“For me, a photo often arises out of admiration for the person I am photographing. There is mutual trust and that creates a powerful fearlessness that I find very inspiring.” – Harmen Meinsma

Biography | Harmen Meinsma

Harmen Meinsma is currently based in Rotterdam but grew up with his grandmother in Friesland. In his teenage years, Meinsma started photographing himself and his friends in his grandmother’s attic. Intuitively he focussed on bringing to life his personal fantasies full of unconventional beauty, a theme that still characterises his visual language.

Harmen is inspired by the people he comes across in real life. He amplifies what intrigues him through his lens. “In my work, I direct the spotlight to outcasts and the birds of paradise in this world and I turn them into icons.”

Harmen Meinsma received his BA (Hons) degree from the Willem de Kooning academy in 2017, specializing in fine art photography. Since then, he is working on vibrant personal and commissioned projects. His images have been exhibited in New York during Photoville and the Kunsthal Rotterdam. Besides that, his images have been featured in &C, FD Persoonlijk, NRC, Vogue NL and Volkskrant Magazine.  

Contact | Harmen Meinsma

BA Photography (hons) – Willem de Kooning academy – Rotterdam
BA Photography – Royal Academy of Art – The Hague

2020 LensCulture Street Photography Awards (finalist)
2020 SO AWARD (nominated)

Pose! & Arawak Teatro – Verkadefabriek – Den Bosch (upcoming)
2021  Pose! (solo) – Slash Gallery – Rotterdam
2021  Pose! (group) – Noorderzon – Groningen
2021 Youthquake (group) – Kunsthal – Rotterdam

2020 Starring You (group) – Melkweg Expo – Amsterdam
2020 Pose! (artist in residence) – Worm – Rotterdam
2019 Photoville (group) – New York
2018 Museum Nacht 010 (solo) – Rotterdam
2017 Bazaar Beauties (solo) – Rotterdam
2017 Pentaprism (graduation show) – Rotterdam
2013 (On)begrensd (group) – De Affiche Galerij – Den Haag

Masterclasses – Cobra Museum – Amstelveen
2020 Guest Lecturer – School of the Art Institute – Chicago
2018 Editor – Character Building – Showroom MAMA – Rotterdam

2018 The Last Season I – Hogeschool Rotterdam 

2021-2022 Alphabet Soup, portraits of LGBTQIA+ persons (twenty episodes) – Volkskrant (in-print)
Fotografii cu lumea extravagantă a clubberilor queer din Rotterdam – VICE Rômania
2021 Foto’s die bewijzen dat de club veel meer is dan een besmettingshaard – VICE Nederland
Nachtvlinders in al hun extravagantie – NRC (in-print)
Coverstory starring Minister Hugo de Jonge – Volkskrant Magazine (in-print)
Je bent nog altijd jong en je wilt wat – De Standaard (in-print)
2021 Geobsedeerd door eeuwige jeugd – FD Persoonlijk (in-print)
2020 POSE! Harmen Meinsma Capturing a new generation of Rotterdam icons – Worm Rotterdam (in-print)
2020 Elderly Heroes – Coeval Magazine
2020 Harmen Meinsma, la vita è un gioco SuperPop. Con un’aria da commedia americana – Italian Factory Magazine
2020 Giving Birth To Dying – Coeval Magazine
2019 Celebrity Impersonators – &C magazine (in-print)
2019 Tommy Walton – Coeval Magazine
2019 Dit rotterdamse draghouse is van plan de wereld te bestormen – i-D
2019 Laatbloeiers – &C magazine (in-print)
2018 Talent in beeld – CJP magazine (in-print)
2018 Een vervlogen jeugd – ADCN Magazine (in-print)
2018 Portrait of Elza Jo – Vogue NL (in-print)
2017 Hollandse Beelden (in-print)
2017 Upcoming talent – Kiekie krant (in-print)
2017 The class of 2017 – Adformatie (in-print)
2016 Fashionarchitecture FW16 – de Architect
2016 Myn leave Ljouwert – Trouw (in-print)
2016 Bazaar beauty’s: de paradijsvogels van rotterdam – i-D

2021 POSE! – RTV Rijnmond
2021 My Dear Joyce/The Last Season – KIEKIE tabloid
2021 Vriendschap tussen fotograaf (29) en muze (80): ‘We halen samen allerlei gekke capriolen uit’ – AD
2021 Nooit Meer Slapen – VPRO
2020 Glamour op de camping in Hoek van Holland: ‘Hier is geluk nog heel gewoon’ – RTV Rijnmond
2019 Professionele dramaqueen harmen meinsma wil iedereen beroemd maken – i-D
2019 Harmen & Hannah – NPO Extra
2017 Glamour op de camping van Hoek van Holland – AD
2017 Zoeken naar paradijsvogels op de Afrikaandermarkt – OPEN Rotterdam
2017 Je bent nooit te oud om in een designerjurk een boom te beklimmen – i-D

&C, Adformatie, Kunsthal, Trouw, Vogue NL and Volkskrant.