Joep Hijwegen (1994) is a self-taught, fine art photographer residing in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Born in a rural village, he first picked up a camera while working on a BA in Philosophy in Utrecht. At first only photographing as a form of self-therapy, he became more and more obsessed with the medium as a way of ‘re-framing life’ and supplying it with meaning.
Joep signed to a gallery and an agency in 2020, but still prefers a democratic approach, with direct contact with clients and admirers and a large focus on transparancy in his process. He has self-published two books, with Blue Hours currently spawning his first solo exhibition at MENDO BOOKS. When he is not out photographing, Joep is usually watching movies, reading books or listening to music. He is particularly passionate about existential philosophy, sci-fi movies, instrumental jazz and hip hop, all of which serve as inspiration for his work.