The Dutch photographer Paul Blanca (b. 1958) passed away on Saturday 16 October 2021. Paul Blanca made a name for himself in the 80s with his uncompromising photography in which he harmed himself intentionally with razors, barbed wire, and needles. Robert Mapplethorpe once said “Paul Blanca is my only competition”, but he never got to live up to this statement, because life got in the way. NRC has released an obituary in Dutch about Paul Blanca, which you can read here.