Dutch artist, Martin Roemers has been documenting the dramatic impact humanity has made on the globe for over 20 years. From his early series, “The Relics of the Cold War,” “Kabul,” and “The Eyes of War,” he studied issues of conflict and the tools of warfare. More recently in his largest project to date, “Metropolis” (2007 – 2015), Roemers moved on, indulging his fascination for the world’s megacities, attempting to capture the tangible energy, chaos and tumult of cities where more than ten million people live, work, and survive.

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  • Kabul portraits
  • Relics of the Future
  • Relics of the Cold War
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Martin Roemers is a Dutch artist and photographer. He studied at the AKI Academy of Visual Arts in Enschede, the Netherlands. For many years he has worked on long-term projects that result in exhibitions and companion books such as; Relics of the Cold War, Kabul, The Eyes of War and Metropolis, an exploration of the world’s megacities. His most recent project, Relics of the Future, explores the symbiosis between a vehicle and its user in different regions across the world, illustrated in a time line that runs from the handcart to the electric car. Roemers’ work has been exhibited throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

Roemers photographs have been acquired by prominent public, corporate and private collections, among them the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Ford Foundation in New York and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. He has published eight monographs and received two World Press Photo Awards, along with a number of other prizes. Interviews and reviews about Roemers’ work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and many other publications.


(solo) The Wende Museum, Los Angeles, Relics of the Cold War 
MAST, Bologna, The MAST Collection. A visual alphabet of industry, work and technology

Photo Festival Paraty em Foco, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Metropolis
The Wende Museum, Los Angeles, Relics of the Cold War (preview to solo exhibit in 2022

(solo) Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, Netherlands, Relics of the Cold War
Photo Festival Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, North Carolina
Militärhistorisches Museum Berlin-Gatow, Berlin, Remnants of the War (1942–1945)
Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands, City Life. People & the Urban Reality
House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany (Haus der Geschichte), Bonn,
Leukoplastbomber und Ampelmännchen

(solo) Erasmus Huis, Embassy of the Netherlands, Jakarta, Indonesia, Metropolis
(solo) Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig, Germany, Relics of the Cold War
State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad, India, (screening) Indian Photofest
Photo Festival Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, North Carolina
Jeonju Photography Festival, Jeonju, South Korea
Guler Sanat Gallery, Ankara, Turkey, A Turkish Breeze through a Dutch frame
Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Through the Looking Glass

(solo) Drents Museum, Assen, Netherlands, Kabul Portraits
(solo) Asian Library, University of Leiden, Netherlands, Metropolis
(solo) Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago, Metropolis
(solo) House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany (Haus der Geschichte), Bonn, Relics of the Cold War 
Austrian Cultural Forum Rome, Rome, Italy, Obiettivo Pace – The Alfred Fried Photography Award
House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany, Street. Life. Photography. Seven Decades of Street Photography 
Royal DSM, Art Collection, Sittard, Netherlands, New Acquisitions: Metropolis

(solo) India Habitat Centre – Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, Metropolis 
(solo) Anastasia Photo Gallery, New York City, Metropolis
(solo) Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Netherlands, Metropolis 
(solo) University Library, Leiden, Netherlands, New Acquisitions: Urban Jungle. Megacities in Asia
Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands, Wonderkamers 
DongGang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol, South Korea, Metropolis 
Art Central, Hong Kong (Art Fair)
YIP Art, Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (Art Auction)

(solo) Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), Berlin, Relics of the Cold War
(solo) Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Metropolis 
(solo) Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai, Metropolis
(solo) Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, Metropolis
(solo) East Wing Gallery, Dubai, Metropolis
PhotoEast, Suffolk, UK, The Eyes of War
Biennial of Photography, Knokke-Heist, Belgium, Mexico Megalopolis 
Art Miami, Miami (Art Fair)
Amsterdam Art Fair, Amsterdam
Cetin Emec Art Gallerie, Izmir, Turkey, A Turkish Breeze through a Dutch frame

(solo)  Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, The Eyes of War
Acte2 Galerie, Paris, Urban Dreams
Angkor Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia (screening), Metropolis

(solo) Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), Berlin, The Eyes of War
(solo) Anastasia Photo Gallery, New York, Relics of the Cold War
(solo) Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, preview Metropolis
Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan, France (screening)
Bursa Fotofest, Bursa, Turkey, The Never-Ending War
Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta, St. Petersburg, Russia, Under Cover

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris (Art Fair), Metropolis
Photoville, New York, Metropolis
The Empty Quarter, Dubai, Metropolis
Somerset House, London, Syngenta Photography Award
Art Rotterdam (Art Fair), Metropolis
European Architectural Photography Prizes, Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, Germany (C)
Photofestival Naarden, Netherlands, 30 jaar Pf

(solo) Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands, The Eyes of War
(solo) Anastasia Photo Gallery, New York City, Metropolis
Rencontres d’Arles, France, Metropolis (screening)
Photoville, Dumbo Arts Center, New York City, Let’s face it
MOTI museum, Breda, Netherlands, Rollercoaster

Museum of Estonian Architecture, Talinn, Estonia, Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age 
The Empty Quarter, Dubai, Metropolis 2.0
Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands, Metropolis – City Life in the Urban Age 
Sony World Photography Festival 2011, London, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sao Paulo
World Press Photo, worldwide
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands, Summer Exhibition 
Photofestival Naarden, Naarden, Netherlands, Let’s face it

(solo) Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany, Trabant – The Final Days of Production
(solo) Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, Relics of the Cold War
Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies, Durham NC, USA, Daylight Awards 
Breda Photo, Breda, Netherlands, Tilt 
Noorderlicht Photofestival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Warzone 
State Chancellery, Dresden, Germany, Sachsen
Elders. Idylle en frictie in het landschap, Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands 

(solo) Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin, Relics of the Cold War 
(solo) Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands, A tribute to the Trabant
(solo) Legermuseum, Delft, Netherlands, Cold War Graveyard
(solo) Stadt- und Industriemuseum Rüsselsheim, Germany, Trabant – The Final Days of Production
Stadtmuseum Berlin, Ephraim-Palais, Berlin, Fallmauerfall | 61 – 89 – 09 Grenzueberschreitung und Grenzerfahrung im Spiegel der Kunst
Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands, Gimme Shelter—Bouw in Beeldprijs 
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (German Architecture Museum) Frankfurt, New Homeland 
The Hague Museum for Photography, Netherlands, Zilveren Camera 

(solo) Sächsisches Industriemuseum, Chemnitz, Germany, Trabant – The Final Days of Production
FOAM, Amsterdam, The Living Other

(solo) Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands, The Never-Ending War
(solo) Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, Trabant – The Final Days of Production 

World Press Photo, worldwide
Customs House, Sydney, Australia, Dutch Decade: Photography from The Netherlands

(solo) Legermuseum, Delft, Netherlands, New Acquisitions: The Never-Ending War 
Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands, Traces & Omens 

State Museum of the Political History of Russia, St. Petersburg, Warzone — Dutch Photographers and International Conflicts

(solo) Legermuseum, Delft, Netherlands, Kabul 

The Netherlands Photo Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Brandhaarden / Warzone

(solo) Noorderlicht Gallery, Groningen, Netherlands, Between Hostile Neighbours

(solo) Legermuseum, Delft, Netherlands, Tussen Vijandige Buren / Between Hostile Neighbours 


Mondriaan Fund (Stipend for Established Artists / Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent, 2021-2024)
Fonds Anna Cornelis
Stichting Sem Presser Archief
Hendrik Muller Fonds
Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten
EFL Stichting
Stichting Stokroos
Democracy & Media Foundation