Hans Neleman

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Hans Neleman (born 30 May 1960, Vlaardingen) is a Dutch-born international photographer and film director residing in Connecticut and working in New York City. He is also the founder of boutique stock photography agency WIN-Initiative [1] and its promotional magazine, WINk.[2]


Neleman studied Fine Art at the Goldsmiths College of Art in London, England and specialized in Photography and Film while at the Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster). Neleman then pursued studio arts at the master level at New York University before establishing himself in his field.

Neleman's personal work includes still lifes and assemblages, while his commercial work has included fashion and celebrity portraiture, as well as advertising campaigns for clients like Nike, American Express and Sony. In the 90s, Neleman also directed several music videos for bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Judybats, and Die Toten Hosen.

Neleman has also had several books published. His first, Moko: Maori Tattoo[3] (1999), delved into the world of the Maori. Silence[4] (2000) features the photographer's unique still lifes and Night Chicas[5] (2003) explores the world of prostitutes in Guatemala.

Neleman has most recently branched out from his photography. He first founded a boutique stock photography agency, WIN-Initiative, centered around youth culture imagery, and launched a quarterly online magazine, WINk. An international photography competition, 10 BEST 10,[6] soon followed. Neleman also co-created an iPhone app for obtaining digital releases, iD Release


       2016 Lumière de L’Aube - Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, France
       2016 Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
       2015 Biennale de Lyon, France
       2015 Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, France
       2014 Musee du quai Branly, Paris, France
       2013 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
       2009 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
       2003 Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York
       2000 Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, France
       2000 Biennale de Lyon, France
       1999 Holland Festival, Netherlands
       1999 Cultura De Nuevo León y Drexel Galeria, Mexico
       1998 Tabakman Gallery New York
       1995 Schneider Gallery, Chicago
       1994 Art Projects International, New York
       1993 Eton Gallery Detroit, Michigan
       1991 Visual Arts Museum, New York



Trust ,3am Magazine 2004, Interview with Hans Neleman and Richard Marshall

Hasselblad Masters: October 2006

PDN: Legends Online

Faces of Pride Eagle Tribune online Magazine, February 2008, Interview with Hans Neleman and Michelle Morrissey

PDN Compare Hans Neleman and Duane Michals

The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Hans Neleman's Maori


  1. ^ WIN-Initiative 2010 "Source 1" Accessed 10/18/10
  2. ^ WINk Magazine "Source 2" Accessed 10/18/10
  3. ^ Hans Neleman "Moko: Maori Tattoo", 1999 "Source 3", Accessed 10/18/10
  4. ^ Hans Neleman, "Silence", 2000 "Source 4", Accessed 10/18/10
  5. ^ Hans Neleman, "Night Chicas", 2003, "Source 5" Accessed 10/18/10
  6. ^ 10 Best 10 "Source 6" Accessed 10/18/10

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