Dustin Thierry

Visual Artist / Photographer

Healing is at the heart of Dustin Thierry’s work. His projects stem from probing the internal questions he is asking of himself, as well as the external questions he asks of the world. In his approach, Dustin embodies the fact that portraiture itself is a relationship: his gaze is loving, and the result is restorative and generative for himself, his community, and society at large.

Dustin was born in Willemstad, Curaçao in 1985, and at age 14 he moved on his own to the Netherlands. His first project, Dreaming Above the Atlantic (2015-ongoing), is an intimate portrait series of people of Caribbean descent living in the Netherlands. Stemming from a personal craving to reconcile and reconnect with his own identity, the project grew into a much needed exploration of the multiplicity of Caribbean experiences in Europe. Their richness is in their intimacy; they are told from within.

His photographs have been published in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Magnum, Vogue, fluter, Blau Magazine, Glamcult and Vice.

Awards include: Decade Innovation Award by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the United Nations (2017) the Selection Of Dutch Photography award (2019) of which Dustin was the first Black winner, the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Humanity award judged by Magnum photographers (2019).

He was selected by the British Journal of Photography as One to Watch (2019) and Foam Talent (2020). He was a finalist for the Villa Noailles Hyères ‘35th edition’, Somfy Photography Awards at Paris Photo (2020), Joop Swart Masterclass (2019) and The New York Times Portfolio Review (2019).

Upcoming projects will take Dustin to Africa and back to the Caribbean.

Photo by: Koos Breukel

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