1987 and 1993 he compiled a major work on refugees around the world; the book ‘Réfugiés’ was published in 1994. He created and published ‘Themes’ a photography magazine dedicated to documentary photography. John Vink became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1997. In 1993 he started working on ‘Peuples d’en Haut’, published in 2004, which is a series of chronicles of communities with strong cultural identities living in mountainous areas. He was based in Cambodia from 2000 to 2016, a country he has visited since 1989, covering political and social issues through self-assigned stories. The book 'Avoir 20 Ans à Phnom Penh' was published in 2000, and ‘Poids Mouche’, a book on Khmer boxing was published in 2006. In 2012 he publishes ‘Quest for Land’ for the iPad, a compilation of 11 years on land issues in Cambodia. In 2013 he created 4Rivers eBooks (http://www.4riversebooks.com/Mono/), dedicated to publishing e-books with his own work. Five ebooks have been published to this date. He is based back in Brussels, Belgium since August 2016. He resigned from Magnum in June 2017 and joins MAPS in September 2017.