Vincent de Groot

Before visiting Mali, the main subjects of Vincent de Groot’s (contact) photography were landscape and architecture. Things can always change and they usually do. For Vincent, such a change came from the Malian people who ignited a passion for portraiture photography.

What do the people from Mali and other countries have that make them special in the photographer’s eye? As with most art, it is difficult to explain in words. Vincent believes that words don’t effectively express the feeling that has been captured by Vincent in a photograph. A simple glance from the subject, a smile, a gesture or the expression in the subject’s eyes can say more than a thousand words could ever say.

The photographs are not taken with a set mission or an agenda. They were not planned or rehearsed. The portraits are not about beauty. They document unique moments, which have disappeared forever and only are remaining in these images. On the website you will find an array of emotions embodied in these photographs taken by Vincent. The people who happened to cross the passionate photographer’s path taught him that nothing in life is more interesting than people.

— Text & Portrait: Montse Villarij

Assignments, publications and exhibitions

If you have a photographic assignments of any kind and from time to time I lend my work for exhibitions or allow publication. Feel free to contact me with your request or ideas.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2011: Casa de Mali, Palau Robert, Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2010: Associació de Veïns Barri Segle XX, Terrassa-Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2009: Au Soleil, Biederthal (France)
  • 2009: Associació Demé, Terrassa-Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2008: Cara e cultura negra – Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro, Brasília (Brazil)
  • 2008: Job Factory, Basel (Switzerland)

Group exhibitions

  • 2013: Lewisburg Literary Festival (USA) – Literary Laundry Room
  • 2010: Yeiser Art Center, Paducha (USA) – Paducha Photo


  • 2011: Second price Accenti Magazine (Canada)
  • 2009: First price UNICEF (The Netherlands)
  • 1987: First price (The Netherlands)


Copyright notice and disclaimer

The exclusive copyright on all images and content on this site is owned by Vincent de Groot. Details on this and the disclaimer for this site can be found in the Copyright and Disclaimer for this website.

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46 comments on “About
  1. Robyn Graham says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog today Vincent! I LOVE your work and look very forward to seeing more. You have a gift for capturing the essence of your subjects. Thank you for sharing your gift with me.
    Blessings, Robyn

  2. Elina says:

    You truly capture unique moments Vincent, wonderful photos! After seeing your work and the numerous awards you’ve received, I am truly honored to have you following my blog 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work, it’s very inspiring!

  3. herman says:

    Hi Vincent. Thank you for following HoB. Much appreciated! I’ll be hanging around here…

  4. Chris says:

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog Vincent. Vincent de Groot sounds Dutch, but most of your exhibitions and publications are outside The Netherlands! I hope you will enjoy my photos as much as I do looking at your work. Some of it has much humor in it. I like that.

    • Vincent de Groot says:

      Thanks for your feedback! Yes I am Dutch but currently live in France, I will again have a look at your work.

  5. HansHB says:

    Great photowork!

  6. Thanks for visiting my pages and for commenting. Much appreciated 🙂
    I love your photos – subjects and surroundings are awesome!
    Very inspiring 🙂

  7. Sally says:

    Thank you so much for becoming a Follower. I am enjoying your work as well. You seem to do mostly street photography, which is a genre that I am just beginning to explore.

  8. Nil says:

    Thanks for passing by my blog 🙂

    Some curriculum you have here! And lovely photography! I’ll be back for more…

  9. Derek says:

    You do some stunning work yourself sir.

  10. Meticulous Mick says:

    Excellent photographs. I came here to say thanks for the follow and now it’s thanks for letting me find your brilliant work. MM

  11. Fredrik Norberg says:

    Hi Vincent, thanks for the follow and leading me to your site. I love the images you have published here!

  12. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi Vincent, Thank you very much for following my photography blog and for your nice comments. Your work is wonderful and I look forward to following you and seeing more.

  13. Een zoeker, sluiter en diafragma,lichtmeter en het liefst geen licht in je camera maar alleen op je film;-) Daarnaast kijken met je ogen en vooral zien met je gevoel. Dat laatste vindt ik hier, fotografie Pur Sang. Mijn complimenten voor het vastleggen van zoveel mooie momenten van mensen over de gehele aardkloot, in het mij zo geliefde zwart-wit. Chapeau Vincent.

  14. Sehr schön hast Du Deine Seite aktualisiert – und gerne habe ich die LeserInnen meines Blogs auf diese Bilder, die sehr beeindruckend sind, hingewiesen:


    Viele Zitantengrüße von

  15. Jaap Kroon says:

    Hallo Vincent. Dank je wel voor het volgen van mijn blog. Als ik je foto’s hier bewonder, dan voelt het als een eer!

  16. hello vincent,
    greetings from kuala lumpur!
    thank you very much for taking an interest in my photography and following.
    very honoured and much appreciated.
    you work so well with your subjects, all of them are so at ease at the presence of you/camera,
    and the beauty of the human spirit so beautifully revealed.
    best regards,

  17. rxfrazier says:

    Beautiful monochromes. Killer portraits! I virtually press the ‘Like’ button for them all! And thank you for following my blog giving me the opportunity to discover you and your work.

  18. leelootz says:

    Dear Vinc, I am absolutely honored you stopped by and also encouraged with a ‘like’. Your portraits are inspiration. Thank you.

  19. Prachtige foto’s. Zeker van de portretten in zwart-wit. 🙂

  20. Hi Vincent. Thank you for the follow & the likes. Lovely work you have got here 🙂

  21. MILINKOVIC says:

    I love this kind of portraiture, you do it great justice Vincent, you’re portraits are so interesting – they have great depth

  22. enmanscamera says:

    Hello Sir, You found the blog where I write about photography. If you browsed beyond my latest post you realized that I only discuss photography and am not limited to any subject in this exciting medium…..I enjoy everything Photography.
    Now that I know about you I intend to spend some time wandering your site and get to know you and your photography.

  23. Kim Sweeting says:

    Thanks for stopping by “Unwalled”; I’m happy that my post was a blessing to you……..your work is wonderful!

  24. rxfrazier says:

    Merry Christmas, Vincent! Thank you for the great images and blog.

  25. john todaro says:

    Beautiful collection of work! You’ve got an eye for meaningful moments.

  26. I really appreciate your style. Well done, Vincent.

  27. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Thanks for following!

  28. Stunning photography! I love the Tanzania and Cambodia series. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking some of my posts!

  29. bisje says:

    Ben blij dat je een comment liet op de blog van Nil… op die manier kon ik jou blog vinden 🙂 Prachtig werk!

  30. Tiberiu says:

    Wonderful work! It’s interesting they way you made the switch to photographing people. I find it very difficult. Thanks for your visit.

    • Thanks for visiting and your feedback Tiberiu. About making photographs of people it is “just” about asking them with a small compliment. They are surprised and there you go… I know, it sounds more easy as it might like look but it works.

  31. Karin says:

    Guten Abend, Vincent, ich bewundere gerade die Portraitaufnahmen der Schönen aus Mali?und werde im Laufe der Zeit weiter in Deinem Blog stöbern. Ich selber bin eine miserable Fotografin, ich knipse eher -:))) deswegen schmücke ich die Lyrik in meinem Blog immer mit fremden Federn und hoffe sehr, dass mir kein Fotograf gram deswegen ist.
    Ich wünsche Dir weiter erfolgreiches Arbeiten , damit Du uns Augenfutter vom Augenblick schenkst.
    Herzlicher Gruß, Karin

    • Hallo Karin,

      danke für den Besuch, werde Dein Lyrik studieren! Fotos verwenden von Internet ist immer so eine Sache, am besten man versucht vorhin zu fragen und schreibt Quelle dabei.


  32. Mala says:

    A fascinating journey is your blog! All the portraits are special, the street is full of life, every photo tells a story! Thank you.