Award winning Dutch photographer and publisher Hans Kemp first arrived in Asia in 1986 at the start of what turned out to be an 18-month sojourn before finally taking the Trans Siberian train from Beijing back to the Netherlands. The nomadic bug had firmly entrenched itself however and Hans soon found himself back in Asia guiding groups across the Karakoram Highway from Northern Pakistan into China's Xinjiang province and onwards into Tibet.
Establishing a base in Hong Kong in the early 1990's allowed Hans to develop his photography skills, traversing and capturing Asia in iconic images published in a wide variety of international magazines and books. He pioneered the creation of quality postcards in Vietnam and stood at the cradle of Visionary World Publishers in Hong Kong.
Hans has published six books of his work with the bestselling Bikes of Burden, an ode to Vietnam’s load carrying motorbikes, selling over 100,000 copies in 4 languages. Other titles include Ardent Eye and Burmese Light.
Since 2012 Hans is also the co-owner, together with acclaimed author Tom Vater, of Crime Wave Press, a young and growing crime fiction publisher, actively seeking to publish international crime fiction, including those set in Asia. In 2014 Hans, writing as Jonathan H Kemp, published his first crime novel, A Nose for Trouble.
During the time Hans was based in Vietnam he met Henry and became involved with The Rainforest Project Foundation. Over the past four years Hans has worked as a volunteer for the Foundation, traveling to remote locations in Myanmar and Papua New Guinea to direct, shoot, and produce photos and video in support of nature conservation, the Ecoshare way.
Though a long time has passed, Hans' enchantment and fascination with the vicissitudes of Asia has not diminished. Never short on ideas, from his current base Bangkok, he passionately continues to aim his camera and more recent his drone at little known corners of this enervating and energizing continent for his next project or assignment.