Theo Derksen is a Dutch photographer who has received several awards including the Kodak Award, a Polaroid sponsorship, Weert Body_Art project. The Amsterdam Art Foundation Grant and The Limburg Art Grant. After studying Photography and Audio Visual Design he worked as a trainee with Magnum photo-grapher 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, later on head of Visual Communications and member of the management staff Media Design and Technology. He has also been a visiting professor at many major European 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.

Derksen works also as curator and publisher.


Disneyfication was chosen as one of the ten best photobooks 2019 in the Netherlands by De Volkskrant.



'Also called "the god of the appropriate moment”.

He represents all those inspired moments of beauty, insight and decisiveness that make life special.

Kairos contains 80 b&w photos and text by Stef Van Bellingen,

The book will be published in October 2023.