Mitchel van Essen is a documentary photographer/camera journalist from the Netherlands. As a strong believer of fostering creativity through personal pursuits, van Essen always tends to focus on the unknown and has used his camera to do so while traveling the world, working as both a camera-journalist and photographer. He has worked alongside award-winning journalist and filmmaker Johann Abrahams, who is also the one that introduced him to the small village Genadendal (South Africa)  for the first time back in 2013. 

After graduating with a bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of Amsterdam, van Essen completed his first documentary project 'The Valley of Grace'. The project has been exhibited at multiple venues in Amsterdam and is now on display at the University of Pretoria (South-Africa) as a research project in collaboration with the Centre for Curating the Archives and Dr. Siona O'Connell (Towards Freedom II). 

As a photographer he has built up experience in a broad variety of genres. Working as a concert, documentary and editorial photographer.  





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