Femke den Hollander (°1979, Bruges, Belgium) studied social work at the VIVES-university after spending 12 months in Zimbabwe as a high school student. She always had an interest in documentary work, both photography and film. At the age of 30 she realized she could actually buy a camera to document people and society. So she did. Her first camera came as a second hand Nikon D90, and a 50mm manual objective. Six years later she graduated in photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bruges (Joost Goethals, Paul Silence, Leentje Brands and Priscilla Bistoen) and switched to fullframe camera's.
She participated in several exhibitions and social and cultural projects in Bruges, as a photographer, social investigator and, in some cases, instigator. She's looking for unknown environments, trying to document the lives of people she does not know. Spending time with them teaches her what might remain unseen, unknown and unspoken when no one captures it.
A never ending story.
She's one of the founders of the N.O.D.S.Collective, a photography-based collective, founded in 2018.
She worked for:
De Republiek Brugge, TURBO Brugge, Knack WE, De Stadsrepubliek, Kunstencentrum KAAP, J.E.F. Jeugdfilm, CAW Noord-West-Vlaanderen, Musea Brugge, ARTES, Cinema Lumière, Stad Brugge, OCMW Brugge, Standaard Uitgeverij, Werkplaats Immaterieel Erfgoed, Architectuuratelier Dertien12, vzw Wieder, Caaap, Beweging.net, the Belgium Homeless Cup, VOORSMAAK, Brugge Plus, KOOKEET, Thingit, architect Bert Maeyens, and others.
In 2017&2018 she attended classes by Bieke Depoorter (Magnum), Yann Bertrand (tell me a picture), Jan Desloover (De Standaard), Lisa Vandamme (mentormentor) and others.