David Galjaard

David Galjaard (Haarlem, NL, 1983) is trained as a photographer at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague where he graduated in 2006. Since then he has been working as a documentary photographer. In addition to his self-initiated, long-term projects he works as a freelancer for several Dutch newspapers and magazines. He won various photo awards and received grants to do projects in The Netherlands, Albania and Nigeria. His work has been published in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines.

Characteristic of Galjaard’s work is a contemplative and often distant view on the people and situations he photographs. His quiet, serene compositions lends a balanced and monumental quality to his photographs that incite the viewer to further reflect on the subject.

In 2009 he began the Concresco project, using Albanian bunkers as a visual metaphor to illustrate the development of a European country that was the last to step away from communism and started the difficult journey to become part of the capitalistic West. This project resulted in his first photo book in 2012. The same year Concresco was named one of the best photo books of 2012 by TIME Magazine and PhotoEye.com and won, among others, the prestigious Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Award in the category First Photobook. This year (2014) Concresco was included in The Photobook: A history volume III by Martin Parr and Garry Badger.