Photographic DNA

Michel Vaerewijck & Maison Respen


For over one century, the love for art, craftsmanship and technology has defined photography at Maison Respen, comptoir de photographie.

Founded in 1890 by his great-great grandfather Lambert Respen, Michel Vaerewijck looks back at a long history of sharing this passion for photographic media.


“The sense of belonging is one of the key elements of happiness. Precious mementos of your history are the only tangible links of your identity.”



Our specialties:


Private & Family

*Personal and family events: From birth to Post Mortem

*Your story: Making your biography or family album

*Restoration of damaged pictures, conservation and archiving of old photographic material and equipment

(in respect to privacy, no private images are published on this website)


Printed Media

Covering broad lifestyle reportages with portrait, travel, food & wine, architecture & interior, beauty & fashion.



*Product photography

*Advertising, in-situ & studio productions

*Company reportage

*Fashion catalogues

*Architecture & Interior photography

*Creation of communication tools by specialists' team

*Creation of corporate identity via our designers platform

*Creation and management of websites & online shops

*Event photography



*Reproduction & catalogue photography of paintings / sculptures / antiques

*Catalogue & book creation

*Communication tools for artists & galleries



*Lectures on: The social instrument ‘photography’ as a personal identity tool, historical processes, contemporary photography

*Workshops: Basic photography, analogue photography and dark room processing, historical processes, family & private photography

*Master classes, here and abroad


Don’t hesitate to inquire on any topics mentioned above. Due to the many mails we receive, response can be slow, as we want to offer everyone a personal answer.
Thank you for understanding.



Michel Vaerewijck

Troyentenhoflaan 61

2600 Berchem

T   +32 (0)3 237 75 95

G  +32 (0)478 214 441