Hollandse Hoogte, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jan van IJken is a documentary photographer and filmmaker, specializing in long-term personal projects. He published 3 photobooks: A touch of Divinity, New Neighbours and Dierbaar / Precious Animals. His first film Facing Animals was released in 2012. It was screened at many international filmfestivals and won a few awards.
Some animals are "manufactured" as food, while others are pampered as pets — it's an uncomfortable contradiction that most people prefer to ignore, but the conflicting realities are examined directly with this photo project commissioned in the Netherlands.