Hi there, my name is Sonja Luesing (b.1996). I graduated at St. Joost in Breda. As a Documentary photographer I have always been attracted to the formation of identity. How did someone become the way he or she is and what influence does that have on the character are questions that I answer with my work. Because of my upbringing in a multicultural environment, I feel involved with migrants, guest workers and refugees. People looking for their identity in a foreign country. With an observational eye I use photography to let people express how they see themselves. By entering the domain of my subject, I capture the everyday without disguising reality.


2013/2017 – Graphic design, Fashion and trends MBO 4  Grafisch lyceum graphic Rotterdam

2018/2022 – Photography and Film BA, AKVSt.Joost Breda

2020/2021 – LAB University of Applied Sciences Lahti, Photography exchange program.

2021 June/October  internship Assistent photography 500watt, Rotterdam

2016 January/2016 May, Graphic design assistant, Margreeth Olsthoorn Rotterdam

2016 May 05/2016 October, stylist & photography assistent, Marie Cecile Thijs studio Rotterdam


2022 October – BredaPhoto, I Treasure your hugs, group exhibition Station

2022 July – Graduation St. Joost School of Art & Design: Now show
2021 July/August –  The grey area, NS16 Tilburg group exhibition ‘Paradise’

2019 June –  RUIS online exhibition, St Joost film & photo.

Artist in Residence

2022 September – 23 October – BredaPhoto the Residency Programme 2022

2022 May- uniwerek.tv Poszukiwanie własnej tożsamości potrafi otworzyć oczy

 – uniwerek.tv Poszukiwanie własnej tożsamości potrafi otworzyć oczy


2022 – National Portrait Gallery London/ Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 – Shortlisted