In an old brick warehouse in a Chinese boomtown, workers have thousands of jeans to scrub before dawn. The machines they use — to create the vintage look — send into the air lung-clogging blue dust.
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Working more than a decade as an independent photojournalist with leading magazines and newspapers, I specialise in reaching people in hidden, harsh or sensitive situations. Whether tackling themes such as authoritarianism in Russia, exploitation in China or illegal immigration in Europe, I aim to get inside the worlds of the people involved. Through my photography and writing, I want to challenge preconceptions, expose hypocrisy and condemn abuse as much as I celebrate strength and humanity. For the last four years I've been based in Moscow, doing reportage and corporate assignments in Russia, China and beyond. Previously I lived in Amsterdam, working in Western Europe. I speak Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, English and Dutch. Some of my projects are commissioned, while others are self-initiated. I apply the same passion, persistence and discipline to both. I also show work in galleries and museums, including the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, which collected a body of my work. In my previous job I worked as a Reuters correspondent, covering China from Beijing and managing a financial reporting bureau in Shenzhen city. Before that, I was at Cambridge University, reading Philosophy and Political Sciences. I was born in Hong Kong in 1974.