Els Matthysen (born 1968) studied Marketing and Visual communication. She started with photogrphy when she was 16 years old. Afterwards, she studied Photography in Antwerp (‘Academie Noord’ in Brasschaat and did some workshops by e.g. Piet Van den Eynde, Willem Wernsen, Michiel Hendryckx and Yann Bertrand. For living, she works as a journalist-photographer at VVH, de Vereniging van Vlaamse Huisvestingsmaatschappijen (social housing).

This website shows her personal photography work. Her portraits, documentary’s and street photography is made in her homeland Belgium as well as abroad. Human nature is the centre of her work.


1999 – 2005Photography, degré and specialization at Academie Noord, Brasschaat, Belgium


2001 – presentPhotos for magazine Fundamenten and website ( VVH -Vereniging van Vlaamse Huisvestingsmaatschappijen – social housing)
2006Brasschaat’s writers portraits (exhibition for Brasschaat library)
1995 – presentWeddings- and  communion  documentaries for different private clients
1993Pub terraces (book for Alken-Maes Brewery )
1992Pub-interiors (book for Alken-Maes Brewery)


2018“illegal Hong Kong housing”- Multisensory Group exhibition Stuck and squeezed in V Gallery, Kowloon, Hong Kong
2014“twelve” and “Bohemians”- CC Merksem (B), group exhibition-City of Antwerp
2013“wedding drama” – CC Merksem (B), group exhibition-City of Antwerp
2010“Portraits from a Jewish family” – CC Merksem (B), group exhibition-City of Antwerp
2009“Testimony from Doel” – CC Pastorijstraat Doel (B), group exhibition
2009“Testimony from Doel” – Photofestival Naarden (NL), group exhibition “fotodok”
2006“Testimony from Doel” – Kraakpand Engelsesteenweg Doel (B), solo exhibition
2006“Testimony from Doel” – Academy “North”, Brasschaat, afdeling Fotografie. Group exhibition
2003“Swimming pool” – Antverpia Brasschaat (B), group exhibition Academy North, Brasschaat, Photography departement.
2001“Luchtbal neighbours outside” – CC Luchtbal Antwerp (B), group exhibition Academy North, Brasschaat, Photography departement.
1999“Portraits” – CC Kasteel Schoten (B), group exhibition ”
seven at the table”