The Collective

Born in 1981, Colin Delfosse grew up in Brussels, Belgium where he is currently based. Graduated in journalism, he turned to documentary photography in 2007, and became one of the founding members of the Out of Focus collective. As a freelance photographer, Delfosse initiated his first reportages in Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo, focusing on the mining issues. He covered several countries including China, Iraki Kurdistan, Rwanda, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, where he did a long term project about soviet legacy in central Asia. His reportages has been shown in different festivals in Europe (screening in Arles photos festival and Visa pour l’image, exhibitions in Paris Photo, Circulation(s) and photo festival of Hanover).Colin Delfosse won several awards (POYi  Award of Excellence, Nikon press awards, PDN photo annual awards, Sony World Photography Awards,) and has published in many newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Le Monde, L’Internazionale, The International Herald Tribune, Jeune Afrique, Polka, Photo Raw, etc…
Delfosse goes back frequently to DR Congo to continue his ongoing projects in Kinshasa and North Kivu.

Mathias Depardon, born in 1980, was raised between France, Belgium and the USA. After studying communication and journalism in Brussels, Mathias briefly joined the Belgian national newspaper Le Soir before devoting himself to reportage and feature work. His immersive process and slower approach to journalism allow for comprehensive bodies of work that reveal and frame important social, economic and political issues. He is the Laureate of the Bourse du Talent in 2011 for his reportage Beyond The Borders.  Mathias has work published and is commissioned regularly by leading international periodicals including Le Monde Magazine, Monocle, Elle, Internazionale, The Sunday Times Magazine and Foreign Policy. Exhibitions have included the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Instituto Cervantes in New York and Dust and Scratches Gallery in Moscow.  He is distributed by INSTITUTE.

 

Born in 1982 in Charleroi, Belgium, Pauline Beugnies studied journalism in Ihecs, Brussels and photojournalism at the Danish School of Journalism in Arhus.  Her documentary work has taken her to Bangladesh, Palestine and Albania where she collected stories in her attempt to deconstruct the clichés and stereotypes of the Islamic world in the West. Fluent in Arabic, Pauline Beugnies is currently based in Brussels but travels regularly to Egypt where she has been focusing on documenting the emancipation of youth for the past five years. In 2007, Beugnies received a grant from the Belgian Foundation “La Vocation” to do a project in Congo. In 2010 she was one of the recipients of the Open National Photography Prize for her work on a small island in Cairo. This project was exhibited at the Photography Museum of Charleroi, Belgium. In 2011, Beugnies received a grant from the Belgian Journalism Fund to produce an essay on Egyptian youth. This work resulted in her first book Génération Tahrir, published by Le Bec en l'Air, and in several major exhibitions, between others at the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam in 2012, and in Charleroi photography museum in 2016. Pauline is a founding member of the “Out of Focus” photography collective and participated in a variety of collective exhibitions worldwide.

 

Born in 1985 in Mons, Belgium, Philippe Braquenier received his BFA in photography from the Helb INRACI in Brussels before starting to work for an advertising studio. In 2010, the first recognition of his personal work is reflected in a group exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels with his project Inertia. He is one winners at the Hainaut Prize for Visual Arts in 2013 where he exhibited a multimedia installation on the theme of collective memory.
Since 2015, he turned to photographic documentary as freelance. After working on societal issues such as the concept of territory, or the fear of violence, he dedicates his first long-term project on the storage of knowledge. A part of this project was exhibited at the Aperture Fondation last summer.  

 

Belgian photographer Sanne De Wilde graduated at KASK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Ghent (Belgium) with great honours in 2012. Her photo series 'The Dwarf Empire' was rewarded with the Photo Academy Award 2012 in the categories Volkskrant Magazine and De Morgen, as well as the International Photography Award Emergentes DST in 2013. Her serie ‘Samoa Kekea’, about albinism in Samoa, was awarded the Nikon Press Award 2014 for most promising young photographer. The British Journal of Photography selected De Wilde as one of 'the best emerging talents from around the world'. Since 2013 De Wilde works as a photographer for the Dutch newspaper & magazine De Volkskrant in Amsterdam. ‘Photography is mostly described as a solitary profession but I believe we can rephrase this image of the loner photographer traveling around the world with it’s camera as only companion. Time has come to unite as one and prove that by merging our strengths and strategies we can grow bigger and stronger. This moment in time where division is our foe we come together across countries and language barriers with a common goal and a shared message to the world of the image.’

During a internship experience in 2005 at the Journalism’s Institute « José Marti » in Cuba, Thomas Freteur became attached to documentary photography.
In 2006, with Pauline Beugnies and Colin Delfosse, they founded the photographers' collective "Out of focus", based in Brussels. Since then, Thomas has been working as a freelance photographer in Belgium and abroad. Beside this, he often leads photoworkshops for associations and NGO’s. In 2012, he organized and took part to a longterm photoworkshop in Haiti. Nowadays, he has been working on photos projects around Belgium and Haïti.

Lynn is an art historian with a longstanding dedication to the Arts and interest to contemporary photography. She has been working in the field for over 5 years, gaining a range of commercial, communication and marketing experience from employment running contemporary art galleries and on various projects as art curator in the UK, Germany, China and her native Belgium, developing a particular love for photography. “I am really drawn to photography, which I believe conveys the senses of transition from our society. It attains a specific resonance, a condition that is beyond words and encourages me to explore conceptually and creatively the ways in which contemporary artistic practice seem to move.” She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in History of Art and Contemporary Art graduating in Leuven, Belgium and London, U.K. respectively, which provided her with a firm academic foundation, and strong written and presentational skills.
Lynn joined the Out of Focus collective in May 2016 as Managing Director and is based in Brussels, Belgium