Wouter Vanhees (1978) is a Belgian photographer, who has been living and working in Hanoi since 2015.
Wouter started documenting his family's life and travels in Vietnam and beyond. Gradually he got more into street and documentary photography, as living in Hanoi sparked an interest in the rapid rate of urbanization of Vietnamese cities and the social implications this creates.
In his artistic work, Wouter aims to tell the story of this urban transformation and of the lives of people on street level amid the changing cityscapes. He often wanders the cities after dusk, hunting for eye-catching and colorful slices of life and turning these into compelling visual stories.
Wouter's work has been featured at OpenWalls Arles 2020, the Angkor Photo Festival and Workshops, The Washington Post, VICE Asia, Urbanautica as well as other exhibitions and publications. Here is a full overview of all features to date. He has also participated in the IPA Mentorship Program, organized by the Singapore-based photography platform Invisible Photographer Asia.