'As an artist, I think you should be an activist: an esthetic journalist, a philosopher, a wanderer. Art, to me, is a tool to investigate ourselves, our ways of life, our community's, our connection to the things in life our minds cannot explain. Art is a search for meaning, an ongoing quest in which we should never want to look for answers but rather keep questioning what we believe to be true and rational so we can keep the magic of our imagination and the playfulness of our souls alive.'
France, 1978. Cameraman, filmmaker and visual artist living and working in Amsterdam / The Netherlands.
'As a television cameraman, I probably filmed some 400 reports in over 50 countries during the past eighteen years. I covered anything from natural disasters, warzones and diseases to political events, music videos and short documentaries.
Through these travels, I was privileged to obtain a unique and very personal look into humanity and our global society. I was able to witness up close what most of us will only learn about through media.
'Inspired by the expressionist movements of the early 20th century like Vincent VanGogh and, Modigliani and Paul Gaugin. The works by Albert Camus on the artist and his time, Sigmund Freud's ideas of the conscious versus the unconscious mind and contemporary heroes like Marlène Dumas and Jenny Saville, I try to combine the technical and esthetic aspects of painting with documentation of our rapidly changing global identity.'
To have a closer look at my camerawork, please visit Alexander Koning AV.
Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Liberia, Cameroon, Libya, Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Japan, Ethiopia, Syria, Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, England, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Finland, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Bosnia, Serbia, Greece, United States, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Israel, Denmark, Iceland.