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.
“We have a new type of rule now. Not one-man rule, or rule of aristocracy or plutocracy, but of small groups elevated to positions of absolute power by random pressures, and subject to political and economic factors that leave little room for decision. They are representatives of abstract forces who have reached power through surrender of self. The iron-willed dictator is a thing of the past. There will be no more Stalins, no more Hitlers. The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds are rulers by accident, inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.”
William S. Burroughs
“We have justified the demise of family farms, decay of rural communities, pollution of the rural environment, and degradation of soil health as being necessary to provide food security for nations. These justifications are no longer valid or acceptable… an agriculture driven by economics failed to provide for the health of the soil or the health of people. The problems we are facing today are the consequence of too many people, including scientists, pursuing their narrow self-interests without considering the consequence of their actions on the rest of society and the future of humanity… the pursuit of individual, impersonal self-interests – not the long run interests of society or humanity.” –
Professor John Ikerd , 1971
“Over the centuries the creation of the rural landscape has been for a large part in the hands of the farming community.
What connected me to farm life in the first place was the notion that the beauty of Farm-Culture Landscape could be enjoyed daily. And so it was that, that beauty, induced me to work so intensely all the time, so I could be in its captivating presence. This priviliged task of modifying, improving and even inventing the landscape according to the various needs of survival has been at the very heart of agricultural life, and still is, as far as i’m concerned.To be in a position to give shape to a piece of this planet’s surface is deeply gratifying and indeed a privilige when handled carefully”
Hans In t’Veld