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About the Speaker

Erik Kessels

Erik Kessels

Publisher, Designer, Photography collector (Amsterdam)

Erik Kessels is since 1996 Creative Director of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam, London and LA. KesselsKramer works and worked for national and international clients such as Diesel, Nike, I Amsterdam, Citizen M, Ben, Heineken and The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel.

As an artist and photography collector Kessels has published several books of his ‘collected’ images: Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), in almost every picture (2001-2013) and Wonder (2006). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography.

For the DVD art project Loud & Clear he worked together with artists such as Marlene Dumas and Candice Breitz. Kessels writes regular editorials for numerous international magazines. He lectured at the D&AD Presidents Lecture and at several international design conferences. He has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture where he curated a celebration of amateurism.

Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as The European Championship of Graphic Design, Graphic Detour, Loving Your Pictures, Use me Abuse me, 24HRS of Photos, Album Beauty and Mother Nature . He als co-curated an exhibition called From Here on together with Martin Parr, Joachim Schmid, Clement Cheroux and Joan Fontuberta.

In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts and in 2012 elected as the most influential creative of The Netherlands.

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Strong ideas allow you to blur

TYPO San Francisco 2013, April 12, 2013, 1:00 pm (Lam Research Theater)

There’s nothing stereotypical about Kessels or the work of his Amsterdam/London-based ad agency KesselsKramer. Rising above the level of consumerist background noise, its witty and irreverent work has been described as ‘anti-advertising’.

Erik will be sharing his experience and insight, as well as personal views and ‘stories’ on his amazing body of work. Being a true renaissance man, Erik will share a mix of the work from KesselsKramer alongside his various experiments, found photography, publishing and various other creative endeavors.