From 1982 to1989, he was a photography lecturer at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium. In this same period, he founded and co-directed the gallery XYZ in Ghent. He invited the most eminent photographers in the world to show their work. In 1990, he became a nominee at the photo agency Magnum, and in 1994 a full-fledged member. At this moment, he already held over one hundred solo exhibitions around the world.