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Filip Claus Wikipedia
Filip Claus (March 17, 1957) is a Belgian photojournalist. He focuses on street photography and 'life reportage' style.
Claus was born in Aalst, Belgium, the third of four children. His father Paul Claus was managing director of international cultural affairs and also inspector at the national center for youth. His mother Anna Cordemans was a progressive writer for the Katholieke Arbeidersvrouwen (Dutch for Catholic Workers Women). She died of cancer when Claus was 14 years old. Claus' grandfather (Marcel Cordemans) was the first editor-in-chief of the Flemish daily newspaper De Standaard (Dutch for The Standard). Pol Van den Abeele, the first photojournalist of De Standaard, was a close friend of the family, and introduced Claus to the world of photojournalism.
At age 18 Claus left school to travel and explore the world for several years. When he returned in 1980, he attended a photography course at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. Dissatisfied with the approach of some teachers, he left after half a year. In May 1981 he received his first assignment from the Socialist Flemish newspaper De Morgen (Dutch for The Morning). Claus spent almost three decades as a photojournalist on assignment for De Morgen. He specialised in Belgian politics and conflicts in Africa, the Middle-East and south eastern Europe. Claus documented the revolution in Romania in 1989, the AIDS problem in South Africa and the genocide in Rwanda. He also made portraits of Belgian politicians such as former Prime Ministers of Belgium Jean-Luc Dehaene and Guy Verhofstadt. He is renowned for his photographs are of ordinary daily life, such as Ronse. In 2009 Claus won the Dexia Press Award for his outstanding contributions to photojournalism.
Since 2009 he has worked as a freelance photographer for diverse media, aiming to use photography in the service of humanity. To this end he has collaborated on many human documentary projects. Since 2009 he has worked with Belgian photographers (Yann Bertrand, Tim Dirven, Jimmy Kets, Jonas Lampens and Bob Van Mol) on the project Lijn 3, a social and human document of a specific neighbourhood De Brugse Poort in Ghent, Belgium. In 2010 an overview book of his work Een reisgids voor het land der blinden (Dutch for A guidebook for the country of the blinds) was published by Ludion. In 2011 and 2012 he documented the culture, traditions, religion, education and sport of the Flemish city and municipality of Aalst, resulting in the photo book Vlaanderen in Aalst (Dutch for Flanders in Aalst), published by Snoeck. This work shows a sequence of narrative Flemish images, captured with irony. This project was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum (Dutch for Municipal Museum) in Aalst in 2013.
In 2013 Claus undertook the Cairopolis project. Together with 3 other Belgian photographers (Zaza Bertrand, Bieke Depoorter and Harry Gruyaert) he spent 8 weeks in Cairo, documenting the daily life of the capital of Egypt. He focused on street scenes and the contrast between traditional craftsmen and the modernity of the city. An exhibition was held and a book published with the work from this project.
Claus almost exclusively used a Nikon D3S camera.Lijn 3 - Beelden & verhalen uit de stadsrand van Gent. Antwerp, Belgium: Ludion, 2010.
Een reisgids voor het land der blinden. Antwerp, Belgium: Ludion, 2010.
Vlaanderen in Aalst. Gent-Kortrijk: Snoeck, 2012.
Cairopolis. Gent: Uitgeverij Snoeck, 2013.