Chris Keulen was born in Heerlen, the Netherlands in 1959. He studied Dutch language and literature in Nijmegen and photography at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague. His personal documentary work deals with everyday life in the Netherlands and internationally. Keulen looks to give a place to small themes alongside major international news stories. He works on commission for NRC Handelsblad, Trouw, Geo, National Geographic, the University of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg and spends considerable time on his own projects. Since 1995, Keulen has been associated with the Dutch publications NRC Handelsblad and Trouw, while based in Maastricht. His work has been featured and published on a national and international level and has been on show three times at Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan. He won a World Press Photo first prize in Sports stories in 2000 as well as eleven prizes from the Zilveren Camera. In 2008 he published the photobook Hete Glasspinters: le Tour d'Afrique (Hot Splinters of Glass: Le Tour d'Afrique) about bicycle racing in Central Africa, which he photographed for five years. The photos were exhibited in Maastricht (Centre Ceramique), Breda (Bredaphoto), Cologne (Photokina), Emmen (buitenexpo), Perpignan (Visa pour l'image), Amsterdam (OBA), Antwerp (Persmuseum) and Brussels (Galerie Husson). He has received several grants in support of his work from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. Keulen is currently working on two projects: Maastricht Cultural Capital and the 50 years of independence in Africa. He is represented by Panos (worldwide), Laif (Germany) and Hollandse Hoogte (the Netherlands).