The Willem Poelstra Lecture 2020

This year’s edition presented by Simon Norfolk.

Every year around the date of photographer Willem Poelstra’s death (1956-2018), not-for-profit production house FORHANNA organises The Willem Poelstra Lecture. The lecture is dedicated to Willem Poelstra’s legacy. FORHANNA invite’s a high-profile speaker from the documentary photography practice who fits in with Willem’s working ethos: makers who are deeply involved in their own in-depth photography projects.

We are proud to announce that this year’s annual The Willem Poelstra Lecture will be held by Simon Norfolk. The lecture is being organised as part of the Breda Photo 2020 programme. Norfolk (1963, born in Lagos, Nigeria, living in Hove and Kabul) is a landscape photographer whose work over twenty years has been themed around a probing and stretching of the meaning of the word ‘battlefield’ in all its forms. As such, he has photographed in some of the world’s worst
war-zones and refugee crises, but is equally at home photographing supercomputers used to design military systems or the test-launching of nuclear missiles. Time’s layeredness in the landscape is an ongoing fascination of his.

Norfolk’s work has been widely recognised: in 2013 he won the Prix Pictet Commission and he has won multiple World Press Photo and Sony World Photography awards. He has produced four monographs of his work including ‘Afghanistan: Chronotopia’ (2002) which was published in five languages. In 2011 his ‘Burke + Norfolk’ work was one of the first ever photography solo shows at Tate Modern in London.