Dutch Photography Working Group

The Dutch Photography Working Group, convened by Marta Zarzycka and Martijn Kleppe brings together academics and professionals to exchange ideas related to photojournalism, documentary photography, art, and photographic theory. We acknowledge an increasing cultural interest in the study of photographs and we hope to contribute to a growing understanding of the possibilities of research with, on, and by photography. The group functions as a platform for regional, national and international activities, bringing together researchers, practitioners, critics, curators, institutions and those working on various aspects of visual media.

The groups’ monthly agenda of workshops/seminars aims to strengthen scholarly debate, to provide links to further readings and discussions, to generate publication and exhibition opportunities, and also to develop international partnerships between institutions and individuals doing research on photography.

Meetings of the Dutch Photography Working group are public and open for all members of the Scherptediepte network. All upcoming and previous meetings are announced on the Dutch section of this website.


Marta Zarzycka is assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow at Gender Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. Her project, Images at War: Photography, Gender and Humanitarian Aid has been awarded a VENI grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The goal of this project is to produce a set of representative case studies analyzing gender as a key component in armed conflict press coverage, and to create a framework of visual analysis that can be applied both to the coverage of conflict zones and the use of this coverage in humanitarian relief campaigns. Located in photography studies and using theories of representation and gender, this study provides a systematic analysis of images of women from the wars in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq and their use in press and in fundraising appeals.

Martijn Kleppe works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His interest lies in how historical events and current lives are visualized through photographic images. Currently, he is completing his dissertation on Dutch iconic photographs and recently started working in the European funded (FP7) program AXES -Access to Audiovisual Archives. Furthermore, he is the review editor of the Dutch Journal of Media History, and board member of the online open access journal Depth of Field. In his work, he tries to reach out to non-academic audiences by writing articles for newspapers and magazines. He also contributes a weekly column on the Dutch website Photoq.nl, commenting on the use of photographs in current media.