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.
“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”
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