First name: Peter
Country of origin: Netherlands
Subtheme: Conflict, Politics, Society, Culture
Peter de Krom (the Netherlands, 1981)) studied at Rotterdam’s Graphic Lyceum and then at akv|St.Joost in Breda. He had training placements with NRC Handelsblad and nrc.next. He also fulfilled commissions for the Concertgebouw and the Rotterdam History Museum.
In his photo series War and peace De Krom focuses on people with an unusual hobby: World War II. He explores the lengths to which people will go – often literally – to indulge this hobby, and visits their events in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and England. During such gatherings, specific episodes from the war are often re-enacted. These re-enactments are very popular. The largest of them all is the five-day War and Peace Show in England. Under the pretext ‘Re-enactment is living history – War is now’, all sorts of aspects of that history are brought to life. It is both educational and entertaining. But the way in which the past is kept alive is occasionally questionable.