Chantal Heijnen (1976, The Netherlands) is a portrait and documentary photographer based in New York City. In 2000 she received a BA in Social Work, and worked for 10 years as a refugee counsellor in The Netherlands. In 2008 she graduated with honors with a BA in Photography from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam.
After her graduation she moved to NYC and has since worked as an editorial photographer for international newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Stern Magazine, Vrij Nederland. Focussing on portraiture and documentary photo reportages. She self-published her first book about 'Ghost Republic of Somaliland' in 2011.
She’s passionate about her long-term personal projects, creating portraits - through people and landscapes - of rarely seen communities. Because of her interest in people and their stories she creates intimate portraits with sensitivity, compassion and respect. Her former career as a social worker influences the themes of her photography e.g. human resilience, survival and identity.
Chantal is an educator at heart and is part of the Faculty Team of the International Center of Photography (ICP) and teaches photography in 3 shelters to New Yorkers who are impacted by or threatened with homelessness.