Tim Dirven

Brussels, Belgium


Belgian, 1968

After studying photography at the Saint Lucas Institute in Brussels from 1988 to 1992, Tim spent a year at the FAMU Institute in Prague. During this time he produced his first photo projects in Romania and the former Yugoslavia before starting his career as a freelance photographer in 1994.

Since 1996 Tim has balanced working for the Belgian newspaper De Morgen with pursuing personal projects in which his photographs tell intimate stories about the lives of ordinary people.

He won the Fuji press award in 1999 for his feature on Yemen and a World Press Photo award for his work in Afghanistan in 2002.

Yesterday's People (Foto Museum Provincie Antwerpern), his photographic study of the changing face of rural society around the globe, was published in 2006 to coincide with a retrospective of his work at the Antwerp Photo Museum.

In 2017 Tim's second photobook Karkas was published by Lannoo.

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On Qeshm island, at the narrowest part of the Straits of Hormuz, an ancient ship building tradition survives that is reminiscent of biblical times in its simplicity and workmanship.

In northeastern Syria, Kurdish forces are fighting a desperate battle against the forces of the Islamic State.

How does it feel to return to the country you fled as a refugee?

"Every person in enemy hands must have some status under international law.

Tim Dirven’s World Press Photo winning story on Afghanistan.

Increasingly frequent drought cycles and the Sahara’s southward expansion, has led many commentators to see the escalating conflict in Darfur as the first climate change war.

The United States of America may be the world’s one and only superpower, but many of its people have been left behind by economic, social and cultural ‘progress’.

The people of the Chagos archipelago, a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, have been the enduring victims of a shameful example of colonial power politics.

With the anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan on 7 October we look back at the work of three Panos photographers whose award winning work shows the conflict in all its intractable complexity~~It is 10 years on 7 October 2011 since the beginning of the War in Afghanistan.

Britain’s leading charities came together in a unique photographic exhibition produced by Panos Pictures to challenge world leaders to deliver their promises.