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.