Harold Naaijer was born in the Netherlands. With a special interest in the field of labour and political movements, he was educated in social science.
In 1996 he established as a professional photographer. As a contemporary nomad, his field of activity is all over the world. Harold sees changing places, as an important source for new ideas and images. He lived and worked in Utrecht (The Netherlands), Valencia (Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal). Currently his residency is in Vienna (Austria).
His work is exhibited in various group and solo shows in international galleries and art places in Austria, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and Syria.
In 2007 and 2008 Harold organised and curated the first and second edition of the International Photo Festival Portugal. Photographers from Europe, US and Asia participated in this event.
Various books were published, often in collaboration with Dutch writer Donald Niedekker.
About his work
In his search for the unlimited possibilities of the camera, Harold discovered the nature of the artistic process.
While his passion for photography unfolded, he found out that his questions about reality, as well as his curiosity about authenticity and the way authenticity can be covered and glossed over, are best explored by the camera and the human eye. No force seems to be stronger than the force of imagination.
Together with this, photography gives way to work with that other immense power: intuition.
About how he likes to work
Theory of the dérive
"ONE OF THE BASIC situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”], a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll.
In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones.."
— Theory of the Dérive
Les Lèvres Nues #9 (November 1956)
reprinted in Internationale Situationniste #2 (December 1958)