Documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve has reported from dozens of countries and received numerous international awards for his coverage of global contemporary issues.
He has photographed some of the most inaccessible places on earth, from North Korea to Guantanamo Bay to Maoist guerrilla camps in the Himalayas.
Initially a student in philosophy, he discovered his passion lay in photography while enrolled in an overseas study program in Nepal. After graduation, he started his photographic career in Latin America. He returned to Nepal in 2004 to document the growing Maoist rebellion.
Solo exhibitions of his work have been shown in France, Spain and Italy, and his pictures appear regularly in leading international publications including Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, GEO, Stern, Le Figaro Magazine, Le Monde, The Independent weekend magazines, Smithsonian, Foreign Policy and National Geographic.