Maurice Richard Heesen. Born in Hoorn, NL on the 27th of March in 1969. Studied Graphic design in Amsterdam and worked as an art director in advertising for 2 1/2 years before setting out on an almost 6 years long journey around the world. During this time making his travel money by designing backpacks, which were manufactured in Nepal, and sold through Europe and importing Santa Claus hats from Hong Kong which were sold on the German Christmas markets. In Singapore he bought a camera which got stuck to his hand on the rest of his travels. Observing human life and capturing the greatest, funniest, most touching and beautiful moments he could find was all he wanted to do. He went back to the Netherlands and started working on commercial project. The combination of his advertising background and his love for photography worked well. Maurice believes that there is always one moment in a story where everything comes together and with capturing this moment you tell everything you need. Together with his graphic design and advertising background it creates the clear signature in his work.
In the last 15 years he received numerous awards from the I.P.A (New York), Colour Awards (L.A.), A.O.P. (London), PX3 (Paris) and PANL (Netherlands), to name a few. He’s been working for international clients like Nike, Emirates airlines, Volvo, Heineken, Canon, Vodafone and many, many others.