Bustling metropolises of Martin Roemers

Bustling metropolises of Martin Roemers

The movement of trains or a group of cars becomes a colored whoosh and people who sit or stand still for a few seconds longer then become the main characters of the story.

I interviewed the Dutch photographer Martin Roemers about his project which he started in 2007 and finished in 2015. He made a photoserie about street life in bustling metropolises that is now on display in Huis Marseille. This interview was for the blog of the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

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When he opens his eyes, Wout Berger sees the IJsselmeer

When he opens his eyes, Wout Berger sees the IJsselmeer

The Dutch photographer Wout Berger lives in the small town of Uitdam, on the big body of freshwater near Amsterdam called the IJssel lake, ‘het IJsselmeer’. Every day when he opens his eyes, it is the first thing he sees. He lives in his subject. In 2009 he started photographing it regularly and now, at the end of 2012, his beautiful book has appeared, When I Open My Eyes, with a selection of 64 of the some 150 photographs he took over the course of two and a half years. At the De Pont museum in Tilburg there is an exhibition of a number of large prints from the series, through Jan. 6th, 2013. A wonderful photograph by Wout Berger of skaters on the frozen IJsselmeer was also included in the exhibition of artworks curated by Maartje van den Heuvel for our project ‘Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch’. His approach to photography is: ‘I try to show what you see when you focus on what is right in front of you.’ Read the article…

Collector Marty de Montereau’s collectors  at NoFound in Paris

Collector Marty de Montereau’s collectors at NoFound in Paris

The young, affordable, contemporary counterpart of the très arrivé Paris Photo is NoFound. It was held this year for the second time and was also at the festival in Arles this past summer. NoFound’s mission: ‘Contemporary art galleries are teeming with artists who work through the medium of photography: mixed media artists, sculptors, performance artists. Our aim is to shed light on the links between photography and contemporary art.’ Read the article…

East Wing, newcomer from Qatar at Paris Photo

East Wing, newcomer from Qatar at Paris Photo

One of this year’s surprises at Paris Photo was East Wing, a new international platform for photography and art from the ‘Greater Middle East’ located in Doha, Qatar. Creative director is Hester Keijser, whom I knew as the perceptive blogger on photographyMrs. Deane. East Wing started just five months ago and presented itself this fall at both Amsterdam’s new photo fair Unseen and at Paris Photo. Read the article…

Theaster Gates’ labor is his protest

Theaster Gates’ labor is his protest

This story also appeared on the Loeb Fellowship blog, check it out here

Incongruously, there is a big yellow fire truck parked outside theWhite Cube Gallery in Bermondsley, the area in southeastern London that is gentrifying at breakneck speed. Inside there is a big red fire truck which, even more incongruously, is hanging from the ceiling, its tires dangling helplessly in the air like the legs of a baby in a highchair. The fire trucks are eyecatching elements in the newest exhibition of Theaster Gates (LF ’11), called My Labor Is My Protest. Read the article…

Diana Blok’s poignant story: ‘Time Tells’

Diana Blok’s poignant story: ‘Time Tells’

War, migration, religion, love, identity – all the big themes are there, shimmering beneath the surface of ‘Time Tells’, a beautiful, poignant exhibition by photographer Diana Blok. It is at Witteveen visual arts center, Konijnenstraat 16A, Amsterdam, through Saturday  Nov. 10th. There is also a handsome book and a documentary she made in collaboration with filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz. Read the article…

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