Dennis and Patrick Weinert are documentary photographers and filmmakers with a focus on culture, human rights, social injustice and conflict. They were born in 1992 and 1994 and are currently based in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany. Before Dennis and Patrick shifted their focus on short and long-form documentary projects, they have spent two years producing TV and online commercials, branded content, corporate videos and commercial photography with their startup Weinert Productions. Among their clients were Colgate Palmolive, Tongal, Machinima, Shutterstock, Sit & Watch A.M.G. and Der Club Bertelsmann. As documentary photographers they have worked across Africa, South Asia, the Americas and Europe, depicting poverty, humanitarian crises and environmental issues. In 2014, Dennis and Patrick started working on their debut photo book called “A World in Distress”, which deals with the subject of global poverty. They reported on children working in Burkina Faso’s gold mines, covered climate change and its effects on nomads living in Africa’s Sahel region, documented human trafficking in Nepal and investigated child slavery and gang violence in Haiti. Their work has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, blogs and on nationwide television and radio, including WDR, Deutschlandfunk, Neue Westfaelische and Westfalen Blatt. Currently, a selection of their work from “A World in Distress” is being exhibited at Dresden’s contemporary art festival OSTRALE’15. Dennis and Patrick are members of the Deutsche Journalistinnen und Journalisten Union (DJU) in ver.di and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). They are available for assignments internationally.
Full essay available at http://weinertbrothers.com/portfolio/burkina-faso/ This photo essay gives an insight into Burkina Faso’s growing gold industry and depicts the humans that risk their lives extracting this precious metal.
Full essay available at http://weinertbrothers.com/portfolio/inside-cite-soleil/ This photo essay depicts life inside one of the world’s most notorious mega-slums – the Haitian shanty town of Cité Soleil.
https://vimeo.com/127176459 This is our current documentary cinematography showreel featuring work from Burkina Faso, Nepal, Haiti and the Philippines.
This multimedia project about the Filipino mega-slum Tondo contains a short documentary about the squatters that work and live in the informal charcoal factory called Ulingan and features an additional photo essay depicting slum-life from a child’s perspective.