Martin Roemers was born in 1962 and studied photography at the Academy of Arts in Enschede, in the Netherlands. He works on long-term projects, such as Metropolis, about life in megacities and The Eyes of War, about people blinded during World War II. In 2009, his book Relics of the Cold War, about the deserted landscape of the Cold War, was published. Roemers' work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Newsweek and The New Yorker. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in public collections including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He has received many awards and recognitions, including a previous World Press Photo Award (in 2006). Roemers is represented by Panos Pictures and lives in the Netherlands.