Based in The Hague, Hester Keijser is a freelance curator and author specialized in contemporary photography with a focus on the Middle East. In the past four years, she developed exhibitions for The Empty Quarter gallery in Dubai, and went on to become the creative director of East Wing, a new platform for photography based in Qatar, a position she left at the end of 2013. She frequently collaborates with other international organizations in the field of photography on exhibitions, presentations, lectures, workshops and portfolio reviews, and serves as jury member for various awards and festivals.
Hester co-manages The Independent Photo Book blog, a free distribution tool directly connecting makers and collectors of limited edition photo books. In partnership with LhGWR, she organizes and leads the Book Case Study, a lecture and workshop program on the making and publishing of photo books.