voor het ontwikkelen van je portfolio is signature development de beste module


Group size: max. 4 persons
Language: English or Dutch
Date: March 2023
Duration: 6 days
Time: 09.30-16.00
Total hours: 85
Level: Advanced (Fase II)


One time payment 2023:
€ 1050,- total
€ 930,-* tuition fee &
€ 120,-* stud. service & amenities fee

or Instalments 2023:
€ 1200,- total
3x € 400,-* tuition fee &
€ 120,-* stud. service & amenities fee

*automatic payment and excl. 0% VAT
Without automatic payment + 2%


Training: PD I & Studio
Application: yes
Level: Advanced photography
Condition: own (SLR) camera
(see technical conditions)

Included: materials and equipment, tea and coffee
Not included: lunch, batteries.


STARTING: MARCH 2023 (apply now)




Signature Development means that you develop your own photography.

You start to evaluate what interests you in depth. This means that your photographic work continues to develop, but also that you go see what road you want to walk in practice and what possibilities there are. It is especially investigative busy, constantly ask yourself these questions and also discuss them with the teacher and your fellow students.
During six meetings, which occur every month, you will discuss your work and you get individual guidelines. We also will take a look at work made by other photographers. How do they approach their topic, how did they develop their concept, how does their artist statement look like?
Discussing your work into depth with the teachers and your fellow students, will make you aware of what the viewer sees in your photography. Intended or unintended.
By presenting your printed work lesson after lesson, your photography will become better and more consistent. You will learn to talk more easily about your work, based on facts instead of of just’I don’t know I just like it’.
The program is partly predetermined, but is also shaped by the interaction. Some of the meetings will be classic, but there is also time devoted to individual discussions.
The teachers are Daria Tuminas, Desiree Vroemen & Peter Frank Heuseveldt.


Daria Tuminas is a freelance researcher, photographer, and a curator. In 2011, Tuminas graduated from Leiden University’s MA program Film and Photographic Studies with a thesis questioning narrative in photography. At the moment, Tuminas collaborates with a group of researchers and makers, and FW: books on creating a new platform for discussing photographic medium ‘Conversations on Photography’.

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Peter-Frank Heuseveldt  has worked for photo agencies as a producer/booker and a talent spotter. His current work allows him to pursue his passion of supporting photographers by helping them develop their identity/signature, which is key to telling their visual stories.  Currently he is largely focusing on expo’s and gallery shows, while working with such visual talents as Viviane Sassen and Lernert & Sander.

Desiree Vroemen is teacher @the FOTOfactory


Desiree Vroemen worked for several years as a professional freelance photographer. She worked as a photo journalist for several magazines and newspapers. From several long ongoing projects to daily news images published immediately. She also does regularly portfolio reviews or is a curator for several exhibitions. In her work she always tries to approach the visual message from a multi-dimensional way. Innovation, quality and personal contact with the students are always key elements in her work.


Creating an impressive and consistent portfolio is a lot of work. You have to make decisions about content, combinations and presentation. ‘Kill your darlings’ is of course a term often used. Improving the quality of your photography is done by producing a lot of work, good and stimulating feedback and good editing. Building a good portfolio is taking your work one step further. It’s more then showing good pictures. How to unify all your images into one portfolio? Peter Frank Heuseveldt will help you, by giving inspiring feedback, based on years of professional  experience.

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Writing your Artist statement will help you to define yourself as a photographer. What are your motives, what is your concept, how do you approach your photography? All very important questions you should be able to answer. Also will working on your artist statement help you to become more and more the photographer you want to be. Start your journey by analysing statements from other photographers and the guidance of our excellent teacher Daria Tuminas.

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Learn to talk about your work. Although photography is a visual medium, and the story should be told by the images shown, it is important that you can explain to others what your work is all about.  How to express yourself? Improving your photography by getting feedback from teachers and your fellow students. Listen to their input and experience how different viewers with different cultural backgrounds see your images. Intended or unintended. Discuss and develop your work at Master level with Desiree Vroemen.


In deze module leer je onder de bezielende leiding van Daria Tuminas, Desiree Vroemen of Peter Frank Heuseveldt om verbaal beter te communiceren over je eigen fotografie en over fotografie in het algemeen. Het schrijven van jouw individuele artist statement, helpt je tot nieuwe inzichten te komen. Door naar andere fotografen te kijken, leer je hoe hun werkwijze, concept en visie is en hoe dit tot uitdrukking komt in hun artist statement. Maar ook leer je in deze module signature development  je eigen werk beter te analyseren en verder uit te breiden. Je leert seriematig werken en je fotografie te combineren in een portfolio. De keuzes die je daarbij moet maken zullen af en toe vallen onder de term ‘Kill your darlings’. Maar het presenteren van je werk en aan derden uitleggen waar je foto’s over gaan, wordt door het volgen van de module signature development een stuk makkelijker.

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A portrait

made by
Naomi van Elsland
for the module Photographic Development II
(Second Year) as part of a serie portraits.

ISO 400 – 1/100 sec – F. 5.0 – 50mm f/1.4

natural light use

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