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Erik Kessels

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Erik Kessels' list of achievements are extensive. He is best described as a curator and publisher who conceptualises vernacular photography but is also an artist that produces works using found photographs. Kessels is a founding partner and Creative Director of the highly successful and innovative advertising agency, KesselsKrammer which has been operating in Amsterdam since 1996. He has won numerous awards and and has designed, edited and published several books on vernacular photography through KesselsKramer Publishing – including the In Almost Every Picture Series, The Instant Men and Wonder. Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography.


Kessels' is noted for his particularly original curated exhibitions such as Album Beauty, Foam, Amsterdam, Loving Your Pictures, Centraal Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands and at Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles. He was one of the  2010 New York Photo Festival curators where he presented the exhibition Use Me Abuse Me.  In 2011 Kessels co-curated the Rencontres Arles manifesto exhibition From Here On.

Recent Exhibits

Erik Kessels participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016
The Photographers' Gallery
Aug, 2014 Secondhand
Pier 24 Photography
May, 2014 Big Bang Data
Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona
Apr, 2014 Slide Shows
Art Metropole
Aug, 2013 A Sense of Place
Pier 24 Photography
Jun, 2013 Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace
Victoria and Albert Museum
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