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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Here it is! The completely updated, edited and rewritten version of my PhD study, now available for a wide audience as a Small Wars Journal / El Centro book. With a foreword and afterword from Dr John P. Sullivan and Dr Robert J. Bunker, some of the most respected scholars on war studies, organized crime and terrorism. My books covers the dynamics of the drug war, the ultra-capitalist character of narco-trafficking and why extreme violence is not a freak incident, but part of human nature. Read more
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Antwerp Drug Crime

In 2019, I researched drug related crime in Antwerp and the connection with Holland. Most people don’t know that the port of Antwerp is the biggest point of entry of cocaine for the European market and that the Netherlands has become a narco state light. May 2020, my book 'DRUGS. Antwerpen in de Greep van de Nederlandse Syndicaten' was published. It has received much media attention and has already sold 3 editions. Read more


Architectural Photography Exhibit

Teun Voeten will have an exhibit
of his architectural photography
at STIMA Artcenter, Breda, Netherlands

STIMA LOODS - Tilburgseweg 219, 4817 BL Breda

Opening: October 9th 2021
from 1 pm till 6 pm

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Meet (the work of) Teun Voeten

From prestigious musea and universities world wide to underground galleries, literary bars and even living rooms,

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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