As a 14 years old boy Pim Westerweel experienced a magic moment when his father, being an enthusiastic amateur photographer, gave him permission to play with his 9×12 camera. Looking on the focusing screen he discovered the exciting world of definition and blur. When you pulled out the lens to the max you could even see and capture the world as through a magnifying glass.
This experience determined his career to come. After two years of education at the Foto Vakschool in The Hague, thereafter during his military service he almost naturally was stationed at the Airforce Photo Service.
What followed were ten years as a photographer and a movie maker at the Amsterdam Zoo Artis until in 1970 he decided to switch to photographing people.
In 1975 the magazine Televizier offered him a contract for even more documentaries and portraits, also with hundreds of covers as a result.
In 1987 he initiated, inspired by a visit at the photo festival Les Rencontres d’Arles in the south of France, the Fotofestival Naarden with 40.000 visitors every two year.
Next to this all he designs photographic dessins for textile, carpets and wall paper for more than 25 years,
His studio now is converted into a photo gallery