Raoul Kramer

Motivated to gain a greater understanding of conflict, I lived in the Middle East from 2005-2007. As a photographer, I documented conflict in Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon, where I experienced how conflict-reportage uses iconography and emotion to influence public and political opinion, whether intentional or not. This made me consider how to communicate the situation in an honest and objective way, as well as expressing my own opinion. I was struck by this paradox. Is it possible to produce an objective image which lets the viewer draw their own conclusion? Is this possible when I have my own opinion? Why do I feel compelled to express myself about conflict at all? These reflections changed my approach to employ conceptual structures and experiment with different techniques.

Commenting on conflict, I investigate the role of honesty and objectivity through an inquiry into the nature of image-making. I explore whether photographic materials can make a precise visual copy of contemporary reality. Aware of their limitations in showing the context of reality, I experiment with other media such as text, GPS and video, to increase the representation of this context. My visual language is simplified by reducing subjective expression in order not to distract the viewer from the content. I believe this results in a more powerful statement. I want to encourage the viewer to draw their own conclusion. Ultimately, I hope to stimulate dialogue on contemporary society.




Raoul Kramer (NL, 1978)

2006 - 2007> Documentary photographer, Near East
2003 - 2004> SVGB traditional shoemaking, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
1997 - 2002> B.A. Design Academy, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Solo exhibitions
2011 > Traces of the Burma-Thailand Railway, Amstelveen
2011 > Traces of the Burma-Thailand Railway, Amsterdam Zuidoost
2010 > Traces of the Burma-Thailand Railway & book presentation Lost Track, Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork
2009> Traces of the Burma-Thailand Railway, Commemoration Day Burma-Thailand Railway in Bronbeek
2009 > Together/Apart (China), solo show, the Dialogues House ABN Amro , Amsterdam
2009 > Jewels and Joules, Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan (with Mike Roelofs)
2009 > Together/Apart (China), solo show, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam
2007 > War in Lebanon, Lux Theater, Nijmegen
2005 > North Iraq-series, Lux Theater, Nijmegen
2003 > Kinetic Autarkic Objects, Candy Weapons, Holster Bags and Justice Bat, Gallery Brouwershuis, Nijmegen

Group exhibitions
2011 > Lost Track, Dutch Doc Award 2011, Utrecht
2011> Video Ra'ed; Working on a final solution, at the exhibition Reality Check by Fotodok, Utrecht
2010 > Lost Track, at the Flash Forward Festival in Toronto by Self Publish, Be Happy
2010 > Equidistance Gaza | Israel, the National M.K. Čiurlionis Museum, Kaunas Photo Festival in Lithuania
2008 > Together/Apart, Affordable Art Fair, Arps Gallery, Amsterdam
2007 > Film Working on a final solution (with. Rens van Meegen), cinema Lux, Nijmegen
2006 > Sami (Palestine), Villa Lila, Nijmegen
2003 > Holster Bags, at the exhibition Lift Off, Eindhoven
2003 > Candy Weapons, Gallery Bart Kunst in Huis, Nijmegen.

2010> Lost Track, solo book about the Burma-Thailand Railway (edition: 1000)
2009 > Telling Tales catalogue Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2008> Together/Apart, independently published solo book (edition: 100)
2008> Design and the Elastic Mind, catalogue MoMa, New York

2011> Dutch Doc Award 2011, Jury Special Mention for Lost Track
2011> Grant by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst for the project Traces of the Burma-Thailand Railway
2009> Grant by Sem Presser Archief for the project Traces of the Burma-Thailand Railway
2009> Grant by het Fonds BKVB for the project The Legacy of War
2009> Grant by Stichting Herdenking Birma-Siam Spoorweg en Pakan Baroe Spoorweg for the project Traces of the Burma-Thailand Railway
2004> Nomination Fotogram Trophy, Amsterdam, for How Girls Behave series

2009> P/f Magazine, review series Making of Jewels (with Mike Roelofs)
2008> Daylight Magazine, review series Chinese beekeepers
2008> Credits Magazine, interview and portfolio review
2005> Radio interview Radio Gelderland, Arnhem: about my experience in North-Iraq
2005 > De Gelderlander, newspaper: about my experience in North-Iraq

2010 > Guest lecturer, the Masters Film and Photographic Studies, The Hague


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Raoul Kramer


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