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A little over a week ago I broke my elbow after a fall with my bicycle on some of Antwerp’s historic cobblestones…

Sadly this means I won’t be able to photograph for a while and create new work. To keep things moving and by way of sharing a bit of my archive work, I’ve started sharing some of my photographs and thoughts or stories on my instagram feed.


It’s also a nice way to share some images that won’t make the cut and so won’t end up in my first photo book ‘In praise of shadows’.

Hope you’ll like the work 🙂


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Pak #1 Toys

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

I’ve been going through the archive of all the work I did in Pakistan and found a few images that somehow are not on my website, blog and haven’t been seen at all. I’ll be posting a few of them along the way as I feel they are nice enough to share. This one is a view from a toy store in the old city center of Karachi. Enjoy and happy weekend.

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Eddy’s coming back

Eddy Wally, a legend in Flanders, self proclaimed ‘Voice of Europe’ was someone I always wanted to photograph. Uber kitsch and part of the flemish heritage sort of speak.  A few years ago I finally had the chance and took the picture which you see here.

When I heard last week that he got unwell during the ‘Gentse Feesten’ I feared the worst for the 78 year old entertainer.  But oh no… he’s coming back. Today I read that he might even get back on stage later on next week during the ‘Feesten’ to continue his daily shows there.

I know a lot of people laugh at him and make fun on him. But to me he’s on of the genuine artists and a true believer in what he does. He simply lives and breathes entertainment and that is what makes him so special. He can get a crowd going like nobody can. So I’m happy he’s doing well and hope to once more get a chance to photograph him later on.

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Cats and Kings

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Going through my archive with yesterdays post on Roots in mind, I came across these two images.

I’ve added a new gallery onto my website called Roots, where I’ll be putting up more of these kind of images. Enjoy!


Every woman counts

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

After returning from Pakistan, Amsterdam and New York, I’ve finally had a little time to work on my project on Childbirth and maternal mortality in Pakistan and put a first big selection online on my website.

You can see the work via this link.

I visited Pakistan for the first time in November 2009 with the intent of addressing different women’s rights issues. With a recent operation that I had been through still fresh in my mind, the contrast between the standard of medical care I had received in Europe and the care that the women in rural Pakistan received was stark. Soon after meeting Dr. Shershah Syed, a gynecologist and women’s rights activist, I decided to focus my attention on maternal mortality and fistula alone. Seeing the challenges that these women were facing with my own eyes made me realize how important it is to tell their story.

Pakistan loses one women every 30 minutes to preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth, while about 3,000 cases of obstetric fistula occur each year in the country. One in every eleven children born in Pakistan dies before his or her fifth birthday. It’s estimated that around 52% of women in Pakistan give birth at home, usually without skilled or trained birth attendants.

Heartbreakingly, most of the deaths and complications surrounding childbirth are treatable. Young women die because they have no access to sufficiently equipped medical facilities, or because the traditional midwife (dai) doesn’t refer the women in time to the hospitals when complications arise and a caesarean section is needed. In a place where poverty is rife, most families can’t afford the medicine or care they require.

I hope this work will move you in the way these women have moved me.

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I’ve just updated my gallery on daily life in Pakistan. I hope you like the work.

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Slum life

Another update on some of my recent work in Pakistan.

The series I’ve put online is on the lives in two slums in Karachi and Islamabad. Slum life Pakistan

The Lines Area slum in Karachi is where the washermen community live in poor conditions while taking care of the washing of the middle and upper class. Poor housing conditions lacking basic things as water, electricity, sanitation and room for the families to live in.

The second is France colony in the city center of Islamabad. Just behind the villas and busy shopping market, where the Christian minority of the city live and face constant discrimination based on their religion.

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Village 108 and 109

First travel into the rural areas. This time interior Punjab to the villages 108 and 109 of the Khanpur neighourhood.

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Daily life in Pakistan

These are two pictures I recently took during my trip through Pakistan. More pictures can be seen on my website in this gallery.

Hope you like the work.

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Website update

I’ve just updated my website and added some pictures and a gallery on Iran.

Check it out here and hope you like it.

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