Nick Hannes (Antwerp, 1974) is a Belgian photographer based in Ranst.
He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 1997. For the next eight years he worked as a freelance photojournalist for Belgian and Dutch magazines and newspapers. Meanwhile he committed himself to photograph the harsh living conditions of the Kurdish people, resulting in the political documentary Forbidden People.
In 2006 he quit doing press assignments, and started to focus on self-initiated, longterm documentary projects. He left for a one year round trip through the 15 former Soviet republics, carrying only a backpack and a camera. His first book Red Journey (Lannoo Publishers, 2009) deals with the transitional phase in post-Soviet society. Red Journey laid the foundation of Hannes’ distinctive photographic style, in which humour and ambiguity play a prominent role. His second book Tradities, published in 2011, turned his ironic gaze to popular traditions and party culture in his homeland. Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man was published in 2014 by Hannibal Publishers.
His fascination in artificial urban development lead Hannes to Dubai, where he is currently working on a new project about consumerism and recreation.
Hannes exhibited at Thessaloniki Biennial for Contemporary Art, Museum of Photography (Antwerp), Bozar Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Flanders Center (Osaka, Japan), Breda Photo (Breda, NL), Visa pour l’Image (Perpignan), Kaunas Photo (Lithuania), Photo de Mer (Vannes, France), Foto Festiwal Lodz (Poland), PhotoMed (Sanary-sur-Mer, France), Head On (Sydney), amongst others.
He is represented by Cosmos Photo (Paris). Since 2008 he teaches documentary photography at KASK/The School of Arts in Ghent (B).