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Bad Karma for Good Karma

`The photos I took of him, and many other photos like them, have sucked the life from me.┬┤ (From the award winning book Room 103, p.50, 2010)

With this one devastating sentence, Dutch photographer Jeroen Robert Kramer, expresses how he feels about working in war zones. His keen interest in what was happening in the world drove him in 2000 to start recording conflict in the Middle East and Africa. He acted as a silent translator of public yet intimate moments in the lives of  Syrians, Lebanese, Kenyans, Yemenites and many others. The work included the inevitable violence of war but wherever possible reached into the shadows where people were sheltering and were staring out, showing both trepidation and a measure of hope.

In collaboration with Huis Marseille museum of photography.


The violence and war exacted a heavy toll on Kramer and he decided in recent years on a radical change of direction. He now offers the proceeds from the sale of his whole oeuvre of conflict photography in the service of a cause: The financial rescue of AAP-Lab (Amsterdam Analogue Printing) where so many of Kramer’s pictures are printed.


peterAt a presentation of his photos at NRC, Kramer will talk about events that made a lasting impression on him and about the circumstances under which he produced these deeply perceptive images. The presentation will be followed by an interview on stage during which the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions.

The photos will be on sale at the presentation and can also be ordered from the Aap lab temporary shop.

Jeroen Robert Kramer (b. 1967) currently lives and works in Lebanon. He grew up in Amsterdam before moving to France when he was 19 to study French literature and art. He worked as a documentary and press photographer in the Middle East from 2000 on, and his work has featured in among others The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Photo Festival and MACRO, Rome. In 2010, he won the very first Dutch Doc Award for his project Room 103.

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