Eli Dijkers (1978) – originally a hospital pharmacist – graduated the Academy of Photography (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) in 2012. Eli participated in masterclasses by Michael Ackerman and Jacob Aue Sobol. Both of them critically contributed to an in-depth empowerment of his work.
Eli’s photographic work is intuitive, raw, yet very connected to people. As expressed by Pauline Vermare, associate curator at the International Center of Photography New York: ‘Eli’s portfolio is a stunning ensemble of eclectic but cohesive photographs. Technically, visually and psychologically, his series bring a lot to the viewer. The photographs are powerful and do not need any subtext to read them. A brilliant catharsis for viewers, a dark but enjoyable trip...’
Eli’s images have been exhibited widely in the Netherlands and abroad. The Kunsthal in Rotterdam is currently exhibiting recent work as a solo-exhibition for 6 months. Additionally he received multiple honours.
Current future exhibitions include:
Shared exhibition with seldomly exhibited photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The exhibition will be held during the G20 summit of foreign affair ministers and is in collaboration with Porta Coeli Gallery. Matera, Italy. June 2021.
Shared exhibition with Neo Zhao, Pusu Art Space in the 1862 Art Center of Shanghai Boat House on the North Bund, Shanghai, China. May 2021.
14th International Photography Festival. Levice, Slovakia. May/June