Philippe Velez McIntyre was born in Paris and grew up in Colombia and the United States. In the beginning of the eighties he moved back to Europe where he has been living as a freelance photographer and social activist, first in Madrid and then in Paris. Since the early nineties he lives and works in Amsterdam.
His work has evolved around the theme of rural and urban socio-cultural initiatives, particularly where culture meets nature.
His philosophy of life being: Those who have been priviledged and have had the opportunities and the good fortune to choose for what passioned them, have the greater responsibility to contribute for the common good.
All Photographs © Philippe Velez McIntyre, Philippe McIntyre, except when otherwise mentioned.
I do not admit that the dog in the manger has the final right to the manger, even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit, for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to those people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race, or, at any rate, a more worldly-wise race, to put it that way, has come in and taken their place. I do not admit it. I do not think the Red Indians had any right to say, ‘The American Continent belongs to us and we are not going to have any of these European settlers coming in here’. They had not the right, nor had they the power.
“Nous n’avons pas à devenir
majoritaires, nous avons à créer de multiples devenirs minoritaires”.