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LVIV, LWOW, LEMBERG - While visiting Lviv for 6 days in oktober 2012 this city in the Western Ukrain had a strong impact on me. It is an extraordinary city with an impressive and dramatic history and still a beautiful urban structure. It is a city between beauty and drama. All this made me decide to start a photoproject about Lviv. I work together with Michiel Driebergen, journalist, and Kees van Ruyven, cityplanner. Michiel Driebergen will write an essay on the history of the inhabitants of Lviv. The city was polish before the war and was called Lwow then, the city was once a rich city in the Habsburg empire with many Jews inhabitants and was called Lemberg. Important focal point in this essay will be the issues of the “bloodlands” (Timothy Snyder), the fact that Lemberg / Lwow / Lviv has had to deal with both Hitler and Stalin. 2. The second essay will be about the city itself, its structure, its qualities by Kees van Ruyven 3. A third essay will be writen by Ruud Meij and is about corruption in Lviv / Oekraine and about the future of Lviv.
AROUND THE NORTH SEA - The photo book Around the North Sea was released in September 2012. It is published on my own account. 200 pages / 110 photos / 30x24 cm / hardcover edition / 1000 copies. Price: € 35,--. There was a lot of attention for this book in the Dutch paper `de Volkskrant` and in the Belgian paper `De Morgen`. In the Netherlands were several exhibitions, including the photo festival Naarden. See the website: See also: - (Search at bookstore – Dolph Kessler).
ART FAIRS - Since 2006 I have been taking photos for this subject in large museums and at important art fairs like Frieze Art Fair London, Art Cologne, Art Amsterdam, Art Dubai, Art Basel, etc. It resulted in two photobooks and some other projects, which are shown here.
POD PHOTO BOOKS - I think photos are best looked at in photo books. In this category you see a number of photo books printed on demand in a limited edition. See also: - (Search at bookstore – Dolph Kessler).
COMMISSIONED - An overview of projects made in commission for photo books and magazines.
TRAVEL - More of my travel photography can be seen at