Ton Dirven (1950) was born in Breda, The Netherlands. After finishing high school Ton studied financial auditing and has been employed as a financial advisor until 2016.
As early as the nineteen seventies Ton was taking a keen interest in photography. After discovering the work of Jan Saudek in the nineties he decided no longer to listen to the opinions of other people. Instead he chose to follow his own way and ideas. This resulted in an unusual and surreal approach to his photography.
Ton creates with his models colourful scenes vibrating with a subtle emotional radiance. In contrast his black and whites are disturbing.
Ton participated in various group exhibitions and art trails. Twice he was invited to join a select group of Dutch artists in the 2014 (“Alive”) and 2015 (“Face the Dutch”) edition of the Photoville Festival, New York.
Breda, The Netherlands