b. 1973, Canada
Donald Weber is a photographer whose work explores the infrastructures of power in conjunction with the shadow states of globalized violence: societal, cultural, and economic. He is deeply interested in history and its accompanying narratives, often asking a simple question: How is the past performed for the present?
His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide including: the United Nations; Musée de l’Armée at Les Invalides, Paris; the Portland Museum of Art; the Royal Ontario Museum; and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
His Interrogations project and accompanying book (Schilt, 2011), about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, was published to international acclaim from World Press Photo, PDN, Aperture, and many others; it was selected to be included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal The Photobook: A History, Volume III. Interrogations was preceded by Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl (2008) which won the photolucida Book Award.
Weber’s recent projects include Barricade and War Sand. Shot over the crucial month of February, 2014, Barricade inventories the accoutrements and sites of EuroMaidan, giving us a visual language of the revolution that toppled a government and fomented a geopolitical crisis from central Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Independence Square. The book, a collaboration with Arthur Bondar, was published in 2014 (Schilt). War Sand, is a poetic rumination, through a survey of the beaches and landscapes of D-Day, about historic sacrifice and the meaning of war in our modern world. (The book is available for pre-order, through Polygon, 2017.)
Weber’s numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards, and PDN’s 30. He was named an Emerging Photo Pioneer by American Photo, and was a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award.
Weber is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto, and currently serves on the faculty of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Donald Weber CV [PDF]
War Sand, Polygon, 2017
Photography by Donald Weber, with texts by Larry Frolick, Kevin Robbie and Donald Weber
Design: Teun van der Heijden, Heijdens Karwei, Amsterdam
Format: 7.6″×11.4″ (195×290 mm)
398 pp., fold-out map insert, 195 colour images
Language: English, French and German
Barricade: The Euromaidan Revolt, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2014
Donald Weber and Arthur Bondar, with texts by Larry Frolick and Donald Weber
Design: Victor Levie | MV LevievanderMeer, Amsterdam
Format: 22 x 24.5 cm (portrait)
72 pages with approx. 127 photos in full colour
Barricade, Special Edition (100)
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Interrogations, Schilt, 2011
with texts by Larry Frolick, and Donald Weber
Design: Teun van der Heijden
Format: 17 x 24 cm (portrait) Softbound with cardboard slipcase 176 pages with 90 photos in full colour
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Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, Photolucida, 2008
Softbound, 64 pages, 60 photographs