Curriculum Vitae


Martin Roemers

Oldehove, The Netherlands, 1962

AKI, Academy of Fine Arts, Enschede, The Netherlands

– Anastasia Photo Gallery, New York City
– East Wing Gallery, Doha

Books (Monographs)  
Relics of the Cold War / Iconen van de Koude Oorlog (updated reprint), Waanders Publishers (Netherlands, 2020)
Metropolis, Hatje Cantz (Germany, 2015)
The Eyes of War, Hatje Cantz (Germany, 2012)
Relics of the Cold War, Hatje Cantz (Germany, 2009)
Trabant. The Final Days of Production, Wasmuth Verlag (Germany, 2007)
The Never-Ending War / De eindeloze oorlog; QV Publishers  (Netherlands, 2005)
Kabul, Legermuseum (Netherlands, 2003)
Tussen vijandige buren, Mets & Schilt Publishers (Netherlands, 2000)
De laatste lichting / The last batch, Het Apollohuis (Netherlands, 1996)

Museum Collections   
– The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
– Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
– Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography, Amsterdam
– Drents Museum, Assen, Netherlands
– Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, Netherlands
– Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands
– National Military Museum, Soesterberg, Netherlands
– Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), Berlin
– Haus der Geschichte (House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany), Bonn
– Sächsisches Industriemuseum, Chemnitz, Germany
– Stadtmuseum Berlin, Berlin
– Fondazione MAST, Bologna, Italy

Public and Corporate Collections  (Selected)
– Ford Foundation, Art Collection, New York, NY
– World Resources Institute, Washington DC
– Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Art Collection, The Hague, Netherlands
– Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Hague, Netherlands
– Royal DSM, Art Collection, Heerlen, Netherlands
– University of Leiden, Photography Collection, Leiden, Netherlands
– Embassy of the Netherlands in Brasilia, Brasil
– Embassy of the Netherlands in Havana, Cuba
– Erasmus Huis, Jakarta, Indonesia

Awards & Nominations (Selected)
C = Catalogue
– Prix Pictet 2016 Space, Nomination for Metropolis (longlist). Included in catalogue (C)
– DutchCulture Buitengaats 2016. The Netherlands Cultural Export. The most exhibited Photographers outside The Netherlands: 1. Erwin Olaf, 2. Martin Roemers, 3. Rineke Dijkstra
– LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2015, 1st prize Metropolis (C)
– World Press Photo 2011: 1st prize Daily Life Stories Metropolis (C)
– Prix Pictet 2010 Growth, Nomination for Metropolis (longlist). Included in catalogue (C)
– World Press Photo 2006: 2nd prize Portraits Stories The Never-Ending War (C)

Exhibitions (Selected)
C = Catalogue
2022  (solo) The Wende Museum, Los Angeles, Relics of the Cold War (C)
2022  Fondazione MAST, Bologna, The MAST Collection. A visual alphabet of industry, work and technology
2021  Photo Festival Paraty em Foco, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Metropolis
2021  (preview to solo exhibition in 2022) Wende Museum, Culver City, Los Angeles, Relics of the Cold War
2021  Photo Festival Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, North Carolina (C)
2020  (solo) Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, Netherlands, Relics of the Cold War (C)
2020  Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands, City Life. People & the Urban Reality
2020  Militärhistorisches Museum Berlin-Gatow, Berlin, Remnants of the War (1942–1945) (C)
2019  (solo) Erasmus Huis, Embassy of the Netherlands, Jakarta, Indonesia, Metropolis
2019  (solo) Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig, Germany, Relics of the Cold War
2018  (solo) Asian Library, University of Leiden, Netherlands, Metropolis 
2018  Austrian Cultural Forum Rome, Rome, Italy, The Alfred Fried Photography Award
2018  House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany, Street. Life. Photography. Seven Decades of Street Photography (C)
2018  (solo) Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago, Metropolis 
2018  (solo) House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany (Haus der Geschichte), Bonn, Relics of the Cold War 
2018  (solo) Drents Museum, Assen, Netherlands, Kabul Portraits
2017  (solo) Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Netherlands, Metropolis 
2017  (solo) University Library, Leiden, Netherlands, New Acquisitions: Urban Jungle. Megacities in Asia
2017  Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands, Wonderkamers
2017  DongGang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol, South Korea, Metropolis (C)
2017  Art Central, Hong Kong (Art Fair)
2017  (solo) India Habitat Centre – Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, Metropolis 
2017  (solo) Anastasia Photo Gallery, New York City, Metropolis 
2016  (solo) Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Metropolis
2016  (solo) German Historical Museum (DHM), Berlin, Relics of the Cold War
2016  (solo) Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai, Metropolis
2016  Biennial of Photography, Knokke-Heist, Belgium, Mexico Megalopolis (C)
2016  (solo) Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Metropolis (C)
2016  Art Miami, Miami (Art Fair)
2016  (solo) East Wing Gallery, Dubai, Metropolis
2015  (solo)  Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, The Eyes of War
2015  Acte2 Galerie, Paris, Urban Dreams
2014  (solo) Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, The Eyes of War
2014  (solo) Anastasia Photo Gallery, New York City, Relics of the Cold War
2013  Paris Photo, Paris (Art Fair)
2013  Photoville, New York City
2013  Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Art Fair)
2013  The Empty Quarter, Dubai, Metropolis
2012  (solo) Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands, The Eyes of War (C)
2011  World Press Photo, worldwide (C)
2011  The Empty Quarter, Dubai, Metropolis 2.0
2011  Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands, Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age (C)
2010  (solo) Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Relics of the Cold War 
2010  (solo) Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany, Trabant – The Final Days of Production
2010  Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies, Durham NC, USA, Daylight Awards 
2010  Breda Photo, Breda, Netherlands, Tilt (C)
2009  (solo) Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin, Relics of the Cold War (C)
2009  (solo) Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands, A tribute to the Trabant
2009  Stadtmuseum Berlin, Ephraim-Palais, Berlin, Fallmauerfall | 61 – 89 – 09 Grenzueberschreitung und Grenzerfahrung im Spiegel der Kunst (C)
2009  Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands, Gimme Shelter (C)
2009  Deutsches Architekturmuseum (German Architecture Museum), Frankfurt, New Homeland (C)

Photo series in printed media (Selected)
– National Geographic Magazine (International Edition)
– The New York Times (US)
– Time Magazine (US)
– Newsweek (US)
– Financial Times Magazine (UK)
– Foto8 (UK)
– Newsweek (Japan)
– Art Journal (India)
– La Nacion Revista (Argentina)
– Life Magazine (China)
– Soura Magazine (United Arab Emirates)
– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)
– Geo (Germany)
Geo Histoire (France)
El Pais Magazine (Spain)
– Helsinki Times (Finland)
– Eyemazing (Netherlands)
– Gup Magazine (Netherlands),
– Volkskrant Magazine (Netherlands)
– Vrij Nederland (Netherlands)
– NRC (Netherlands)
– la Repubblica Velvet (Italy)
– D la Repubblica (Italy)
– Zoom (Italy)
– Du Kulturmagazin (Switzerland)
– NZZ Folio (Switzerland)
– Esquire (Russia)

Bibliography (Selected)
A critical curation of 100 essential photos (book), Gemma Padley, Ivy Press (UK, 2021)
– FD Persoonlijk (Netherlands), Op missie, Jeroen Bos, p. 38-43, Sept. 11, 2021
– FD Persoonlijk (Netherlands), Resten van de Koude Oorlog, Jeroen Bos, p. 36-41, Jan. 18, 2020
– Trouw (Netherlands), Een oorlog die koud bleef, Christine Baart, p.32-33, Feb. 15, 2020
– The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), Beauty amid chaos: Martin Roemers dissects world’s megacities, Teddy Hans, p. 20, July 10, 2019
– Art Journal-Visual Arts Gallery (India), Metropolis, p. 88-95, Vol. 14, 2019
– Deichtorhallen Hamburg: Street. Life. Photography. Seven Decades of Street Photography (book), Sabine Schnakenberg, Kehrer Publishers (Germany, 2018)
– NZZ Folio (Switzerland), Im Sog der Städte, P. 44-51, #3, 2019
– Museumsmagazin (Germany), Neue Ausstellung mit Fotografien von Martin Roemers in Leipzig. Steng geheim!, Robert Rösler, p. 26, 27; #1-2019
– Volume/Archis (Netherlands), Crossing – Martin Roemers, p. 40-47, #53, 2018
– Museumsmagazin (Germany), Relikte des Kalten Krieges Fotografien von Martin Roemers, Dr. Thorsten Smidt, p. 6-11; #2-2018
– Life Magazine (China), Growing City, YT Wong; p. 12-16, 20-24, 26-33, 36-41, Sep. 2017
Rijksmuseum Studies in Photography. Document Nederland (book), Rijksmuseum, Rixt A. Bosma (Netherlands, 2017)
– Prix Pictet: Space (book), teNeues Publishers (Germany, 2017)
– National Geographic Magazine (international edition), A Photographer’s Journal; Metropolis, Martin Roemers; p. 120-129, March 2017
– National Public Radio (USA), This Photographer Captures A Megacity’s Vibe In A Single Photo, Malaka Gharib; online, Feb. 18, 2017
– The Statesman (India), Captured in Motion, Sarah Berry; March 2, 2017
– The National (Dubai), How Dutch photographer Martin Roemers captures city life in a single snap, Anna Seaman; Sep. 26, 2016
– El Pais Magazine (Spain), Aquí no hay sitio para nadie; p. 38-43, Aug. 14, 2016
– NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), Metropolis: chaos megasteden voelbaar, Tracy Metz; Jan. 19, 2016
– Cees Nooteboom, Wat het oog je vertelt.  Essay: Het onzichtbare gezien: over het werk van Martin Roemers (book); p. 432-436, De Bezige Bij Publishers (Netherlands, 2016)
– La Repubblica (Italy), Guerra freda il muro delle macerie, Marco Belpoliti; p. 28-29, July 20, 2016
– Indian Express (India), People Over Places. Netherlands-based photographer Martin Roemers captures the energy and speed of megacities, Dhvani Chhaya; May 7, 2016
– Réponses Photo (France), Le tourbillon de la ville, Carine Dolek; p. 82-90, May 2016
– NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), Restanten van de Koude Oorlog, Juurd Eijsvoogel; p. 10-11, Apr. 29, 2016
– Deutsche Welle (Germany), ‘A Disneyland of the Cold War’: How Martin Roemers photographed the war that never happened (online), Sarah Judith Hofmann; March 2016
– Spiegel Online (Germany), “Metropolis”: Der Flow der Megastädte, Gunda Schwantje; March 2016
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Wahnbilder einer versunkenen Epoche, Andreas Kilb; March 14, 2016
– Berliner Zeitung (Germany), Ein fliegender Bunker, Martin Roemers Fotoserie im Deutschen Historischen Museum, Susanne Lenz; March 7, 2016
– Du Kulturmagazin (Switzerland), Martin Roemers: Metropolis, Ute Noll; p. 18-21, Feb. 2016
– Geo (France), Marées urbaines, Jean Christoph Servant; p. 48-59, Feb. 2016
– NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), Metropolis: chaos megasteden voelbaar, Tracy Metz; Jan. 19, 2016
– The Independent on Sunday (UK), The New Review, Road show, Rachael Pells; p. 8-9, Jan. 10, 2016
– Photonews (Germany), Der Fotograf Martin Roemers, Gunda Schwantje; p. 14-15, Jan. 2016
– European Photography (Germany), Urbanics. The Contemporary City, Andreas Mueller Pohle; p. 44-47, #98, 2015
– Rijksmuseum: Modern Times (book), Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom  (Netherlands, 2014)
– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), Blinde Blicke, Andreas Kilb; Oct. 6, 2014
– Geo (Germany), Der Rhytmus in Metropolis, Juergen Schaeffer; p. 114-121, Sept. 2014
– The New York Times (USA), The Bustle and the Blur, Liz Robbins; July 28, 2013
– NRC DeLUXE (Netherlands), Jonge Meesters, (“Young Masters” selected by Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes); p. 36-43, Apr. 13, 2013
– The Wall Street Journal (USA), Collector’s Eye: Anthony Terrana, Ellen Gamerman; March 30, 2013
– The New Yorker (USA), Photobooth: Martin Roemers’s Swirling Megacities, James Pomerantz; Sept. 18, 2012
– The New Yorker (USA), Goings On About Town: Martin Roemers; Apr. 2, 2012
– The New York Photo Review (USA), Urban Speed, Ed Barnas; Apr. 18, 2012
– Conscientious (USA), Review: The Eyes of War by Martin Roemers, Joerg Colberg; June 21, 2012
– The New York Times (USA), Sunday Review. Living in The New Metropolis, Martin Roemers; May 6, 2012
Prix Pictet: Growth (book), teNeues Publishers (Germany, 2011)
– National Geographic: Visions of Earth (book), Susan Tyler Hitchcock (USA, 2011)
– Newsweek (USA), Hello, Seven Billion, Martin Roemers; p. 30-35, ­Nov. 7, 2011
– The Wall Street Journal (USA), The Beauty and Brutality of Images That Reach Far Beyond the Headlines, Joell Weickgenant; May 13, 2011
– Photo District News (USA), Notable Books 2010: Relics of the Cold War – Martin Roemers, Holly Hughes; Nov. 19, 2010
– Financial Times Magazine (UK), Darkness visible, Sue Norris; p. 22-27, Nov. 14, 2009
– The Wall Street Journal (USA), The Little Car That Could (Sort Of): a Trabant Tribute, J.S. Marcus; Apr. 24, 2009

Martin Roemers’ projects, books and exhibitions are published in the print media worldwide, distributed by:
– Panos Pictures, London
– Laif, Cologne
– Hollandse Hoogte, The Hague
– Luz, Milan

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