Bieke Depoorter was born in 1986 in Kortrijk, Belgium. She received a Master’s Degree in Photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. Her early colour photography work is the result of a unique approach: she captures the privacy of people whom she meets by chance and she gets to invite her into their homes. She captures indescribable, fragile and intense moments, always with kindness.

For the Ou Menya series, the young artist travelled for three months in Russia, to remote villages, guided by the Trans-Siberian Railway. This work won her several awards, including the Magnum Expression Award in 2009. Her first book, Ou Menya, was published by Lannoo (Belgium) in 2011.

For a similar long-term project entitled I am about to call it a day, the photographer went to the United States. A book of the same name was jointly published in 2014 by Edition Patrick Frey (Switzerland) and Hannibal (Belgium). With Sète#15, in photographs taken during an artistic residency for the festival l’image Singulières, it's for the first time that Depoorter explores the thin line between fiction and documentary. She presents a nocturnal vision of the city, with a filmic dream-like atmosphere. Her photographs convey the muted pulsations of a sleeping city.

Depoorter finalized her first shortmovie ‘Dvalemodus’ in 2017, which she directed together with musician Mattias De Craene. The film talks about the everlasting darkness in a small village in the Northern Norway.

Depoorter is currently working on a new book As it May be that will be published in October 2017. Since the beginning of the uprising in 2011 in Egypt, she tried to find trust in a country where mistrust predominates.

When she was just 25 years old, she joined the Magnum agency, of which she became a nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016.



5 October - November 2017 - As it May Be - Prix Levallois exhibition at Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois, FR
21 October - 14 January - SOLO As it May Be - Photomuseum The Hague, NL

8 + 11 November - screening of Dvalemodus at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, CH



    Magnum Manifesto, ICP, New York, USA
    Tell me, how are you? - 80 days of Summer, Sint-Baafsabdij Ghent, BE
    Schaduwen - Bieke Depoorter and Ward Zwart Galerie 10A in Otegem, BE
    Screening of Dvalemodus and Sète#15 at MoMa, New York, USA
    Women seeing women at Staley Wise gallery, New York, USA
    Looking for America at Museum Hilversum, NL
    Galerie 10A in Otegem, BE


    Europalia, Bozar, Brussels, BE

    Artijuli, Senja, NO


    With Frederik Buyckx in the Bogardenkapel in Bruges, BE

    Europalia, Bozar, Brussels, BE

    Solo Snapshot 11/ Namaste Brugge, Folklore Museum Bruges, BE

    Solo Images Singulières, Sète, FR

    Artijuli, Senja, NO

    Void, Derry, UK


    Solo Freelens Gallery, Hamburg, DE

    International Photofestival of Istanbul, TR

    Solo Eubelius, Brussels, BE

    The Belgian Six - The word Magazine - Summer of Photography, Bozar, BE

    Images Singulières, Sète, FR


    This Infinite World, Set 10 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH

    Welt - Bilder 5 / World Images 5, Groupexhibition, Helmhaus, Zürich, CH

    The Other Hundred, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong
    Magnum Gallery, Mannheim, DE

    Welcome to Life – Stationsplein, Sint-Niklaas, BE

    Smiles of African Mothers, Italian Cultural Institute, Addis Ababa, ETH (for CCM)

    Smiles of African Mothers, Turin, IT (for CCM)

    The Shadow of Tahrir, André Demedtshuis, Wielsbeke, BE

    Welcome to Life, Minnewaterpark, Brugge, BE (for Handicap International)

    Solo: Aller Retour, Budafabriek Kortrijk, BE (with Carl De Keyzer and Stephan Vanfleteren)

    Caïropolis, Sint Pietersabdij Gent, BE (with Harry Gruyaert, Filip Claus and Zaza Bertrand)

    In Thokoza - Of Soul and Joy, Ithuba Arts gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, SA


    The Flemish Sensibility, Flanders house, New York

    Solo: Ou Menya and I am About to Call it a Day – Sint Pietersabdij, Ghent, BE

    De plaatsen van het alledaagse. Photography and Architecture Biennale, La Cambre, Brussels, BE

    Welcome to life, Warandepark, Brussels, BE (for Handicap International)

    Solo: I am About to Call it a Day at Festival of Photography Ethics of Lodi, IT

    Solo: Ou Menya, Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL


    Solo: Ou Menya, Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL

    Solo: Ou Menya + book presentation in Gallery Ikono, Brussels, BE

    Photo Festival Menotrentuno, House of Traditional Works, Bitti, Sardinië, IT

    Galerie du Soir, Musée de la photographie, Charleroi, BE

    Exhibition with Tendance Floue at Les Rencontres d'Arles, FR

    De Grens/ La Frontière - Bozar Extras Muros, Vloesberg and Brakel, BE

    Birds of a Feather Flock Together, group show in CC Strombeek, BE

    In the Margin – Belgian Documentary Photography, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, BE

    Changing Places, Van Kranendonk Gallery, The Hague, NL

    Photo Festival Sète, Residency with Tendance Floue, Sète, FR

    Enter 4 - CC Strombeek, BE

    Enter 3 - CC Strombeek, BE

    Roger Raveel 9.02.2011 - Portrait of Roger Raveel for the exhibition 'De schilder, de duif en de dingen' – CC Strombeek, BE

    Sony World Photography Award: Global Tour exhibitions set to showcase in San Francisco, Mexico City, London and Shanghai.


    Enter 2 - CC Strombeek, BE

    Enter 1 - CC Strombeek, BE

    Kunstenfestival Watou 2010, BE

    Winner's exhibition Sony World Photography Awards, Cannes, FR

    Ou Menya in The Photo Academy Award – De Winkelhaak, Antwerp, BE

    Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty, group exhibition by Outlandish, Brussels, BE

    Ou Menya in The photo academy award – Photogallery Rotterdam, NL


    Onder anderen kijken naar verhalen – Koenseseverein, Amsterdam, NL

    Ou Menya in the photo academy award – Photomuseum Antwerp, BE

    Ou Menya in the photo academy award – Photogallery Groningen, NL

    The Magnum Expression Award, Magnum Gallery – St. Javits Centre, New York, USA

    Ou Menya in The Photo Academy Award – Photogallery Fotogram, Amsterdam, NL

    Ou Menya in The Photo Academy Award – Photomuseum The Hague, NL

    Final degree show KASK, Ghent, BE


    T.I.N + The Candidate States of the EU: Croatia and Macedonia – Gallery Marcus, Ghent, BE