Pierre Crom (France, 1967) settled in Netherlands in 1987. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, which led to the start of his photography career. After a year and a half, he got offered a job in a photo studio, where he spent the next five years working as an advertising photographer.
At the start of the digital revolution in 1995, the studio was among the first in the country to adopt digital photography. Pierre quickly became one of the pioneers in the field, experimenting with the first digital cameras.
In January 2000 Pierre started out as an independent photographer. He wanted to define what photography really meant. In order to do so, he felt that he had to break away from the daily studio productions. By creating free space and time, he was able to find his personal approach to photography.
In the early years, he specialised in the corporate sector. Contracted by advertising agencies, he delivered studio and location shoots, as well as portraits and stock photography.
In 2004 he embarked on a personal project in Israel, to mark a new direction in his photographic work. His documentary won the 1st prize in the category Foreign Documentary Single of the Dutch Zilveren Camera (‘Silver Camera’). The award put his work in the spotlight, which led to a solo exhibition of the series. Several of his images were sold as high quality large format prints to collectors.
Aestheticism was at the heart of Pierre’s early documentary work. Over time, he moved towards news photography, although his style remains a mix of reporting and documentary. Depending on the topic and the goal of a project, he works with a range of equipment, using both analogue and digital technology.
He covers politics, social issues and crises in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the Middle East and North Africa. In 2014 he reported from Ukraine for the first time, to cover the political developments in the Crimea and Donetsk region.
Pierre’s photographs have been published in major Dutch, Belgian and French national newspapers as well as newsmagazines and websites.