Henk Wildschut (Harderwijk, NL, 1967) studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He exhibited his work in Amsterdam, Sydney, Shanghai, Beijing , London, Prague, Rome and The Hague, among other places. In addition to many self-initiated, long-term projects Wildschut has photographed for many Dutch magazines and for numerous design and communication agencies. He made series on dock labourers, illegal immigrants, running people, but he also portrayed many well-known Dutch politicians like Geert Wilders and Peter Balkenende.
Characteristic of Wildschut’s work is a contemplative and often distant view on the people and situations he photographs which lends a balance and monumental quality to his photographs that incite the viewer to further reflect on the subject. With fellow photographer Raimond Wouda Wildschut published two well-received photobooks. For Sandrien LaPaz, published in 2003, Wouda and Wildschut photographed the Indian crew of the chemical tanker Sandrien La Paz, which had been detained in the Amsterdam harbour by the Dutch authorities for over 1,5 years. For the project A’DAM DOC.k, published in 2006, Wouda and Wildschut were commissioned by the Amsterdam City Archives to document Amsterdam’s harbour district. They followed the route of the North Sea Canal from the seaside all the way to Amsterdam’s western dockyards.
He began his Shelter series in 2005. In 2010, this resulted in the book Shelter and the film ‘4.57 Minutes Back Home’ In 2011 his book Shelter was awarded with the Kees Scherer prize for the best Dutch photobook of the years 2009/2010. And he won with Shelter the prestigious Dutch Doc 2011 Award for best documentary project. Wildschut was commissioned by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to work on the topic of Food. After two year this resulted in the book Food and in a exhibition in the Rijksmuseum. At this moment he is back to his old subject immigration and refugees. In the last year he has followed the developments of the refugee camp in Calais. This work will result in April 2016 in a large exhibition in the photography museum Foam in Amsterdam, with the title From Jungle to City. February 2017 he will publish a new book about the project in Calais under the title “Ville de Calais”