Nederland, Rotterdam, 21 augustus 2013 Dirk Jan Visser, fotograaf foto: Elmer van der Marel

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Dirk-Jan Visser (1978 | Assen – the Netherlands) is a visual storyteller based in the Netherlands. Collaborating with creative minds from different backgrounds, he tells independent stories with a strong visual narrative. His publishing platforms vary – mainstream media to books; interactive documentaries to exhibitions – as long as the form serves the story.


His latest publications include OFFSIDE (2012), a book and travelling exhibition on the situation in Nagorno Karabach; Refugee Republic (2014), an interactive multimedia platform showcasing daily life in a refugee camp in Northern Iraq which was awarded with the Dutch Design Award and is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and De Asielzoekmachine. (The Asylum Seekers Machine, 2016), an interactive documentary that examined Dutch policy on asylum seekers in the Netherlands. De Asielzoekmachine was nominated for a Gouden Kalf at the Dutch Film Festival.


Besides his documentary work, Dirk-Jan is one of the initiators and owners of Atelier aan de Middendijk, a small farmhouse in northern Netherlands, which has served as a base for artists to create new work in relation to the inspiring surroundings.