Erik Kessels

Born 1966, the Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Erik Kessels has been creative director of the Amsterdam communications agency KesselsKramer since 1996. As an artist and photography collector Kessels has published around 50 books of his ‘collected’ images: Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), In Almost Every Picture (2001-2015), and Wonder (2006). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography. Kessels has made and curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures, Use me Abuse me, 24HRS of Photos, and Album Beauty, and co-curated the exhibition From Here On at the Rencontres d’Arles 2011. In 2010 Kessels was awarded the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts and in 2012 named the most influential creative of the Netherlands. His exhibition Unfinished Father was short-listed for the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture