Donald Weber

Donald Weber teaches documentary in the BA Photography Department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) since 2015. He helped to create the Master Photography & Society and teaches in the program since 2018.

Prior to photography, Donald Weber was originally trained as an architect and worked with Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Weber is the author of four photography books. Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, has gone on to much acclaim; it was selected to be included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal ‘The Photobook: A History, Volume III’. Weber’s latest book, War Sand, explores D-Day as told through a grain of sand.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Photography Prize.

Weber’s work examines the hidden infrastructures of power, be it economic, political or social.
He serves on the faculty of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK), The Netherlands, and is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University, London.

Curious for an impression of our aims and scope of study? In February 2019, our student Gita Cooper-van Ingen conducted a Q&A about Photography & Society with our teachers Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Donald Weber and Shailoh Phillips, published in Der Greif. Read the article

We are very fortunate to be situated in this city, as hidden infrastructures of power are everywhere. The Hague materializes the values of democracy and justice, and yet the very economies that promote this ideology are embedded in the ecologies of war. The Peace Palace, International Criminal Court, Europol and various Tribunals are all situated within the city limits. To situate a Master program that is designed to confront power through the un-disciplining of photographic practice, we could not be in a better location. The Hague is governed by – and inhabits – the propaganda of security, internationalization and diplomacy. Here, the European project presents itself, as very fertile soil of exploration for any student who wants to question the conventional norms of art, to participate in a socially engaged and responsive practice, and to challenge and map the infrastructures of power.
Donald Weber, Q&A in Der Greif

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