Dutch photographer Marie Cécile Thijs (December 27, 1964, Heerlen, The Netherlands) specializes in portraiture. In her photographs she strives for intensity and illusion. She mingles contemporary style with classical aesthetics. Marie Cécile Thijs initially had a career as a lawyer, but more than fifteen years ago she rediscovered her earlier love for the camera, and decided to become a photographer. Since then, she has achieved recognition for her photoseries 'Human Angels', 'White Collar' and 'Legal Practitioners'. She is also known for her portraits of many politicians, artists and writers. Her work is part of the collection of Rijksmuseum Amsterdam ("Cat with White Collar", "Girl with White Collar at Table" and ”Salinero”), Museum Rotterdam and many corporate and private collections.
Her photography is regularly published and she exhibits frequently in Amsterdam and throughout Europe. In the Netherlands, her work is represented by Eduard Planting Gallery, and she is alligned with photo agency Hollandse Hoogte. In conjunction with her life as a photographer, she is a teacher at the Photo Academy (Fotoacademie).
In November 2013 the book "Characters" has been published by Lecturis. It shows an overview of the work that Marie Cécile has made over the last 15 years. More information about “Characters” can be found here.
From 1 March until 31 May 2015 a large and spectacular solo exhibition - “Lust for Light" - has been held in Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht (also during TEFAF). => More information about “Lust for Light".
From 7 November 2015 - 3 January 2016 we hosted a new show with her work, consisting of past & present highlights, including some of her latest work with tulips and of course her Asiatica series, made with objects from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam that are used in the beautiful exhibition "Asia > Amsterdam" in the Rijksmuseum. => More information about ‘Past & Present Highlights'.
In November 2015 the book 'Food Portraits' has been published by EPFAP Publishing in Amsterdam (our own publishing company). More then 60 great still-life photographs. There's also a special edition, including 1, 2 or 3 small prints from the book. => More information about 'Food Portraits'.
From 16 January - 17 April 2016 her work will be part of the exhibition “Dutch Identity - Contemporary Dutch Portrait Photography” in Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle (NL). The 25 most prominent Dutch portrait photographers are included. Next to Marie Cécile you can see the work of Erwin Olaf, Rineke Dijkstra, Desiree Dolron, Koos Breukel and others.