Seven billion souls inhabit this planet. That is the estimate according to the United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affairs, which also says 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. With this in mind, Martin Roemers is photographing the world's megacities: places with more than 10 million people. How can people live in such immense and crowded places? That's what he wants to reveal with these photographs-both the dynamic character of the city, and the individual inhabitants; the urban travelers, who call the metropolis home.
Frits Gierstberg, Head of Exhibitions at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, on Metropolis:
"Within the vast panorama of photographic projects throughout the world that revolve around the metropolis, Martin Roemers' is the most meticulous in visualising the human experience in today's big city. Roemers' photographs are not only spectacular, they also provide us with a subtle image of the global village. Furthermore, they force us to reflect on popular ideas concerning globalisation, urbanisation and culture while simultaneously considering the potentials of the photographic medium."
THE NEW YORKER, April 2, 2012:
"A crush of citizens who appear as ghostly bits of fabric swirling around sidewalk venders' displays like unharnessed energy."
THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 28, 2013:
"Amid the chaos of Times Square, full of tourists and city buses and the blaring billboards, Mr. Roemers, glimpsed a still, stunning moment one April afternoon."
Metropolis was awarded the first prize in the Daily Life Stories category of the 2011 World Press Photo.
Photo: Karachi, Pakistan
Archival pigment print 49x62"/125x160 cm. and 21x27"/55x70 cm.