Ron Giling started photography when he was 10 years old with his father’s Agfa Clack. At the age of 14 he worked weekends for a press agency in Arnhem. At that time he mainly made sports photos of amateur clubs for the local newspaper.

After high school, he immediately started as a photographer at the same Arnhem Press Agency, APA.

After first photographing a train hijacking of Moluccans (who wanted to enforce independence from Indonesia), he photographed the kidnapping and occupation of the provincial government building in Assen. There Ron was shot by a Moluccan hostage taker. This event led to the radical decision to resign and travel with cameras. Many of his photos are published in Dutch newspapers through the Arnhem press agency. The Ministry of Development Cooperation and non-governmental organizations see the photos and ask Ron for more.
In response, Ron has visited many countries in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe to photograph the requested subjects.

Niger, a female farmers cooperative show the herbs and corn they harvested on their mutual field.

The beginning in 1978 meant that mainly black and white photos were requested, which were made with analogue cameras. A camera with low-sensitivity film and one with high-sensitivity film for situations where there was little light. With the introduction of more color photography, two more cameras were added.
Because Ron’s work was also sold abroad, his foreign colleagues asked if he could sell their photos in the Netherlands. This was done with the start of Lineair Fotoarchief, his own photo agency in 1990, with photos from many colleagues and his own.

More requests from publishers led to an expansion into travel photography, which has resulted in a large number of travel guides with color photography.