Theo Derksen is a Dutch photographer who has received several awards including the Kodak Award, a Polaroid sponsorship, the Amsterdam Art Foundation Grant and the Limburg Art Grant. After studying Photography and Audio Visual Design he worked as a trainee with Magnum photographer Ernst Haas before becoming a photojournalist for several Dutch newspapers and magazines. In 1990 he became an associate professor in photography and research at the University Zuyd Art Department in Maastricht and later Head of Visual Communications and member of the management staff of Media Design and Technology. He has also been a visiting professor at many major educational establishments.
Derksen likes to tackle large-scale and long-term projects on specific themes. His style is not only dependent on isolated images; instead, he prefers an accumulation of images which interact with text.
Born in the Netherlands (Geldrop) on 09/07/1954
Studies Photography andAudio-Visual Designat St. Joost in Breda / Nl (1976- 1981)
Trainee with Magnum photographer Ernst Haas in Venice / IT (1981)
Photography professor (part-time) at theUniversity Zuyd Art Department in Maastricht / Nl (1990-2015)
Studies Beyond Media (post-academic) and Inspiring Leadership (post-academic) at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam / NL
Studie Inspiring Leadership (post-academic) at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam / NL
Free-lance photographer since 1981.
- • VUB university Brussels, Belgium.
- • Fachhochschule Würzburg, Germany. BRD
- • The Tianjin Institute For Fine Art at Tianjin. CN
- • The Higher Institute For Fine Art at Antwerp, HISK. Be.
- • TU Delft.
- • Master-Class Noorderlicht Photo manifestation:
Theo Derksen, Anders Peterson [magnum], Ragu Rai [magnum], Robert Walker.
- • Photographer Master Class at Yuhang/Hangzhou. CN