12:30 – 1:30pm | Saturday 9/28
Artist Talk: Martin Roemers presents Metropolis
in conversation with James Wellford
Presented by: Anastasia Photo
As of October 31, 2011, 7 billion souls inhabit this planet. The U.N. Population Fund also estimates that more than half the world’s population is now living in an urban area, a figure that is expected to rise to 70 percent by 2050.
Martin Roemers (b. 1962, Netherlands) embarked on Metropolis in 2009 to document this process of urbanization by focusing on the world’s megacities – places with a population of more than ten million people. How can people live in cities that are so vast yet so incredibly crowded and hectic? What are the differences between these megacities and what do they have in common? How do cities and their populations evolve? For all their chaos, big cities still have a sense of humanity. It is this humanity and sense of interconnectedness that Roemers wishes to reveal in his photographs, the dynamic character of each city and the urban dwellers who make it their home.
In a discussion led by photo editor and curator, James Wellford, Roemers will present this body of work and discuss why he started the project and how it continues to evolve and grow.
This presentation will take place in the Photoville Talk Area – located at the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman St Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Martin Roemers (b.1962) studied photography at the Academy of Arts in Enschede, The Netherlands. His long-term projects include “The Eyes of War” and “Metropolis”. Roemers joined Anastasia Photo in 2011 and exhibited Metropolis there in March 2012. In 2009, his book “Relics of the Cold War” was published by Hatje Cantz. Roemers’ work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Newsweek and The New Yorker. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in public, private and corporate collections including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Ford Foundation in New York. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including two World Press Photo Awards in 2006 and 2011.
James Wellford is a photo editor and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. For 12 years he was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine where he collaborated on projects that received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYi, American Photo, Visa Pour Lʼimages, PX 3, and at the National Press Photographers Association. He has served as a jury member for the Tim Hetherington Award, Visa Pour Lʼimage, and the Overseas Press Club. He teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York City and is a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.