Guy van Grinsven

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October 17, 2021

Guy van Grinsven (Maastricht, January 6, 1949 – there, October 11, 2021) was a Dutch photographer. Van Grinsven was the founder of "Studiopress" and worked from his photo studio in Maastricht. He was also the TV producer and presenter of the weekly program Level Bizz Magazine on the Limburg channel L1. He was also the publisher of a magazine, Level Bizz magazine euregion, which is published in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. In 2009 he photographed for the KRO, with Anita Witzier as presenter, the calendar for the program Blootgewoon, together with photographer Patricia Steur. He started his career as an aircraft constructor at aircraft manufacturer Fokker. Photography was initially only his hobby, but he was already trained at the Dutch Fotovakschool. After obtaining this professional diploma, he was able to work as a photographer and gained his experience in Amsterdam at various internationally operating advertising photo studios. Before establishing himself as an independent photographer in Maastricht, he worked for a period of three years as a photographer for the Nationaal Fotopersbureau (NFP), which was also a Dutch correspondent for the Associated Press. Before that, as a photographer for various media, he often accompanied the royal family on state visits all over the world. On September 11, 2001, Guy van Grinsven was the only Dutch photographer-cameraman to witness the attack on the World Trade Center in New York. His images have been frequently broadcast on television and published in many newspapers and magazines. In 2011, Van Grinsven returned to New York to make a new photo series according to the principle of "Dear-Photography" (old images in new situations), whereby a contemporary image of New York is supported by images from the past, published in, among others, his own magazine Level Bizz Magazine. Since 2012, he has focused on making photo books about cities and their surroundings, especially in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion. The first (English) photo book was published in autumn 2013 under the name All around Maastricht volume 1, and was sold out in no time, so that a completely new book was published in 2015, under the same name volume 2. As well as some commissioned photo books, including one for the internationally operating company Antonius Vesselheads in Maasbracht. In 2018/2019 a major retrospective exhibition entitled Surviving was held in the Maastricht Museum aan het Vrijthof and a photo book by him was published under the same title. In December 2019, partly for health reasons, van Grinsven moved his photo studio to his gallery in the heart of Maastricht. Van Grinsven made TV documentaries, approximately 150 episodes, with a humanitarian, historical or cultural background. His documentaries about the First and Second World War and aid projects such as those of the Pimma Foundation in Guatemala and El Salvador and the reconstruction of an orphanage in Port-au-Prince in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 are well-known.

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