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Willem Wernsen

Photographer, Portraits, streetphotography Publicist of 3 B&W photo books Beautiful People(2003) and Timeless (2011) Behind the Great Wall (October 2014)
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38th years ago, I bought my very first camera. What started as a hobby in those days has become a passionate fulfillment. I immediately sensed a need to photograph people, primarily in a social documentary atmosphere. In black and white, of course, because that is my great passion. In the beginning I could... not take my eyes off the collected book series “Great Photographers”. All those beautiful photos were very inspiring to me. Over the years, I have matured. This, according to connoisseurs, gave my images a distinctive signature. After many publications and portfolios, I was able to realize my first book “Beautiful People” in 2003. By now, it is sold out. Today, 7 years on, I present my new book “Timeless”, which is dedicated to my wife Margareth who passed away in 2009. It was her whish that the book should be published. Timeless came from the printer’s in April 2011,.

Beautiful People &Timeless are Sold out

China in black & white

‘Behind the Great Wall’, a photographic report on the China trip Willem Wernsen made in 1999.
Hardcover with book jacket, sewn bound, format 30 x 28 cm.
Languages: Dutch and English, partly Chinese.
192 pages of which 175 large black/white photos in duotone.
Stories: Willem Wernsen

Photographer Willem Wernsen (1954), known amongst others from ‘Fotofestival Naarden 2013 ‘, has been invited by ‘The Photographic Society of Confucius Hometown’ in China to exhibit some of his photographs for 1 month, November 2014, during the Photo Biennale in Jinan, Shandong.

On the occasion of this exhibition, the foundation ‘Stichting Willem Wernsen Fotografie’, decided to publish a large number of photographs from this photographic travelogue in a book, with the title ‘Behind the Great Wall’. Some of these photographs belong now to the permanent collection of the Shandong Art Museum in Jinan, China

Previous photo books by Willem Wernsen, published by Janszmedia BV, Zeist are: ‘Beautiful People’ (2003) and ‘Timeless’ (2011). Both books are sold out, but you still can see the books online.

‘Behind the Great Wall’
Publisher: Stichting Willem Wernsen Fotografie
(Foundation Willem Wernsen Photography)
Release: October 2014
ISBN/EAN: 978-90-822471-0-7
Price: € 50,00 ( shipping costs not included).
To order ‘Behind the Great Wall’ online, go to the bookstore on my site www.willemwernsen.com

When you buy my book "Behind the Great Wall" I gif you a signed print from one of my pictures format A4 for free !

All information: stichtingwillemwernsen@gmail,com

upon receipt of your order I will inform you personally per mail with payment procedure and shipment details.

Best photo regards,


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