Mitchel van Essen is a documentary photographer and researcher from the Netherlands with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Amsterdam. Mitchel first visited Genadendal during a six-month internship in South Africa in 2013, upon his return to the country he returned to Genadendal to further his research on the history of the missionary town and shot the series, 'Valley of Grace'. This series will be shown as part of an upcoming exhibition at the University of Pretoria, Towards Freedom II opening in February 2019.
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