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 and Publications © Philippe Velez McIntyre, Philippe McIntyre, except when otherwise mentioned.

All Publications available via Boekie Woekie Books by Artists, Amsterdam, except when otherwise mentioned.

Philippe McIntyre can be reached at:

philippevelez@gmail.com

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Propaganda

“All art is propaganda and ever must be, despite wailing of purists. I stand in utter shamelessness and say that whatever art I have for writing has been used always for propaganda for gaining the right of black folk to love and enjoy.
I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda. But I do care when propaganda is confined to one side while the other is stripped and silent.”

From Criteria of Negro Art

W.E.B. Du Bois