About Photothema

Anton Harfst and Laurien van den Hoven form the strong and dedicated team of Photothema. They share their passion for photography with the participants in the outdoor photo workshops in the Netherlands and in tours worldwide. Anton and Laurien use their teaching and organization skills to see their ‘students’ go home with plenty of photos and new skills.  And most important: with more experience and lots of energy to bring their photography to a new level.

Our goal: “To give lovers of photography the tools and confidence to create the images they envision”

Anton Harfst – photography instructor, outdoor photographer & photo editor at Photothema

Photothema Anton HarfstLeads the photo workshops and tours. Anton shoots with Nikon (D810, D300S and P340).

“Originally trained as a language teacher, I have become a photographer and photo editor. My education suits me perfect, as no workshop participant is the same. Guiding enthousiastic photographers is a rewarding job.”

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Laurien van den Hoven – organizer & photographer at Photothema

Photothema Laurien van den HovenOrganises and guides the Photothema photography workshops and tours. Laurien shoots with a Nikon D300.

“I enjoy developing the Photothema programs and guiding the participants. Furthermore, during the workshops I tell about history, culture, economy. The stories invite our participants to look and photograph in new ways, while I can use my background as an anthropologist. ”

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Anton and Laurien were married in 1992. They have been living fulltime in Greece from 2006 untill 2011. In 2012 they moved back to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.