Dirk-Jan Visser (1978 | Assen – the Netherlands)


I am a documentary photographer, educator and researcher with a background in arts and journalism. In my current practice I am interested in ecological humanities. Using walking as a research method, I am focused on the interrelationship between humans and landscape.



Using research-based practice, I am dedicated to create innovative visual stories to appeal to a large audience. My publishing platforms vary – mainstream media to books; interactive documentaries to exhibitions – as long as the form serves the story.


My latest publications include; 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 was on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; The Holy Road (2017), an interactive road movie about the occupied West Bank; The Walking Seminar, Embodied research in emergent Anthropocene landscapes (2018) and Voorland Groningen, wandelingen door het Antropoceen (2020).


Besides my documentary work, I am 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, designers, researchers and journalists to create new work in relation to the inspiring surroundings of the province of Groningen.