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Tomorrow marks my tenth #USAnniversary. Exactly one decade ago a heavily armed Border Patrol officer welcomed me with a stern “Welcome to the United States, Sir”. Moments earlier, I was taken aside for more thorough inspection. A small delay in the year-long wait to finally join my new bride. She was waiting for me underneath the words at Arrivals that highlights parts of the text of the Declaration of Independence. The Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness quote stands out. Years later, I photographed several elected officials gathered under the same words. They had organized a protest of the first (of many) discriminatory immigration policies put forth by the current administration and the NYTimes published the picture I took of that event. While the American Dream isn’t my culture I am grateful for the chance to pursue my dreams here of a family of my own and a career in photojournalism.
Selections of the best images produced on assignment or for stock from the month of April.
The majority of news assignments covered in April all evolved around the Coronavirus and its implications on public life. For PhillyVoice I covered the the daily life of Philadelphians on that rare day with spring-like temperatures. My own block suddenly became the focus of the local news-cameras when after years of neglect a front porch at the end of the street collapsed. All residents made it out unharmed and a crew secured the site in no-time.
This Monthly Production gallery highlights a selection of impactful documentary and news photography stories captured by Philadelphia based Dutch photojournalist Bastiaan Slabbers.
Image license for (most of these) photos are available upon request or via the Wires & Stock menu found at the top. Visit Nurphoto, Getty Images, iStockPhoto and OOGImages to find the latest RM/RF images.