Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with urban theorist Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam. He has since devoted himself to the study of how power deploys an all-encompassing theater for its subjects; what he records is its secret collaboration with both masters and victims.
Weber is the author of two books. His first, Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, which won the Photolucida Book Prize, asks a simple question: what is daily life actually like in a post-atomic world? Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, was acclaimed as one of the best photo books of 2012. Weber’s many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, and two World Press Photo Awards. He was named one of PDN’s 30 and an Emerging Photo Pioneer by American Photo.
His work has appeared in international publications including Amica, Der Speigel, The Guardian, Newsweek, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Stern, Time and The Walrus. He has worked with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the NGOs Médecins sans Frontières and War Child. Weber’s photography projects have been exhibited at festivals and galleries worldwide including the United Nations, the Museum of the Army at Les Invalides in Paris, the Portland Museum of Art and the Alice Austen House Museum in New York. Weber is noted for his ongoing series of lectures and workshops, including his work as a trainer for World Press Photo.
Don’s current project, The Impossible City, explores the city inundated by its technological future. He is a member of the VII Photo Agency.