The Willem Poelstra Lecture

The Willem Poelstra Lecture will be organized for the first time and from 2020 every year on October 13.

The Willem Poelstra Lecture

Dedicated to the loving memory of our founding father – Dutch photographer Willem Poelstra – Forhanna is proud to announce ‘The Willem Poelstra Lecture’ to be held annually.

Each year, on the anniversary of Willem’s death, October 13th, we will invite a high-profile speaker from the documentary photography practice. The lecture is dedicated to Willem Poelstra’s legacy. The aim of the lecture is to invite a person who fits in with Willem’s working ethos: makers who are deeply involved in their own in-depth photography projects.

IVOR PRICKETT End of the Caliphate


Ivor Prickett
End of the Caliphate


Monday November 18, 2019
8 PM /  20.00 - 22.00 u
Please check in by 19.45 at the latest
The lecture starts at 20.00

The lecture is free of charge, limited seats available so book ahead. 

Location: World Press Photo House - Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
Address: Haarlemmerweg 4, Amsterdam.
Language: English

Forhanna is happy to welcome war photographer Ivor Prickett (Ireland, 1983) for the first edition of the The Willem Poelstra Lecture. Prickett will talk about his work in Iraq and Syria.

Prickett has been working in the Middle East since the start of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2009. His lecture ‘End of the Caliphate’ will focus on his work in Iraq and Syria between 2016 and 2018. The book was recently published under the same title by Steidl.

Working exclusively for the New York Times, Prickett photographed the battle to defeat ISIS while embedded with Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces. Prickett focuses on the human struggles of conflict. He documented the fighting and the suffering of the population, as well as the many ruined cities. Experts compared the battle of Mosul with some of the most brutal urban warfare since World War II.
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Ivor Prickett was awarded the first prize in the General News Stories category of the 2018 World Press Photo and was a finalist in the category Breaking News Photography of the Pulitzer Prize.


The Willem Poelstra Lecture is currently fully booked. You can leave your name and email so we can get in touch in case seats will come available.


Book: End of the Caliphate by Ivor Prickett

The book ‘End of the Caliphate’ by Ivor Prickett can be bought at a special price of € 40,00. The autor will sign your copy.

The password to continue to the special offer is: ForHanna


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