Ellen Kok is a Dutch photographer and writer who combines photo essays with written stories. She firmly believes storytelling is an important art that can open eyes and connect people. Her photography is based on trust and intimacy.
Ellen is currently based in Drewsville, New Hampshire, where she recently completed her books “Cadets” (2013) and “The Other Farm” (2015). “Cadets” – photos from which are shown at Photoville – is the result of over two years shadowing the JROTC unit of Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, New Hampshire. For “The Other Farm,” Ellen followed life at two family farms, one in the Netherlands and one in Vermont, for eleven years. She produced and published both books herself, under her imprint “Netherlight.”
Ellen studied at the School for Journalism in Utrecht, the Netherlands, before working as a photography critic for several Dutch newspapers and photography magazines and as a freelance photographer. For ten years she specialized in agricultural photography.
Now she works mainly on in-depth documentary projects revolving around the lives of young people. They are among the most vulnerable members of our society, she believes, and how we treat them says a great deal about our culture.