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Martin Roemers
A Body of Work

by Els Barents

Martin Roemers understands like no other the art of translating global themes into human dimensions. During more than twenty years of photography, his successive subjects have clearly shown the extent to which he seeks visual concepts that justify his work’s increasing complexity.

Roemers preferred the black-and-white portrait for his photo projects on the long-term effects of warfare. This resulted in books and exhibitions such as Kabul (2003), The Never-Ending War (2005) and The Eyes of War (2012). By opting for an individual portrait, he and his lens effectively entered the mind’s eye of a soldier or war victim. In this way, he saw (and heard) the issues that they had been confronted with. Thus, he created a perfect match between the visual portrait and the spoken testimony: the most honest approach that a photographer can choose for his subject.

In his book Relics of the Cold War (2009) Roemers remained true to his theme of war. He now assumed the position of an archaeologist tracing the remains of the Cold War in former Eastern and Western Europe and then photographing them in situ. This generated a bizarre collection of images of underground tunnels, rusting tanks and abandoned nuclear missile launchers: the discarded baggage of a longstanding policy of mutual deterrence. These many years later, Roemers not only shows that it all still exists - albeit relentlessly battered by erosion, destruction and neglect - in his book he also demonstrates how the active memory of this near-war persists to this day. 

The concept for Metropolis (2007-2015), his recent and largest project to date, is based on a long-time fascination with megacities like Mumbai and New York. When he was in Mumbai in 2003, Martin Roemers literally asked himself how he could encapsulate in a single image the boundless, almost tangible energy, chaos and tumult of a city of more than ten million people. And here again his analysis was effective: He focused on centres of business such as market places and main roads, while working with a slightly elevated position and a slow shutter speed. In this way, the endless stream of people, trains, cars, rickshaws and cyclists is transformed into an image of a single, vast and indefinable source of energy that hurtles between static elements including houses, stalls and merchandise. The eighty photos, which Roemers has since made of megacities worldwide, have something overwhelming in their simplicity. In Metropolis, he shows you what really lurks behind those neutral, metropolitan statistics. However, his powerfully concentrated accumulation of human activity can be viewed in different ways. Does it constitute the dire consequences of global urbanisation? Or simply the basics of a metropolitan economy? The abstraction concealed in every good photo becomes palpable in the improbable balance between static and dynamic forces. And no matter how extreme, in Roemers’ photos that balance remains intact.

Along with a good many international awards and nominations, Martin Roemers won a second prize in the 2006 World Press Photo contest for his Never-Ending War portraits; he subsequently received a first prize for Metropolis in 2011.

After graduating from the AKI Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede, Roemers has lived and worked in Delft, the Netherlands. His work has been included in exhibitions and collections throughout the world including Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and the Museum for Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; it is represented by galleries in Paris, Dubai and New York.                                                      

Els Barents was Huis Marseille’s Founding Director and the first Photography Curator of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Curriculum Vitae

Oldehove, The Netherlands, 1962


Bachelor of Arts  -  AKI, Academy of Visual Arts, Enschede, The Netherlands


Books (Monographs)  

- METROPOLIS – Martin Roemers, Hatje Cantz (Ostfildern, 2015)

  Introductions by Ricky Burdett, Azu Nwagbogu, Els Barents; 144 pages

- THE EYES OF WAR – Martin Roemers, Hatje Cantz (Ostfildern, 2012)

  Introductions by Cees Nooteboom, Martin Roemers, Interviews by Martin Roemers; 144 pages

- RELICS OF THE COLD WAR – Martin Roemers, Hatje Cantz (Ostfildern, 2009)

  Introductions by Nadine Barth, H.J.A. Hofland, Martin Roemers; 144 pages


  Martin Roemers, Wasmuth Verlag (Berlin, 2007), 

  Introductions by Winnfried Sonntag, Achim Dresler, Kerstin Schwenn; 84 pages


  (Nijmegen, 2005). Introduction by H.J.A. Hofland, Interviews by Martin Roemers, 120 pages

- KABUL, Legermuseum (Delft, 2003)

  Introduction by Frits Baarda; 30 pages

- TUSSEN VIJANDIGE BUREN – Martin Roemers, Mets & Schilt Publishers (Amsterdam, 2000)

  Introduction by Henri Beunders; 98 pages

- DE LAATSTE LICHTING / THE LAST BATCH – Martin Roemers, Het Apollohuis (Eindhoven, 1996)

  Introductions by Rolf Sachsse, Herman Amersfoort; 72 pages



- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 

- Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography, Amsterdam

- Kunsthal, Rotterdam

- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Art Collection, The Hague
- University of Leiden, Leids Prentenkabinet, Netherlands

- The Netherlands Embassy, Havana, Cuba

- The Netherlands Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil

- Nationaal Militair Museum, Soesterberg, Netherlands
- Royal DSM Art Collection, Heerlen, Netherlands

- Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany

- German Historical Museum (DHM), Berlin

- Industriemuseum Sachsen, Chemnitz, Germany 

- Stadtmuseum Berlin, Berlin

- Anthony Terrana Collection, Boston

- Ford Foundation, New York

- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Solo Exhibitions 

2018  (upcoming)  House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany (Haus der Geschichte), Relics of the Cold War 
2018  (upcoming)  Drents Museum, Assen, The Netherlands, Kabul Portraits 
2017 - 2018  Asian Library, University of Leiden, Netherlands, Metropolis 
2017 - 2018  Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, 
Netherlands, Metropolis 

2017  World Forum, The Hague, Metropolis
2017  India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, Metropolis

2017  Anastasia Photo, New York, Metropolis

2016  East Wing, Dubai, Metropolis
2016  German Historical Museum (DHM), Berlin, Relics of the Cold War
2016  Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Metropolis

2016  Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai, Metropolis

2015 - 2016  Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Metropolis

2015  Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, The Eyes of War

2014 - 2015  German Historical Museum (DHM), Berlin, The Eyes of War

2014  Anastasia Photo, New York, Relics of the Cold War

2014  Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Preview Metropolis

2012  Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Eyes of War

2012  Anastasia Photo, New York, Metropolis (Work in Progress)

2010  Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Relics of the Cold War

2009 - 2010  Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin, Relics of the Cold War

2009 - 2010  Deutsches Museum, Munich, Trabant: The Final Days of Production

2009  Stadt- und Industriemuseum Ruesselsheim, Germany, Trabant: The Final Days of Production

2009  Legermuseum, Delft, The Netherlands, Cold War Graveyard

2009  Kunsthal, Rotterdam, A tribute to the Trabant

2008  Industriemuseum Sachsen, Chemnitz, Germany, Trabant. The Final Days of Production

2007 - 2008  Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, Trabant. The Final Days of Production 
2007  Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Never-Ending War

2003  Legermuseum, Delft, Netherlands, Kabul

2001  Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen, Netherlands, Tussen vijandige buren


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  (upcoming)  Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Space: Crashes in Street Life
DongGang Museum of Photography, Metropolis, DongGang International Photo Festival; Yeongwol, South Korea
2017  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Wonderkamers

2017  Art Central, Hong Kong

2016  Art Miami
2016  Cetin Emec Art Gallerie, Izmir, Turkey, A Turkish Breeze through a Dutch frame frame 
2016  Biennial of Photography, Knokke-Heist, Belgium, Mexico Megalopolis 

2016  Amsterdam Art Fair
2016  PhotoEast, Suffolk, UK, The Eyes of War

2015  Acte2 Galerie, Paris, Urban Dreams
2014  Visa Pour l’Image, Relics of the Cold War (screening) Perpignan, France

2014  Bursa Fotofest, Bursa, Turkey, The Never-Ending War

2013  Paris Photo, Paris 

2013  Photoville, Brooklyn, New York

2013  The Empty Quarter, Art Market, Dubai

2013  Somerset House, London, Syngenta Photography Award 2013

2013  Art Rotterdam

2012  YIP Art, Christie’s Auction House, Amsterdam

2012  MOTI museum, Breda, Netherlands, Rollercoaster

2012  The Eye Photofestival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, UK
2012  Rencontres d'Arles, France, Metropolis (screening)

2012  Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, New York

2011  Museum of Estonian Architecture, Talinn, Estonia, Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

2011  The Empty Quarter, Dubai, Metropolis 2.0

2011  Noorderlicht Photofestival , Groningen, Netherlands, Metropolis

2011  Sony World Photography Festival 2011, London, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sao Paulo

2011  World Press Photo 2011

2011  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Summer Exhibition

2011  Photofestival Naarden, Naarden, Netherlands, Let’s face it

2010  Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, USA, Daylight/CDS Photo  Awards

2010  YIP Art, Christie’s Auction House, Amsterdam

2010  Photofestival Bredaphoto, Breda, Netherlands, Tilt

2010  Noorderlicht Photofestival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Warzone
2010  Fotofestival Fotopub, Galerija Simulaker, Novo Mesto, Slovenia, Relics of the Cold War

2009 - 2010  Ephraim-Palais, Stadtmuseum Berlin, Berlin, Fallmauerfall | 61 – 89 – 09

           Grenzueberschreitung und Grenzerfahrung im Spiegel der Kunst
2009  The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague

2009  Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands, Gimme Shelter—Bouw in Beeldprijs

2009  Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Neue Heimat — New 

           Homeland: Europäischer Architekturfotografie-Preis

2008  FOAM, Amsterdam, The Living Other

2006  World Press Photo

2006  Customs House, Sydney, Australia, Dutch Decade: Photography from The Netherlands

2005  Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands, Traces & Omens

2004  State Museum of the Political History of Russia, St. Petersburg, Warzone - 

           Dutch Photographers and International Conflicts

2003  Melkweg Galerie, Amsterdam, Duister

2002  The Netherlands Photo Institute, Rotterdam, Brandhaarden - Warzone

Awards & Nominations
- Prix Pictet 2016 Space, Nomination Metropolis    
- LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2015, 1st prize Metropolis
- Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2013, Nomination The Eyes of War
- World Press Photo 2011, 1st prize Daily Life Stories Metropolis
- Sony World Photography Awards 2011, Nomination The Eyes of War
- Prix Pictet 2010 Growth, Nomination Metropolis

- Photo District News, USA, Notable Photo Books of 2010 Relics of the Cold War

- Daylight/ CDS Photo Awards 2010, USA, Project Prize: Honorable Mention Relics of the Cold War

- Daylight/ CDS Photo Awards 2010, USA, Work-in-Process Prize: Juror Pick Metropolis

- European Prize of Architectural Photography 2009, Commendation Metropolis

- Bouw in Beeld Prijs 2009, The Netherlands, Finalist 

- World Press Photo 2006: 2nd prize Portraits Stories The Never-Ending War


Books with contributions by Roemers

- Mexico Megalopolis, Lannoo (Tielt, 2016)

- Modern Times, Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam 2014)

- Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age, Noorderlicht (Groningen, 2011)

- Visions of Earth, National Geographic (Washington, 2011)

- Prix Pictet - Growth, teNeues (Kempen, 2011)

- Warzone, Noorderlicht (Groningen, 2010)

Tilt, Breda Photo (Breda, 2010)

- New Homeland/ Neue Heimat, Architekturbild (Stuttgart 2009)

- Al Manakh, Archis (Amsterdam, 2007)

- Traces & Omens, Noorderlicht (Groningen, 2005)

- Document Nederland, Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, 2005)




- National Geographic Magazine (US), Metropolis - Martin Roemers, March 2017

- National Public Radio (US), This Photographer Captures A Megacity's Vibe In A Single Photo –
  Malaka Gharib, online, Feb. 18, 2017    
- Indian Express (IN), People Over Places. Netherlands-based photographer Martin Roemers

  captures the energy and speed of megacities - Dhvani Chhaya, May 7, 2016
- Cees Nooteboom - Wat het oog je vertelt. Essay: Het onzichtbare gezien: over het werk van
  Martin Roemers
, De Bezige Bij (NL), ISBN: 9789023498131, 2016

- Reponses Photo (FR), Le tourbillon de la ville – Carine Dolek, May 2016

- NRC Handelsblad (NL), Restanten van de Koude Oorlog – Juurd Eijsvoogel, Apr. 29, 2016

- Deutsche Welle (DE), ‘A Disneyland of the Cold War': How Martin Roemers photographed the war  

  that never happened (online) - Sarah Judith Hofmann, March 2016

- Spiegel Online (DE), "Metropolis": Der Flow der Megastädte – Gunda Schwantje, March 2016

- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (DE), Wahnbilder einer versunkenen Epoche - Andreas Kilb, March

  14, 2016

- Geo (FR), Marées urbaines – Jean Christoph Servant, Feb. 2016

- NRC Handelsblad (NL), Metropolis: chaos megasteden voelbaar - Tracy Metz, Jan. 19, 2016

- The Independent on Sunday, The New Review (UK), Roadshow – Rachael Pells, Jan. 10, 2016

- Photonews (DE), Der Fotograf Martin Roemers - Gunda Schwantje, Jan. 2016


- European Photography (DE), Urbanics - The Contemporary City - Andreas Mueller Pohle, #98, 2015

- Vrij Nederland (NL), De energie van de stad ­- Pieter Groet, Oct. 31, 2015

- Lensculture, Interview - Jim Casper, Oct. 2015


- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (DE), Blinde Blicke - Andreas Kilb, Oct. 6, 2014

- Maclean’s Magazine (CA), Bunker Mentality – Julia Laurentiis Johnson, Oct. 6, 2014

- Geo (DE), Der Rhytmus in Metropolis - Juergen Schaeffer, Sept. 2014

- Afterimage (US), Martin Roemers: Eyes of War – Sarah Goodrum, #4 2014

- Collector Daily (US), Martin Roemers, Relics of the Cold War @Anastasia Photo - Loring Knoblauch

  July, 30, 2014

- Slate Magazine (US), The Cold War May Be Over, but Its Decaying Relics Can Be Found All Over – 

  Jordan G. Teicher, July 21, 2014


- The New York Times (US), The Bustle and the Blur - Liz Robbins, July 28, 2013
- NRC Weekend (NL), Jonge Meesters (Young Masters) - selected by Wim Pijbes, p. 36-43, Apr. 13, 2013

- The Wall Street Journal (US), Collector’s Eye: Anthony Terrana. A Periodontist's Photographic 

  Passion – Ellen Gamerman, March 30, 2013


- la Repubblica Velvet (IT), Caos City - Giovanni N. Ciullo, Oct. 2012

- The New Yorker (US), Martin Roemers’s Swirling Megacities – James Pomerantz, (online) September 18, 2012

- The New Yorker (US), Goings On About Town - Martin Roemers, Apr. 2, 2012

- La Lettre de la Photographie, Martin Roemers Metropolis - Jonas Cuénin, Apr. 10, 2012

- The New York Photo Review (US), Urban Speed – Ed Barnas, Apr. 18, 2012

- Conscientious (US), Review: The Eyes of War by Martin Roemers - Joerg Colberg, June 21, 2012

- Conscientious (US), Meditations on Photographs: Frederick Lennart Bentley by Martin Roemers – 

  Joerg Colberg, June 26, 2012

- The New York Times (US), Sunday Review. Living in The New Metropolis ­- Martin Roemers, May 6, 2012


- Newsweek (US), Hello, Seven Billion - Martin Roemers, ­November 7, 2011

- The Guardian Weekend (UK), Kolkata by Martin Roemers – Phil Daoust, May 21, 2011

- The Wall Street Journal (US), The Beauty and Brutality of Images That Reach Far Beyond the 

  Headlines – Joell Weickgenant, May 13, 2011


- Photo District News (US), Notable Photo Books of 2010, Nov. 2010

- Geo Histoire (FR), La rouiille a eu le dernier mot, Jean Christoph Servant, Nov 2010

- Soura Magazine (AE) Relics of the Cold War, Summer 2010

- Conscientious (US), Review: Relics of the Cold War by Martin Roemers - Joerg Colberg, July 2, 2010

- Gup Magazine (NL), Metropolis, #24, 2010

- Vrij Nederland (NL), De ogen van de oorlog – Martin Roemers, June 26, 2010

- Images (FR), Memory Lands - Hadrien Le Gray, May 2010

- El Pais Semanal (SP), Restos de una guerra muy fria - Lola Huete Machado, Apr. 18, 2010

- Neue Zuercher Zeitung am Sonntag (CH), Pop Art Auf beiden Seiten des Eisernen Vorhang – Gerhard Mack, Jan. 31, 2010


- NRC Handelsblad (NL), De beste boeken van 2009 - Marianne Vermeijden, Dec. 18, 2009

- Spiegel Online (DE), Das blieb vom Wettruesten uebrig – Christian Teevs, Nov. 29, 2009

- Financial Times Magazine (UK), Darkness visible - Sue Norris, Nov. 14, 2009

- Der Spiegel (DE), Bunkermentalitaet, #51, 2009

- Huffingtonpost (US), Martin Roemers’ ‘The Eyes Of War’ Provides Striking Photographs Of Those 

  Blinded In World War II, July 21, 2009

- The Wall Street Journal (US), The Little Car That Could (Sort Of): a Trabant Tribute - J.S. Marcus, 

  Apr. 24, 2009

- Newsweek (JP), The Cold Thaw, Apr. 15, 2009


- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (DE), Der Trabant wird 50 - Frank Pergande, Nov. 7, 2007

- D la Repubblica (IT), La guerra (fredda) dell’oblio - Stephan Theil, Feb. 24, 2007


- ‘M’ NRC Handelsblad (NL), Kerkhof van de Koude Oorlog ­- H.J.A. Hofland, Nov. 6, 2006

- Izvestia (RU), Vyzhit’ i dozhit’ (Survive and live), May 6, 2006


- Volkskrant (NL), Op de huid van oorlogsveteranen – Merel Bem, Sep. 29, 2005

- Foto8 (UK), Relics - Jon Levy, March 2006

- International Herald Tribune (US), Portfolio - The Never-Ending War, May 9, 2005

- Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (DE), Als der Krieg ans Ende kam, May 8, 2005

- Eyemazing (NL), Martin Roemers, The Never-Ending War - Tyler Whisnand, #8, 2005


- Zoom (IT), Martin Roemers - Rosanna Checchi, Sep. 2004



- TVP Telewizja Polska, Poland 2016

- RBB Kulturradio, Germany 2016,

- Abendschau, RBB TV, Germany 2016

- Télématin, France 2 TV, France 2016

- Bureau Buitenland, VPRO Radio, Netherlands 2015

- W Radio, Colombia 2014

- ARD Kulturradio, Germany 2014

- Deutschlandradio Kultur, Germany 2014

- RBB Kulturradio, Germany 2014

- De Avonden, VPRO Radio, Netherlands 2012

- Oba Live, IKON Radio, Netherlands 2011

- Arts.21, Deutsche Welle TV, Germany 2010

- Artour, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk TV, Germany 2010

- Met het oog op morgen, NOS Radio, Netherlands 2009

- De Avonden, VPRO Radio, Netherlands 2009

- Kunststof, NPS Radio, Netherlands 2009



- Mondriaan Fund

- Fonds Anna Cornelis

- Stichting Sem Presser Archief

- Hendrik Muller Fonds

- Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten

- Democracy & Media Foundation


- India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2017

- East Wing, Dubai 2016
- German Historical Museum (DHM), Berlin 2016

- Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography, Amsterdam 2016

- Institut Néerlandais, Paris 2013
- Photoville, Brooklyn, New York 2013

- Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires 2013

- Moscow School of Photography & Multimedia, Moscow 2012

- World Press Photo, Diyarbakir, Turkey 2012

- Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands 2011

- Fundacion Pedro Mayer, Mexico City 2011

- World Press Photo, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam 2011

- Breda Photo, Breda, Netherlands 2010

- Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands 2005



- Acte2 Galerie, Paris

- Anastasia Photo, New York

- Torch Gallery, Amsterdam

- East Wing, Dubai



- Hatje Cantz, Berlin






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