Peter Dekens

Artist Statement

I'm a documentary photographer with a keen interest in socially sensitive subjects and issues investigated from an alternative perspective.

These projects are part of a broader investigation I’ve been pursuing. In recent years I’ve covered in 'Touch' about the social consequences of blindness; in '(Un)expected' about the coping process of surviving relatives of suicides, and in 'Shaky Ground' about the urgency of the past (First World War) in the perspective of a sustainably united Europe.



In 2008 I started a 4 year course in documentary photography at St. Joost Art Academy in Breda (the Netherlands).

In 1998 I started my own business, called Bubble (now For years it was considered one of the most creative web design agencies in Belgium.

In 1987 I graduated as a graphic designer at St. Lucas college, Ghent (Belgium) with high distinction. Immediately after graduation I started working as an art director for various advertising agencies in Brussels.




  • (Un)expected was selected for 'Photobook Belge', the reference work on Belgian photo books from 1854 to present. A publication and exhibition by FOMU (Photo Museum Antwerp)


  • Shaky Ground published by The Eriskay Connection in an edition of 700 copies



  •  (Un)expected published by The Eriskay Connection in an edition of 650 copies


  •  Rise nominated for Unseen dummy Award (Amsterdam); Rise is about a
    palliative day care unit



  • Graduated at St. Joost Art Academy in Breda (NL) as a documentary photographer, from 2008 - 2012
  • Touch published by The Eriskay Connection in an edition of  500 copies
  • Touch exhibited at the BredaPhoto international Photo festival that took place for the fifth time in the city center of Breda


  • Selected for the Photo Festival at Naarden


  • Founder of web design agency bubble (


  • Worked as an art director in numerous renowned advertising agencies (TBWA, GV/Company, LHHS, McCann Erickson)


  • Graduated as Master in graphic design with honors at St. Lucas college (now LUCA School of Arts), Ghent (Belgium)

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