An independent photographer based in Amsterdam


A passionate photographer with an extensive media experience

I am a storyteller, spending most of my time working on in-depth long term projects about social issues concerning diversity.
After a career of working into different fields of media such as television directing and web design, I came back to my ‘roots’ of photography. Photography was the first medium I used to express myself artistically.

My broad multi-media experience shaped my approach and the use of audio interviews to let the subjects tell their own stories, combined with the images make my work more distinctive and engaging.

My social documentary photography has an inside out approach: instead of being an outside observer, I try to let the subjects speak for themselves as much as possible. Focussing on what primarily drives them. Trying to inspire people to update their way of perceiving things.

November 2019 my first photobook has been published by the German publisher KERBER Verlag. The book, SILVER, based on the project SILVER STORIES, is being distributed worldwide:

“The general picture we have of older people does not seem to reflect today’s 60-70 year-olds at all. Driven by her own feeling of having a ‘best before’ date, photographer Irene van Nispen Kress examined what it’s really like to be older these days. For six years she followed three older women in the intimacy of their day-to-day lives. With the help of her camera, she provided a glimpse into the lives of women who, because of their age, are usually not in the limelight at all. These powerful images and stories illustrate why the passage of time can be a woman’s greatest asset.”



Siena Internatinal Photo Awards, shortlisted for the final round



FOCUS photo magazine Nr.02, February 2020,  SILVER mentioned in book section

Zin! magazine Nr. 3 feb/march 2020 SILVER recommended 

ZORG+WELZIJN magazine, #2 April 2020, page 44-51,  Photo’s and interview


SILVER, photobook of my Silver Stories project,  Hardcover, 23 × 30,6 cm, ISBN 978-3-7356-0639-6, 144 Pages, 73 duplex illustrations,  Languages: English/Dutch

Bookpresentation/Booksigning SILVER at Paris PHOTO 9th November 14-15h at stand KERBER

Bookpresentation SILVER in Museum Hilversum 11th December

Personal presentation of SILVER on Dutch National TV hosted by ‘Tijd voor Max’ (23’19”)

Kiekie Tabloid:

SHUTR photo magazine Nr.4 Interview in ‘Werk in Uitvoering’ page 14


GUP magazine Instagram :

Leica Fotografie International blog

Kiekie Krant N0.24:


Leica Fotogafie International blog:

Catalogue Biennale Venice 2017, by GAA Foundation and European Cultural Centre : Personal Structures – Open borders Sculptor Ellen Klijzing page 163-165  2 pictures

Important Networks

I was selected to attend to the Think Tank of the Copenhagen Tech Festival. Consisting of 150 people of 48 countries, to create a tech principle with them in 48 hours. Brought together as the Copenhagen catalog:


After studying audiovisual design at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam, I worked for Dutch national television. First as an assistant and later as a one-camera director in the field. At SAE Technology College I was trained to be a multi media producer. After that I worked in the ICT business as a project and content relationships manager and designed websites.
Then I began to write, advise and provide creative training. Finally I have gone back to my roots of photography; something I started to do even before art school .

To come back from the moving to the still image and broaden my vision and network I attended intense documentary photography workshops abroad, with big names in documentary photography like Gary Knight, Marcus Bleasdale, Philip Blenkinsop, Christopher Morris, Es Kashi, Antonin Kratochvil, John Stanmeyer and Donna Ferrato. I worked with them in Burma, Rwanda, France, Greece, Chernobyl (Ukraine), Armenia and Germany.

In 2016 I was selected to attend to a 7 months masterclass by VII Photo Agency in Berlin together with photographers out of 16 different countries.



Over the years I have developed a good eye and a fine ear

I work with a Leica camera using a 35mm Summicron and a 50mm Summilux lens.


To tell a story you often need several platforms. I can be of your service helping you create a multi platform experience.


My personal work mostly consists of long projects about social issues.


Over the years I have become a design consultant for personal websites.


How best to communicate depends on your goal and who you are. I love to help people explore these options.

What does it look like to feel ?

How can I show you what I see ?

How can I show what you tell me ?

How can I make you see ?