Joe Van Eeckhout is a documentary filmmaker and photographer, originally from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, currently based in between East Africa and Washington D.C. Recent work has taken him to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Somalia.
His work primarily explores issues relating to climate change, conflict, political ecology, and exploring new forms of visual storytelling. He is often drawn to stories exploring the evolving relationship between humans, resources, and land. He holds a Masters in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran School of Arts + Design at the George Washington University.
He has a variety of experience from corporate production to documentary news. Corporate content for clients include USAID, Ogilvy, Ashoka, and ESPN. While working as a documentary filmmaker and photographer, recent clients include The New York Times, The Guardian, Human Rights Watch, VICE News Tonight, VICE Sports, The Economist, Huffington Post, and more.
He completed HEFAT certification by Hawthorne Proactive in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2017.
He is a member of the documentary collective, DISCOURSE and Frontline Freelance Register.
Joe is available for commissions globally.
C L I E N T S
2016 Nuba Reports Multimedia Producer Fellow
2015 Outstanding New Media Photojournalism Thesis
2015 NPPA Northern Short Course Team Multimedia - Third Place
2013 - 2015 Corcoran Graduate Fellowship
2014 Katrin Lamon Fellowship with the American Indian Graduate Center
BA Media and Cultural Studies - Macalester College
MA New Media Photojournalism - Corcoran School of Arts at George Washington University
2015 UpRising Festival, ReCreative Spaces, Washington D.C.
2015 NEXT Thesis Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.
2014 NMPJ Thesis Preview, Gallery 31, Washington D.C.
2014 Fresh Eyes, Gallery 31, Washington D.C.
2014 Fresh Eyes, Brooklyn Fireproof, New York City