Steven Ligthert MA is a portrait photographer based in Arnhem, Netherlands. He started photographing professionally next to his studies Philosophy and Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, of which he holds a master’s degree. Steven’s work is displayed in (international) publications such as Metropolis M, the archives of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit, Research institute CLUE+ and several other cultural institutions. His work is often used professionally, such as on corporate websites, presentations, publications, etc. Feel free to send an email to steven[at]ligthert.com.
Steven draws inspiration from philosophers such as Deleuze and Derrida who prioritize alterity — or otherness. Prioritizing alterity is attempting to remain open to what presents itself as itself. Such a position entails that any notion of a transparent ego should be postponed to a later time. Deleuze, following this reasoning consequently, even deconstructs the very idea of a conceptual “architecture” in thinking. Mille Plateux, or A Thousand Plateaus (written together with Guattari in 1980) takes shape as a “rhizome,” allowing for the immediate connection between any of its points and therefore bypassing the idea of verticality or gravity. This makes it demanding to read. In photographic work a philosophy of difference results in the establishment of new relations between form, shape, color and cultural artifacts such as (personal) identity, gender, etc. Thus, alterity can be considered as a creative engine running underneath Steven’s work.
A second line of interest is graphical art from the 1920s that centers around the Idea of Modernism. Avant-garde photographers such as Jean Moral (click the link to see images), Aurel Bauh, Marianne Breslauer, André Papillon, Florence Henri, Fernand Léger, Ergy Landau, Francois Kollar, Germaine Krull, André Steiner and many more, to this day influence art with their search for new composition, camera angles and subject matter, guided by new technology and a brilliant sense for futurism.
Equipment: Steven can deliver several photographic styles because of a broad collection of (prime) lenses — ranging from 24 to 400mm — and a substantial lighting kit. He has a number of portable flashes and three studio strobes which can be used on location (both indoors and outdoors). Several softboxes (40-180cm), reflectors, grids and beauty dishes make different qualities of light possible, ranging from specular to ultrasoft and from harsh to ultra-wrapping. Feel free to ask Steven something about his gear or an assignment.
Steven Ligthert MA started photographing professionally next to his studies Philosophy and Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, of which he holds a master’s degree. Steven’s work is displayed in (international) publications such as Metropolis M, the archives of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit, Research institute CLUE+ and several other cultural institutions. His work is often used professionally such as on corporate websites, presentations, publications, etc. Feel free to to get in touch.
Moving Futures Dance Festival, 2019
De Nieuwe Oost, Arnhem, 2019
Film Theatre LUX, Nijmegen, 2019
Dansmakers, Amsterdam, 2018
Stadstheater Arnhem, 2017, 2018
Dansateliers, Rotterdam, 2018
Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, 2018
VOX Magazine, Nijmegen, 2018
De Nieuwe Oost, Arnhem, 2017, 2018
Moving Futures Dance Festival, 2017, 2018
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2017, 2018
Resarch Institute CLUE+, Amsterdam, 2017, 2018
Zwolse Theaters, Zwolle, 2017
Metropolis M, Amsterdam, 2017
Simulacrum, Amsterdam, 2017
Dancers / Choreographers:
Portretfotograaf Arnhem. Steven Ligthert is een Nederlandse topfotograaf die zich richt op portretten, portretfotografie, portret en documentaire fotografie. Zo legt hij onder meer dansvoorstellingen vast, en fotografeert hij voor verschillende culturele organisaties (cultuur, cultureel, Theater, Theater aan de Rijn, Theater a/d Rijn, Musis, Stadstheater, Musis-Stadstheater), en voor diverse bladen (zoals Metropolis M, Volkskrant Magazine, Theaterkrant, Moving Futures en meer). Steven fotografeert in Arnhem en in Amsterdam, en portretteert mensen. Hij is een portretfotograaf en doet ook bruiloften en bruidsfotografie. De Arnhemse fotograaf heeft meerdere jaren ervaren met portretfotografie en bruiloften. Zakelijke portretten, LinkedIN, social media, Facebook en voor bedrijven en bruiloften, bruiloft. Bruidsfotograaf. Portretfotograaf Arnhem Steven Ligthert.
Steven Ligthert is a Dutch portrait photographer. LinkedIN photo, Facebook photo, professional portrait. The Arnhem-based photographer specializes in portraits, portraiture photography, portraits and documentary photography. He photograph among others dance performances for multiple cultural organizations in the Netherlands and abroad (culture, cultural, arts, art, entertainment, theatre, choreography, Theater aan de Rijn, Theater a/d Rijn, Musis, Stadstheater, Musis-Stadstheater, Arnhemse Podia, Moving Futures). He shoots wedding, portraits, newborns.