Teun Voeten is an award winning war photographer and author based in New York and Brussels. Originally, he studied cultural anthropology and philosophy at Leiden University. Over the last 25 years, he covered conflicts world wide for publications such as Vanity Fair and Newsweek and organizations as the UNHCR and ICRC.

He made books on the underground homeless in New York, the war in Sierra Leone and the drug violence in Mexico. Voeten also organizes exhibitions, gives workshops and is a regular lecturer at prestigious academic institutions. He started making video documentaries as well. September 2018, he obtained his PhD degree with a dissertation on the Mexican Drug Violence.


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After three years of research and writing, the Dutch edition of my crystal meth book came out late 2022. I am very happy to say, that the updated US version will come out late 2024. The book covers the worldwide advance of the destructive drug methamphetamine. It is based on fieldwork in Mexico, USA, Kabul, Prague, the Golden Triangle and Holland and Belgium, where many meth labs have been discovered. The book ends with sharp rebuttal of the so called tolerant Dutch drug policy, which actually has transformed the country in a narco state lite. Read more Read more

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In 2012 I published my photo book “Narco Estado. Drug Violence in Mexico.” 12 years later, it is time for a completely updated version of the book. I added my latest images from Sinaloa, Michoacán and Tijuana. The book has introductory essays by El Paso based anthropologist Prof Howard Campbell and Javier Valdez, writer and journalist from Culiacán who was murdered in 2017. The book is completely bilingual, as to reach out to a Latin American and Spanish audience as well. It will appear September 2024. Book presentations are planned in Mexico City, Morelia, Culiacán, New York, Antwerp and Amsterdam and much more cities. Read more

Upcoming Book

Fentanyl. The Silent Killer on the West Coast

Currently, Teun Voeten is working on a research and book project on Fentanyl

Last year, 112.000 people in the US died of a fentanyl overdose

It is currently the most devastating drug in US history. Voeten is working on a research project, covering the West Coast of Northern America.
He has already visited Tijuana, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Over the next year, he will visit Vancouver, San Diego, Portland and Culiacán as well


Meet (the work of) Teun Voeten

From prestigious musea and universities world wide, to underground galleries, literary bars and even living rooms, from penitentiary institutions to Rotary Club meetings

Teun Voeten loves to present his work for a live audience.

Direct communication and exchange of ideas with his audience are essential for his work.

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As an independent PhD candidate, I financed my research myself and never received grants, stipendia, subsidies or government support. Same for the translation of my book and my war photography projects. It can be difficult, but I love to be independent. But somehow my financial resources tend to be rather stretched. You can support my work by purchasing my limited edition prints. Special prints for Special People for Special Prices ... Write me for details ...


Articles, books and documentaries

Besides numerous articles, Voeten wrote several (photo)books and he also started making documentaries



After a short stint studying biology, Teun Voeten started to study Cultural Anthropology, minor philosophy, at Leiden University. September 2018, he will defend his PhD thesis on the Mexican Drug Violence at his Alma Mater.

Voeten anthropological background mirrors itself in his way of working, always looking for the human dimension in international global affairs.

On a regular base, Teun Voeten works as a consultant for companies, humanitarian organizations and government agencies.


Bio, Awards, Resume

As a war photographer, anthropologist, researcher and writer, Voeten is passionate to explore la condition humaine, by all means necessary ... Bio
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