Metropolis Press

Studies in Visual Arts and Communication – an international journal, Vol. 10 – Nr 1, 2023
The Spatiotemporal City: Unveiling Time and Space in Metropolis’

National Geographic Magazine (International Edition), March 2017
A Photographer’s Journal; Metropolis
“I’m fascinated that so many people can coexist in such crowded places. There’s never enough space. But there’s also a current of inventiveness, a sense of community.”

Prix Pictet: SpaceteNeues Publishers, 2017

Lens Culture Street Photography Awards, 2015
1st prize Metropolis

The New York Times, July 28, 2013
The Bustle and the Blur.
“An indelible image of New York.”

“Amid the chaos of Times Square, full of tourists and city buses and the blaring billboards, Mr. Roemers glimpsed a still, stunning moment one April afternoon.”

The New York Times, May 6, 2012
Living in the New Metropolis

Azu Nwagbogu
Introduction from the book Metropolis
Capturing the Impossible.
“Capturing the essence of the world’s megacities – in all their transience and intangibility – is a daunting task. This is not the job of a documentary photographer; rather what is required is artistic intervention. Each image captured in Metropolis is a work of art and is as close as it gets to understanding the mystifying paradoxes of megacities.”

Ricky Burdett
Introduction from the book Metropolis
Cities on the Move.
“His eye – and his camera’s long exposure time – engages with the dynamics of cities on the move, forcing us to literally slow down and dwell on the meaning of inhabiting the cities of the twenty-first century. The visual process has an intrinsic social value that transcends the art of photography. It allows us to get beneath the skin of the vast scale and intense speed of the new urban context, which is so diffcult to grasp ‘on the ground.’ The static images freeze the complex processes of urban dynamism and become hyper – real.”

National Public Radio (USA),  February 18, 2017
This Photographer Captures A Megacity’s Vibe In A Single Photo

Der Spiegel, March 2016
Der Flow der Megastädte
“Leben in Megastädten: Einer, der glänzend darüber erzählt in seinen Fotografien, ist der niederländische Fotokünstler Martin Roemers.”
Article (German)

France 2, Telematin, French public TV, February 5, 2016
Interview Metropolis

Photonews, January 2016
Der Fotograf Martin Roemers
Article (German)

NRC Handelsblad, January 19, 2016
“One is almost surprised that the photographs in the series Metropolis have no sound or smell, so intense is the experience they convey of what ‘global urbanisation’ actually means to those who are living it […] Every image is multi-layered: the longer you look, and the larger the print, the more you see.”
Article (Dutch)

Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography, 2015
Interview: Martin Roemers on ‘Metropolis’

European Photography, #98, 2015
Urbanics: The Contemporary City. Martin Roemers, Metropolis

GEO 09, 2014
Der Rhytmus in Metropolis
“Ich bin selbst immer wieder überrascht, wenn ich die großen Abzüge sehe“ 

The New York Photo Review, April 18, 2012
Urban Speed
“Abstract streams of vehicles and/or bodies flow sinuously around pockets of stasis, allowing the viewer to interpolate stories about these city dwellers–– that man standing so close to the train speeding past, all those vehicles stopped in the road surrounded by blurred bodies.”

World Press Photo, 2011
Daily Life, first prize stories

Prix Pictet: GrowthteNeues Publishers, 2011

Noorderlicht, 2011
Video Interview (Dutch)

The New Yorker, September 18, 2012
Martin Roemers’s Swirling Megacities
“Roemers created pictures that convey not only the mass and energy of megacities but also the humanity of the individuals living in them.”

The New Yorker, April 2, 2012
“A crush of citizens who appear as ghostly bits of fabric swirling around sidewalk venders’ displays like unharnessed energy.”


Newsweek, November 7, 2011
Hello, Seven Billion
“For all their chaos, big cities still have a sense of humanity. That’s what I want to reveal with these photographs – both the dynamic character of the city and the individual humans, the urban travelers, who call the metropolis home.”

Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2011
The Beauty and Brutality of Images That Reach Far Beyond the Headlines
“Martin Roemers’s colorful shots of street life in Mumbai bring to life the theme of humanity’s increasing urbanization.”

Jury Statement Daylight / CDS Photo Awards 2010
By Jamie Wellford
“Roemers is in the process of visually addressing the relationships of humanity to and within inherently complex megacities, in which there is ever-changing organic development evolving in both astonishing and horrendous ways. I think Roemers begins to create tableaux of stage settings, each in its own way a passion play in which life unfolds in myriad ways. There is a harmony in the chaos of these settings. The inanimate becomes animate. The large scope of the images still allows detail to congeal as part of a pulsating whole. The pictures tell us that the world is in the round, perceptible and felt in 360 degrees. These photographs begin to take us to places outside the frame where lives continue and the metropolis slowly rises and recedes, rises and recedes.”