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Trailer Guatephoto Festival 2012

500 Photographers will be showing a projection at the Guatephoto festival. I have carefully selected 20 Photographers to be shown at the [DOT]COM exhibition.
Together with Bart Dykstra (motion design & guitars) I have created a small teaser / trailer for the exhibit, just to get you in the mood.
I will be in Guatemala City between November 7 and 12, so don’t hesitate to say hi if you are in the neighborhood.

Four websites have been asked to create a projection, including FlakphotoLenscratch and FotoVisura.
You can visit the [DOT]COM exhibit between November 7 and 25, 2012, at Avenida Las Américas 16-76, Zona 13, Guatemala City, Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 to 18h.
For more information on the [DOT]COM exhibit and all the other exhibitions and events at Guatephoto visit:

Do you want a tailor-made 500 Photographers projection at your photography event or are you interested in creating an exhibition? Do you need a curator or editor for a magazine, book or any other publication? Do not hesitate to contact me. I am also available for lectures and portfolio reviews. Is there any other way you think we can work together, let me know!

Update on 500 Photographers

Dear readers & followers,

After a silent period I thought it was time to let you know what is going on at 500 Photographers so you know what to expect the coming months and ofcourse to let you know when the remaining 45 photographers will be posted.
500 Photographers has been asked by Guatephoto, a photo festival in Guatemala city in November, to create a projection that will be shown at the new gallery of La Fototeca. In the converted movie theatre they will be placing four large screens projecting the work of this website and three other well respected and known websites simultaneously. Currently I am curating and producing the projection to make something that should make some jaws drop. Throughout the city there will be exhibitions including work from acclaimed photographers as Roger Ballen, Maleonn and Erwin Olaf.

At the same time I’m looking for the remaining 45 photographers that will be featured on this website to complete the list as well as creating things to be done after the website is completed. If you still want to suggest yourself or someone else you believe should be included: now is the time. Check the suggestions page and send me an e-mail. Make sure the photographers you suggest are truly special image makers with a clear signature.
As quality has been my highest priority throughout the process of creating this website, I’m not yet going to pinpoint the exact moment when the photographers will be posted on here, however, it should not be too long from now. I’m excited about the festival in Guatemala, and excited to be finishing 500 Photographers.

To make sure you don’t miss the moment when 500 continues you can subscribe to the rss feed above or like the facebook page.
For those people going to Guatephoto: it would be wonderful to meet you.

Friendly greetings, Pieter Wisse

One of us in trouble… let’s help a colleague!

Photographer #242: Jonathan Waiter, age 32, was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma (stage 3 or 4), cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system. Tumors were found in the chest cavity, lungs and the surrounding major arteries. The cancer has also spread to his kidneys, liver and pancreas. His Medicaid application was denied and the information is currently being reviewed by his friends. They will be going through the motions to appeal the decision by way of a hearing. Jonathan himself is undergoing aggresive treatment while the medical bills are piling up.

Friends of Jonathan have started a fundraiser. As Jonathan is a freelance photographer (thus self employed) he is unable to make any money, has limited access to health coverage, no disability insurance and no paid sick time. However, he needs to cover his day to day expenses. This is our possibility to help a colleague who is truly in need.
I wish Jonathan, his family and friends all the best and strength.

For more information, updates and to donate go to:
For those that do not have a creditcard, paypal is also possible to [email protected]

Winner of the T-shirt design contest

Yes we have a winner… and the T-shirt will be going into production by next week. The entire production will take about four weeks, that’s when I’ll be able to ship your T-shirt to your doorstep. For those that want to make sure to get a copy; I’ll be starting pre-sale as of tomorrow. Through PayPal you’ll be able to order and pay your limited edition T-shirt (100 copies). This time we have chosen a black Fruit of the Loom Heavy Pocket T-shirt. The front print will be on the pocket and the back print will be large. The sizes available will be from small all the way to XXL. Each size has a very limited amount of T’s.
The winning T-shirt, and thus the T-shirt that will be going into production, is designed by Kristiaan Passchier. (

The other designs (of which two will be printed as A6 stickers and send to you with the T-shirt) are the following (in random order):

Number 2: Nicole Gelinas (
Number 3: Tóth Bence
Number 4: Francesco Gadaleta (
Number 5: Toth Cosmin

I’d like to thank all the participants for their designs and hope that you are as excited about the winning design as I am.
PS: New photographers are coming up in the near, near future.

T-Shirt design contest | Tattoo-style


What am I looking for?:
I’m looking for an original “tattoo-style” design that will be printed on black t-shirts in a limited edition of 100. It needs to have a reference to the number 500 but can include lot’s of other things from skulls to pretty flowers to vintage cameras. It needs to be “bad-ass”, original and creative! I’d like a fairly large design for the back of the t-shirt and a small one for the front (optional) that might be placed on a front pouch.

Are there restrictions?:
Yes, you are only allowed to use a maximum of 2 colors as we are printing at an expensive but high quality screen printer and still want the t-shirts to be affordable. You also have to be able to deliver the images (once chosen) in the correct vector format: either .eps, .ai or .cdr.

What will you get in return?:
You will get 2 t-shirts with your own design in the sizes you wish, a collection of photography / poster-art books including Backflashes: Graffity Tales by Ruedione and Emek …the thinking man’s poster artist…
Your name and website will be mentioned on this website, the facebook page and the certificates of authenticity that come with the t-shirts.
All designs submitted will be posted on facebook with your name and website on the 500 Photographers facebook page.

When is the deadline?:
We’re working fast, so the deadline for your examples is SATURDAY JUNE 2ND 2012.

E-MAIL YOUR DESIGN TO: [email protected] (mention “t-shirt design” in the subject box)

Photographer #455: Neil Krug

Neil Krug, 1983, USA, is a photographer and director based in Los Angeles. Together with his girlfriend, now wife, Joni Harbeck, he founded Pulp Art Book, a collection of photography and commercial work in limited edition prints, books and films. In 2011 he released the LP-sized Pulp Art Book: Volume One with images of Joni shot with polaroid film years past its sell-by date. The narrative photographs remind us of spaghetti westerns and the artistic expressions of the 60s and 70s in B-movies and on LP covers. Pulp Art Book: Volume Two is expected to be released in June of 2012. This time the Poliziotteschi films were a major influence. Neil has created a vast amount of CD / LP covers for bands as My Chemical Romance, Scissor Sisters, Ladytron and The Pierces. Among his commercial clients are Warner Bros. Records, Warp Records and Burton Snowboards. The following images come from the portfolios Ladytron – Gravity the Seducer, Pulp Art Book: Volume One and My Chemical Romance.


Photographer #454: Manabu Yamanaka

Manabu Yamanaka, 1959, Japan, is a photographer who focuses mainly on societal outcasts. In 2009 he released a monograph entitled Gyahtei which shows the six major series he has created during a period of 25 years, all with titles that originate from Buddhism. One of those series is Jyoudo; a collection of photographs portraying physically deformed human beings, including some of the worst kind of deformation imaginable. Manabu noticed that even in this state “I saw how truly natural each one of their lives really were.” Amongst his other subjects are elderly photographed in the nude, street children and homeless people. His images are strong, powerful, (un)comforting and might sometimes be hard to digest. His latest body of work is a series of images that show unborn and deformed embryos. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the world and has appeared in numerous publications. The following images come from the series Jyoudo, Gyahtei and Fujohkan.