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- Martin Roemers

Martin Roemers (1962, The Netherlands) is a travelling photographer documenting processes of cultural evolution. In Metropolis he exposes the often confronting contrasts between wealth and poverty and between ancient cultural habits and the forces of progress in contemporary megacities. The project is a report of his travels to cities with over 10 million citizens. He sought out a great number of these metropoles, ranging from New York City to Tokyo. He aims his lens at the interaction between the masses and the individual, and on those little moments of ritualistic silence in the turbulent dynamics of a overflowing cultural melting pot. He presents the reality of so many people living so closely together; the filth, the crowds, the inventiveness and an endlessly complex communtity.


The images from Metropolis contain all the visual aspects that can make these megacities so appealing; a ruthless bustle and some comforting anonimity, bright colours and compelling movements. These cities convey urgency in every waking moment. It can be a struggle to survive there, and progress trumps all. Martin Roemers expertly captures all these components with his trusty analogue camera. By cleverly playing with lengths of exposure he manages to direct the eye of the viewer to the unique characteristics of a city. Every metropole has his own colour palette, its own arrangment of cultural influences that makes it instantly recognizable to anyone who has visited them. Roemers finds beauty in poverty and decay but can appreciate displays of wealth and power just as much. He creates his images from an elevated standpoint with long exposure so he can capture the totality of movement that makes up a city. The amount of captured acts, impressions and gestures slows down time and allows for introspection.


Martin Roemers (1962) lives and works in Delft, The Netherlands. He studied photography at the AKI academy in Enschede, The Netherlands. His work is exhibited worldwide with recent hightlights including Metropolis at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai and Relics of the Cold War / Relikte des Kalten Krieges at the Deutsches Historisch Museum, Berlin. He is the two time recipient of the World Press Photo Award (2006, 2011) and received the Lens Culture Award for Metropolis in 2015. His work is represented by Acte2 gallery in Paris, Anastasia Photo in New York, East Wing in Dubai and by TORCH in Amsterdam.


Anillo de Circunvalacion, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico, 2013  
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Anillo de Circunvalacion, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico, 2013


Archival Pigment Print

125 x 160 cm / 55 x 70 cm

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Fort, Mumbai, India, 2007

Madan Street and Lenin Sarani, Chandni Chowk, Kolkata, India, 2008

Huan Shi Road, Yue Xiu District, Guangzhou, China, 2012

Shang Xiajiu Road, Li Wan District, Guangzhou, China, 2012

Tejgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2011

Plaza de Mayo, Barrio de Monserrat, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA, 2013

Anillo de Circunvalacion, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico, 2013

7th Avenue, Manhattan, New York, USA, 2014

Mauripur Road, Machar Colony, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011