Chantal Heijnen is a documentary and portrait photographer and a devoted educator for the ICP Community Programs & Lantern Community Services in NYC.

Her former career as a social worker influences her photography – it’s intimate and socially engaged. She’s passionate about her long-term personal projects, creating portraits – through people and landscapes – of rarely seen communities. 

Her work has been exhibited at LagosPhoto Festival, FotoFestival Naarden, FOAM, Bronx Documentary Center, Andrew Freedman Home, Photoville, and has been published in international newspapers and magazines like The New York Times, NYT LensBlog, Stern Magazine, Vrij Nederland among others.

Self portrait – The Bronx, 2008

2005 – 2008: Photoacademy, Amsterdam, Bachelor degree, Graduated with Honours
1995 – 1999: Social Academy, Nijmegen, Bachelor degree

group exhibitions
2013 : “Fela Kuti’s Legacy’ – Photoville Festival – Brooklyn, New York
2013 : ‘Fela Kuti’s Legacy’ – Photo Festival Naarden – curated by Feiko Koster Eduard Planting, Netherlands
2012: Bronxites – Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography curated by David Bram, Detroit
2012: Bronxites PhotoPlace Gallery – curated by Kyohei Abe (DCCP), Vermont
2012: Bronxites Figment, Pop-up Show | New York
2011: Ghost Republic Somaliland LagosPhoto Festival | Lagos, Nigeria
2011: Ghost Republic Somaliland Art from the Heart – Pop-up Show | New York City, USA
2010: Bronxites’ video portraits  LekArt Festival | Museum Elisabeth Weeshuis| The Netherlands
2010: Bronxites – FOTOGRAFIA Photo Festival | Rome, Italy
2008: Bronxites’ video portraits FOAM Photo museum | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008: Bronxites Exposure time, NOORDERLICHT Photo Festival| Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

2013 : BKVB – Grant for Fela Kuti’s Legacy | The Netherlands
2012: Dutch Doc Award, nominated long list with the series Bronxites | The Netherlands
2012: BKVB – Publication Grant for Ghost Republic Somaliland book | The Netherlands
2012: CENTER Portfolio Review participant | Santa FE, New Mexico
2011: New York Times Lens Blog publication with series Bronxites
2010: Nominated for Prix ANI | Visa pour l Image Festival | Perpignan, France
2009: Eddie Adams Workshop participant | Jeffersonville, NY
2008: First Prize Photo Academy Award | Publication in De Standaard
2008: First Prize Photo Academy Award | Multi-media assignment Deloitte
2008: Nomination Photo Academy Award | Photo Museum Antwerpen

New York Times, Stern Magazine, Vanity Fair, GUP magazine, Vrij Nederland, De Groene Amsterdammer, NRC Handelsblad, NRC Next, de Volkskrant, de Tijd, IS Magazine, Elsevier, De Standaard, De Tijd, Trouw, OneWorld, Readers Digest, Hollands Diep, FOTO Digi Pro

2010: Antonin Kratochvil, Gallery VII, Brooklyn, NY
2009: Eddie Adams Workshop, Jeffersonville, NY
2007: Photo festival Noorderlicht, James Whitlow Delano & Pablo Bartholomew, NL
2006: Mary Ellen Mark, NY

2014 – current: International Center of Photography (ICP)  | Faculty Community Programs, teaching teenagers darkroom classes .
2014 –  current: Lantern Community Services, teaching photography to formerly homeless people.