Tim Dirven (°1968) studied photography at the Saint Lucas Institute in Brussels from 1988 till 1992. His studies in Belgium were followed by a specialisation year in documentary photography at the FAMU-Institute (Academy of Performing Art) in Prague.
He made his first reports during his studies in Romania and former Yugoslavia together with European MEP and familyfriend Willy Kuypers.
In 1994 Tim Dirven started working as a freelance photographer and since 1996 he has been working fulltime for the Belgian newspaper 'De Morgen".
He is living in Brussels and makes daily reports of Belgian news items.
During the years he made reports all over the world on assignment for the newspaper, international magazines and personal projects. Most of his work is black and white, but recently he started in colour. His photographs tell intimate stories about ordinary people's lives.His pictures have been published in Belgian newspapers and magazines as well as in international publications.
In 1999 he won a Fuji Euro Press Award with a report of Yemen.
In 2002 he won in the Worldpress Photo a 3rd price in the category daily life stories with a report about refugees in Afghanistan.
Since 2000 TIm Dirven has been a member of the London based agency Panos Pictures an Hollandse hoogte in Amsterdam.