Jan Welters was born and raised in The Netherlands. Passionate by the visual arts since he was very young he studied at the St Joost Art School in Breda where he left in 1983 to start assisting different photographers, first in Amsterdam and later in New York where he lived until 1989.
He began his photographic career in Amsterdam, focusing on fashion photography. In 1992 he continued in Milan until moving to Paris in 1995.
He recently moved to Topanga Canyon, near LA, with his wife and two kids.
Over the years Jan has worked for a wide range of magazines, such as Vanity Fair, Paris, German, Dutch, Spanish and American editions of Vogue, American, French and British Elle, American InStyle, Details and Marie Claire to mention a couple.
Advertising jobs include Dior, Balenciaga, Nike, Lancaster, Chaumet, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Princesse Tam Tam, Sinequanone, Jil Sander Fragrance, Lancel, Mango, Eres, l’Oreal, Garnier, Vichy, Printemps and Bloomingdales.
Since 2003 he is working on a series of portraits using jeans by Superfine, the label of his partner Lucy Pinter. They also work on the lookbooks together.
Jan has photographed many celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Marc Jacobs, Vanessa Paradis, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Emma Watson, Marion Cotillard, Tilda Swinton, Courtney Love, Kylie Minogue, Sophie Marceau, Riccardo Tisci, Sienna Miller, Freida Pinto, and Jean Paul Gaulthier.