Donald Weber

Donald Weber teaches in both the BA Photography and the Master Photography & Society of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

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

Much of Weber’s work is concerned with making visible the technological, spatial, legal and political systems that shape our current condition – the infrastructures of power. For him, the role of photographer is that of ’translator’ or ‘interpreter’— to present information in a convincing, precise, and accessible manner – qualities which are crucial for the pursuit of accountability. Weber’s work mediates between the ‘issue’ and the forum (the audience).

He has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Photography Prize, amongst other citations.

He serves on the faculty of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands, of which he helped to develop and lead the new Master Photography & Society program. Weber is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Architecture 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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