Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands. She has worked in many parts of the world, with a focus on Africa. As a news and documentary photographer, she covers current affairs and contemporary social issues.

She was born in the Netherlands, and after leaving school she studied for a year in South Dakota (USA), before returning home to study journalism and photography. She graduated in 2006, and started working as a freelance photographer.

Her work has appeared in The New York TimesTIMENewsweekDer SpiegelSTERNTelegraph Magazine and many others.

Her pictures have been exhibited in several museums and photo festivals. After working on a story about the right-wing organization Kommandokorps in South Africa, she was listed by PDN as one of the 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. She was also named as one of twelve participants in the 2012 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.

Accolades include a Canon AFJ Award, two World Press Photo Awards, and two POYi’s Awards. In 2013, Ilvy Njiokiktjien became Photographer of the Nation in The Netherlands. In that year, she travelled extensively throughout the Netherlands to photograph 100 birthday celebrations. She believes that showing the way people celebrate, also shows much about their culture.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Ilvy Njiokiktjien

I Am Because We Are

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5
 archive : 2020

With a higher proportion of the Dutch population finding co-living as a solution to the rising cost of living, providing elder-care, living sustainably, and coping with loneliness, these alternative options have become more available, and diverse.

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BORN FREE – Mandela’s Generation of Hope

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

In 1994, twenty five years ago, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president and his nation was a free country. The children born around that time are now young adults: the born-free generation for whom racial segregation is a thing of the past. But how free are they now?

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