Joel van Houdt (b. 1981, the Netherlands) is an independent photojournalist based in Moscow. Between 2010 and 2015 he was based in Afghanistan where he still works as well.

He studied Photography and Design in Bradford, UK and graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2003.

His two-year project 'Entering Europe', documenting the life of an educated Moroccan before, during and after he illegally sneaks into Spain, was exhibited at Gemak in the Netherlands, Galleries in Belgium and published in Stern, Trouw, De Standaard, VSD and El Semanal among others.
The reportage won best picture at Germany's top media prize (Lead Academy) in 2011.

Van Houdt's work has appeared in various global publications including Al Jazeera America, COLORS, FT Weekend Magazine, GEO China, GQ, The Guardian, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, NRC Handelsblad, Der Spiegel, Stern, The Sunday Age, TIME, Trouw, De Volkskrant, Vrij Nederland, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Times and The New York Times Magazine



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