Chantal Heijnen (b. 1976) is a Dutch portrait and documentary photographer currently based in the Bronx, New York. Chantal works for international magazines and newspapers. She’s also deeply committed to her long-term personal projects.
Chantal graduated with Honors from the Amsterdam Photo Academy in May 2008. She also holds a BA in social work. For 12 years Chantal counseled refugees and immigrants in The Netherlands. This work influences the themes of her photography e.g. human resilience, survival and identity.
Because of her interest in people and their stories she creates intimate portraits with sensitivity, compassion and respect.
Self portrait – The Bronx, 2008