Jan grew up in Paris (France). After his studies in economics in Bordeaux he spent a large part of his following career working in international development and public health. Ten years in the profession, he felt it was time to change direction, so in 2014 as he was living in Istanbul (Turkey) he embarked on a training course in photojournalism back in Paris, which he completed in 2015.

A photojournalist since then, Jan's previous experience led him to follow the turmoil in Turkish society, while at the same time documenting the rise of social movements in France. Jan has been exploring the fate of the Belarusian diaspora since 2020 and settled in Lithuania (Vilnius) in 2023 in order to focus on this issue. 
He has since developed a long-term body of work focusing on various key issues (education, youth, resistance, exile, etc.), with a specific interest in the diasporas of Poland, Lithuania and Georgia.

Besides his works in the corporate and NGO fields, Jan has been collaborating with several newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde, Libération, Uzbek et Rica, FC, Le Parisien Mag, La Vie, etc.
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Jan Schmidt-Whitley is a French photojournalist based in Vilnius.
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