About John van Helvert
John was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. John studied photography at the Photography Academy of Amsterdam. He worked as an apprentice for wel known Dutch editorial photographer Johan Vigeveno and commercial photographer Jaap Vliegenthart. John works both in the studio and on location. The assignments are executed with high end digital equipment from Phase One, Sony and Nikon. The traditional Darkroom has been traded in for the modern digital Lightroom, where John manages the complete In House digital workflow.
Since the start of his photography career in 1992 John has worked for a very diverse range of clients like KLM, Yamaha Motor, Hagemeyer, Peek Traffic, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense, R.D.W., Rabobank, Garantibank, Armstrong, General Motors, Boston Whaler, Techsonic Industries, Shimano, G3-Boats, Shakespeare Industries, Normark, Rapala, and Lowrance Electronics. Many of these clients are based in the Netherlands, Germany and the USA. Most of these assignments where done through advertisement agencies.
Over the years, John has been working for several glossy magazines as well, such as Avenue, National Geographic, Residence, Elegance, Hide&Chic, KLM-Flying Dutchman, KLM-Agent, ANWB-Reizen, Portfolio, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Man of all Seasons and The Photographer. For most of these magazines, John has traveled to many different countries in the world to make photographic essays and travel-productions. His most recent journeys took him to Cuba, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, India, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Kenia, Tunisia, Marokko, Gabon, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Mekong Delta, China, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Iceland, Greece, Sardinia, U.S.A., Canada, Alaska, Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Cyprus, Tenerife, Spain, Ibiza, . Specific city trips included New York, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Antwerp, Prague, München, Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Kuala Lumpur, Athens, Shanghai, Peking, Bangkok, Phnom Penn and Luang Prabang.
John has won prizes in national and international competitions, amongst which the prize of the City of Antwerp. He also participated in an international Hasselblad exhibition in Cologne (Germany) and New York. Over the years several photographs of John have been nominated in the PANL books (Photographic Association of the Netherlands).
In 1999, work of John was selected by the AOP (the Association of Photographers England) as part of an AOP exibition in London.
John is presently based in the Netherlands and is represented by Fine Arts Productions. Inquiries can be made through the below form.