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James Whitlow Delano (United States, 1960) has lived in Asia for over 20 years. With Tokyo as his home base, he works on long-term projects regarding human rights, the environment and cultural developments. His work has appeared in several Noorderlicht Photofestivals. 

How are you involved with Noorderlicht?
“I have been fortunate to have a long-time working relationship with Noorderlicht, that began with sharing my work on tropical rainforests. What immediately struck me about Noorderlicht was the breadth of work they support in an often-tribal photography world. Noorderlicht throws it doors wide open to all kinds of artists who express themselves with a camera.”

What was your favourite Noorderlicht exhibition?

“Without any doubt, the most revelatory project on which I have collaborated with Noorderlicht is ‘The Sweet and Sour Story of Sugar, where I document the legacy of sugar plantations and slavery in Suriname.”

What do you wish for the future of Noorderlicht?

“Noorderlicht has been speaking truth to power for 30 years. Its presence in the creative world represents to me the hope that we can outlast the nascent intolerance by turning a mirror on the world and on ourselves.”