​Dolph Kessler (Amsterdam, 1950-) pratique la photographie documentaire depuis 2005. Avant de devenir photographe en suivant les cours de la Fotoacademie d’Amsterdam de 2003 à 2006, Dolph Kessler a étudié l'urbanisme à l'Université de Technologie de Delft et a d’abord travaillé comme urbaniste régional pour la province du Friesland (1976-1982), puis est devenu conseiller municipal pour la ville de Leeuwarden (1982-1991) tout en donnant des conférences sur l’urbanisme jusqu’en 2003 à travers le monde. Il vit actuellement dans le Friesland au nord des Pays-Bas.

Ses photographies sont régulièrement publiées dans la presse néerlandaise. Il se revendique photographe de “la condition humaine“ (l'homme moderne dans le contexte social et culturel d'aujourd'hui), et considère ses images comme des photographies de paysage.

En parallèle, il a créé sa propre maison d’édition : Mauritsheech Publishers publiant principalement des livres en édition limitée.

- RDM, de laatste dagen van een Rotterdamse fabriek (2006)
(RDM, les derniers jours de l’usine de Rotterdam)

- Tristan da Cunha (2007)

- Palingvissers and Palingrokers (2007)
(Pêcheurs et fumeurs d'anguilles)

- South Atlantic Ocean (2008)

- Remedios, a small Cuban town (2009)

- Een leven lang kunst (2011)
(Un amour perpétuel pour l’art)

- Lviv, city of paradoxes (2014)


En 2009 il publie également Art Fairs (éditions Jonge Hond Publishers), une compilation de photographies prises pendant trois ans durant les foires d’art internationales les plus importantes. Cet ouvrage remporta le premier prix de Zilveren Camera en 2009. En 2013 il publie un second livre sur les foires d’art intitulé Art Fairs Revisted. En 2012, il publie Around the North Sea.

Pendant 5 ans il a mené un travail d’investigation sur les côtes de la Mer du Nord en Europe (Pays-Bas, l'Allemagne, Danemark, Norvège, Îles Shetland, Écosse, Angleterre et Belgique).

À propos de ce livre, Hans den Hartog Jager (critique) écrit : “Le travail de Dolph Kessler renferme un remarquable pouvoir. Il aime montrer, sans jugement, quel genre d’intervention réalise l’homme dans le paysage. Pas seulement en tant qu’individu mais également en tant qu’espèce : l'homme pliant le paysage à sa volonté, essayant d’entrer en communication avec la nature, et de la contrôler."

Dolph Kessler est inspiré par des photographes travaillant dans la tradition de la Nouvelle Topographie comme les américains Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfield et Nicholas Nixon et les Européens comme Rob Hornstra, Mark Power et Simon Roberts pour n’en nommer que quelquesuns


 Biography

Dolph Kessler (Amsterdam, 1950) has been a documentary photographer since 2005. He studied urbanism at Delft University of Technology and presently lives in Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. He worked as a regional planner for the province of Friesland (1976-1982), as a municipal councillor for the town of Leeuwarden (1982-1991) and organized study tours (1995- 2003). From 2003-2006 he studied at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam. He is now a professional photographer working mostly in a documentary tradition.

He regularly publishes photos in magazines and newspapers. Besides being a photographer of the condition humaine’ (the modern man in the social and cultural context of today), he is a landscape photographer who is fascinated by the meanings and significances given to landscape and nature.


He publishes photobooks on his own account through his company Mauritsheech Publishers. These are mainly limited edition books e.g.:

- RDM, de laatste dagen van een Rotterdamse fabriek (RDM, the last days of a Rotterdam factory) (2006)

- Tristan da Cunha (2007)

- South Atlantic Ocean (2008)

- Remedios, a small Cuban town (2009)

- Palingvissers and Palingrokers (Eel fishers and Eel smokers) (2007)

- Een leven lang kunst (A lifelong love of art) (2011).


During the last 8 years he worked on three long term projects :

At the end of 2009 the book Art Fairs was published by d’Jonge Hond Publishers. The book was a compilation of photographs taken by Kessler at high level international art fairs over a period of three years. He went on to win first prize when a selection of these photos was entered into the Art, Culture and Entertainment section of the annual Dutch photographic competition, de Zilveren Camera 2009. The Silver Camera is an annual award for the best Dutch journalistic photo. In 2013 he published a second book about Art Fairs, with the title Art Fairs Revisted.

The photobooks Around the North Sea (2012) is about the North sea coast of Europa. Dolph Kessler has photographed the North Sea Coast of the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, the Shetlands, Scotland, England and Belgium for nearly five years. He shows that for some time now the North Sea Coast of Europe cannot be considered unspoilt anymore and becomes more and more the playground of its inhabitants. Photo’s of this book were shown on international photofestivals, like Photofestival Naarden and Noorderlicht (Northern Light). About this books one of the critics wrote: “Dolph Kessler’s work contains a remarkable power. He likes to show, without passing any judgment, what kind of interventions man makes into reality. Not so much as an individual but rather as a species: man bending the landscape to his will, trying to relate to nature, trying to control it.” (Hans den Hartog Jager)

 The photobook Lviv, city of paradoxes is his last project and was also self-published in a high run in 2014, respectively. See for more information the introduction text for the exhibition. Dolph Kessler is inspired by photographers working in the tradition of the New Topographics such as the americans Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfield and Nicholas Nixon and the Europeans like Rob Hornstra, Mark Power and Simon Roberts to name a few.