World-famous photographer Chas Gerretsen will be giving a lecture on November 2 about his life as a well-travelled war photographer and photojournalist.
By Mehret Haile-Mariam
The Groningen Forum will host an evening with world-famous photographer Chas Gerretsen and writer Lejo Siepe. Siepe will talk with Gereetsen about his extraordinary life, his many adventures that took him around the globe, and his autobiography that was only published a month ago.
Gerretsen is known for his unique photographs, ranging from portraits of infamous political figures like Augusto Pinochet to Hollywood celebrities such as John Travolta and David Hasselhoff.
Born in Groningen in 1943, Gerretsen set out to travel the world when he was 16 after touring Europe for two years. His curiosity did not vanish after living as a crocodile hunter in Australia or cowboy in Texas. He continued to travel Southeast Asia and Chile, where he took one of his most compelling photographs, a portray of Augusto Pinochet and his fellow generals shortly after they seized power.
In 1973 he received the prestigious “Robert Capa Gold Medal” as the first and only Dutch photographer ever. This award acknowledged his extraordinary work and coverage of the Chilean military coup in 1973. Moreover, he was hired as a still photographer in the Philippines for Francis Coppola’s famous war film “Apocalypse Now.”
Join an evening full of interesting anecdotes about Gerretsens many journeys around the globe, his encounters with extraordinary characters, and a life full of adventures.
The event will take place on November 2 from 20:45 to 22:15. Here, you can purchase tickets for 10€ per person.