Wendy Marijnissen is a freelance documentary photographer from Belgium. Intuition and personal interests have always played a major role in her work and naturally guided Wendy to her subjects.
In 2008 she completed a long-term reportage in Israel and Palestine, using music to show a different part of daily life in this stressful and violent region. In the summer of 2009 she covered the East-Jerusalem evictions and later that year went to Pakistan for the first time.For the following 3 years Wendy worked in Pakistan focusing mainly on photographing the hardships of pregnancy and childbirth there. From fistula, traditional midwifes to a camp pregnancy after the devastating floods displaced millions of people in the country. Part of this work in Pakistan was used for the ‘End Fistula campaign’ of the UNFPA.
In 2012 she traveled to Afghanistan for the first time to document the lives of women in this war torn country. A year later she worked with Doctors without borders in Tajikistan on children with TB and in Belgium she produced a series 'Us/Them' about muslim women and the headscarf issues in her country. The project is be a part of the European group project 'The rise of populism in Europe' produced by Fotodok.
In 2015 she returned twice to Pakistan to continue her work on women and daily life which will be published in a book in 2017.
She was a finalist for the Fotovisura Grant for Outstanding Personal photography project 2010 and received a honourable mention at the Photocrati Fund 2011 grant with her work ‘Every woman counts’. In 2010 part of her work in Pakistan was used for the ‘End Fistula campaign’ of the UNFPA. She was a finalist in the Save the Children photo competition in 2012.
Wendy's work has appeared in media like Le Monde, Arte, De Standaard, L'Express, De Morgen, De Tijd, The Jordan Times, Le Vif/L'Express, Worldpulse, The Eyes, Queries, ...