Frits Meyst

Frits Meyst

Frits Meyst graduated in 1992 at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague as a documentary photographer. His career in freelance photojournalism brought him to some of the worlds hotspots. His images are published in major international newspapers and magazines. Apart from doing commissioned work for Dutch newspapers and magazines, he has also been on assignment for Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian, Stern, and Paris Match. Several of Meysts' reportages were crowned with Dutch awards and an honourable mention in the World Press Photo. The crown on his work is the 'Zilveren Camera' Silver Camera Award for the best press photo of the year 1991, covering the exodus of Iraqi Kurds after the war in Iraq. Coincidence brought Meyst back to the same region in 2003 to witness the ousting of Saddam Hussein. From the war in Yugoslavia, via the tribal clashes in the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq, through the riots in Indonesia, to the earthquake in Turkey, Meyst covered massive human suffering. After more than twelve years as a freelance photojournalist working amidst sorrow and human strife, Frits Meyst decided that he needed a different challenge, a challenge that would bring him instead, to some of the world's most beautiful places. "Trekking, climbing mountains, paragliding, sea kayaking and canyoning, makes me explore my limits. I want to know what my physical and mental limits are. Through my outdoor adventures I realize the strength of nature and that makes me humble. So, when I can conquer a mountain, surviving adverse weather conditions and improvising with daily living, I feel very much alive." says Meyst.

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