Ernst Schade - Mozambique Photo Collection

Biographical / Historical Note

Born in Moergestel, Netherlands 14 June 1949; received training in tropical agriculture. For 16 years he worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique with governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations in rural development programmes. From 1989 till 1995 he was Resident Representative for the Save the Children-Norway in Mozambique. Self-taught in photography, he started publishing work in 1984. Since 1995 he lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Photography is now his main activity. He is represented by the photo agencies Hollandse Hoogte (The Netherlands) and Panos Pictures (UK). He has press publications world-wide and is, among other publications, co-author with Flora Veit-Wild of “Dambudzo Marechera 1952-1987”. His work is also included in The National Archive of the United States of America, the National Archive of Mozambique. His website:


Most of the photographs were given to the IISH in 2010, with a small addition in 2015 and another bigger addition in 2018.


Arranged in chronological order, with captions provided by the photographer.


122 black-and-white photographs of work and living conditions, especially of women and children, during and after the civil war in Mozambique by the Dutch photographer Ernst Schade between 1983 and 1998. The addition of 2018 concentrates on working conditions in various areas: agriculture, railways, dockworkers, shops, newspapers, demining, cotton farming, etc.

Processing Information

List made by Kier Schuringa in January 2016 and September 2018.