Via PanAm is a co-production by Paradox and NOOR, in collaboration with NRC Handelsblad and VPRO Radio

Via PanAm is a multi-platform project about migration by photographer Kadir van Lohuizen. It's an iPad app, a website and blog, and soon there will also be a book and a traveling exhibition.
For more information about the book, go to
For more information about the exhibition and the tour, please visit

Although migration is as old as humanity, many people in Europe and the USA see it as a threat and a new phenomenon. Yet, the Americas are continents shaped by colonialism and migration. The indigenous population has been either extinguished or sidetracked. People are mainly of European (or African) descent. Bolivia is the exception with an indigenous population that forms the majority. The country elected a native president, a novum in Latin America in 500 years.

People move all over the continent. Looking for work, a different life, a better life and fleeing because of conflict. Sometimes people cross a border for these, often they move to other regions in their own country. For this Kadir van Lohuizen will travel from Tierra del Fuego (Chile) to Alaska and will use the Pan-American Highway as a point of reference. In the end it is the road that people mainly use to move on in life.

While working on various subjects around the globe, Van Lohuizen found that migration often played a role in many issues and in many different forms, be it climate change, war and conflict or economical issues. As a photojournalist who is specialised in covering long-term projects, this inspired him to devote a project entirely to the subject of migration and to make a visual investigation of all its aspects.

The Americas in particular are interesting continents because of their long history of migration and the recent political developments in both South and North America. Whereas most people think of migration as people moving from South to North, most movement actually takes place between neighbouring countries and between different regions within a country. By investigating these movements and visualising them, Via PanAm wants to contribute to a better understanding of migration and the Americas.

The route followed runs from Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile to Prudhoe Bay, northern Alaska. The Pan-American Highway is the primary route, leading Van Lohuizen over more than 25.000 km and past 15 countries.


This project was made possible with support from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Foundation for Special Journalistic Projects, the Sem Presser Foundation and Nikon Europe.

Additionally, support from the many backers on and IS Magazine has been vital to the realization of the project.


Website / iApp
Photography, video and audio: Kadir van Lohuizen
Concept and design: Yvo Zijlstra, Marcel Langenberg, Marcel van der Zwet (Antenna-men, Rotterdam)
Production and research: Bas Vroege, Laura Verduijn, Asmara Pelupessy (Paradox, Edam)
Texts: Edwin Koopman
Text editing: Laura Verduijn, Asmara Pelupessy
Translation: Donald Mader (English), Gerardo Corredor, Tim Bleeker, Inmaculada Prieto Herrera (Spanish)
Post production video and audio: Thomas Vroege

Radio items VPRO
Production and audio: Kadir van Lohuizen
Format: Jacqueline Maris (VPRO)
Editors-in-chief: Gerard Walhof, Sietske van Weerden (VPRO)
Editing: Alfred Koster (VPRO)

Columns NRC Handelsblad
Photography and text: Kadir van Lohuizen
Editor-in-chief: Gijsbert van Es (NRC Handelsblad)
Editor: Ykje Vriesinga

With special thanks to:

Marjolein Frederiks, Nederlandse Ambassade in Chili
Eran Nagan, Nederlandse Ambassade in Bolivia
Ellen Roof, Nederlandse Ambassade in Peru
Renske Hertroys, Nederlandse Ambassade in Colombia
Joost Hamelink, Nederlandse Ambassade in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras
Annika Teekman, Nederlandse Ambassade in Nicaragua
Susana Azurdia, Nederlandse Ambassade in Guatemala
Ellen Beijers, Nederlandse Ambassade in Mexico
Simone Bakker & Johannes Vervloed, Nederlandse Ambassade in Canada

Local assistance:
Chile: María Aurora Radich, Ximena Poblete, Miguel Angel Larrea, Samuel Salgado, Margarita Cea, Alejandra Wood (GAM), Tinus Kramer
Bolivia: Daniel Caballero, Sonia Gallardo, Sandra Boulanger
Peru: Adriana León, Ángel García Català, Luisa Michelsen, Alain Salzer-Levi, FOLi, museum voor fotografie, Lima
Ecuador: Paola Onofa, Blanca Diego
Colombia: Robert Jan Friele
Panama: Gabriela Rodriguez Arribau, Rose Cromwell
Costa Rica: Camille Zurcher
Nicaragua: Tomas Stargardter
Honduras: Erick Martínez, Mabel Esther Martínez Arriaga
El Salvador: Regina Blanco, Guillermo Denaux, Julio Lopez, Thomas Hurkxkens, Nina Alvarez
Guatemala: Hugo Navarro
Mexico: Encarni Pindado, Mauricio Palos
California: Tracy Chang, Juan Carlos, Darcy Padilla
Oregon & Washington: Peter Monahan
British Colombia, Canada: Betsy Carson, Nick Westover, Cissy Chan
Alaska: Laura Ganis, Tom Trainor

All the people who supported the project on
Sylvain Demange, Jon Simon, Wineke Onstwedder, Jenny Smets, Louise Rebeyrolle, Cecilia Petit-Hall, Ph.D., Wali van Lohuizen, Hein Reedijk, Ying Quan Tan, Christophe Thillier, Fabio Caramelli, Zurab Kiknadze, Linda van Veldhuizen, Jonathan Berger, Kelsey Schueler, Brigitte Bouquet, Marinus Pieter Klap, Rob Philip, Sanne Klap, Guido Nissene, Ernst Schade, Arthur van Norden, Pieter van den Boogert, O. Fessenden, Alice Gabriner, Malte Wendt, Rob Hornstra, Irene Greve, Willem Stolk, Markus Badde, Roel Sandvoort, Annick Erdmann, Barbara Kist, Vincent Poppe-Aelens, Poulomi Moulick, Rob Maanen, Valérie Remise, Rachael Jane, Toke Hansen, J. Grarup, Louis Zaal, Vincent Buller, Michael Jungblut, Foundry Workshops, Gerard Roos, Aurélien Coutant, Nora Bens, Oscar Anjewierden, Ryan Gauvin, Kenji Arimura, Adriaan Monshouwer, Rogier van den Braak, Bruno Rascão, Azu Nwagbogu, Fred Guiro, Zumstein ZUM, Sonia Jeunet, Adrian Øhrn Johansen, Arpad Gerecsey, Rosan Hollak, Valentijn Brandt, Chiara Colombo, Susan Meiselas, Vink John, Sharon Beese, Martin Bandzak, Ton Hendriks, Femke Rotteveel, Jasper Gilijamse, Michael Ballas, Carla Drago, Katja Heinemann, Vink John, Andrea Diefenbach, Eva, Bas Zwiers, Ted van den Bergh, Marc van Heel, Friso Kooijman, Carolyn Drake, Paula Odevall, Vilhelm Stokstad, Joost van den Broek, Tim Ripley, Jaime Carrero, Emily Bates, Peter Dekens, Serge Van Cauwenbergh, Frank van Eykelen, Hugo Infante, Natalie Harris, Pieter Ten Hoopen, Lotti Pronk, Henk Trimp, Harm Botje, Rolf Rosing, Suzan Geldhoff, Michiel Wijnbergh, Christina Schellhous, Andrea Lorca, Luca Rocco, Nicolette Loeber, Geesje Gemmes, Jeroen Toirkens, Thomas Erdbrink, Chris Kijne, Cornelie de Jong, Luuk Kramer and several anonymous backers.
KADIR VAN LOHUIZEN (1963) has covered conflicts throughout the world, but he is probably best known for his projects on the seven rivers of the world and the diamond industry. He has received numerous prizes for his work, including two World Press Photo awards. In September 2007, Van Lohuizen and ten others established the agency NOOR (Amsterdam, New York). He became a member of the supervisory board of World Press Photo in 2008. To date, Van Lohuizen has published four photo books, including `Diamond Matters, the diamond industry` and `Aderen`.

In his work Van Lohuizen often covers the uncovered. In his aftermath projects about hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, he follows the victims and the long-term effects until many years after the event, when the focus of attention from the international news media has moved elsewhere.

In Via PanAm Van Lohuizen brings the focus back to Latin America. The continent is hardly visible in today`s news coverage, but a lot is happening there, both politically and economically. As migration touches upon a broad range of topics, Via PanAm will cover many of the current - as well as historical - developments on the American continents.