Tim Dirven won a World Press Photo Award with his picture of an Afghan woman, taken shortly after 9/11. Another photo of dancing flight attendants on a KLM airplane became famous after being bought by people around the world. Tim Dirven has been capturing iconic images for over 20 years. He defines his collected works as Karkas (carcass), because it centralises the architecture of man and animal, defining the essence of bodily existence. When everything has been eaten, the carcass is all that is left behind: the last witness. Similarly, this book is a search for the essence of existence. Dirven portrays no-nonsense people hardened by life, who are trying to find balance in an often insecure religious, cultural, political and ecological context.
Since 1996 Tim Dirven has balanced working for the Belgian newspaper De Morgen with pursuing personal projects, in which his photographs tell intimate stories about the lives of ordinary people. He won the Fuji press award in 1999 for his feature on the Yemen and a World Press Photo award for his work in Afghanistan in 2002.