B.J. (Bas) Vroege
Bas Vroege studied economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1976-1979) and photography at St. Joost Academy in Breda (1979-1981). From 1981-1993 he was director of Perspektief, centre for photography in Rotterdam and the Fotografie Biënnale Rotterdam (1988-1992), realising three editions of this festival. He has been director of Paradox () since 1993. Paradox produces photography related projects (exhibitions, books, films, websites) driven by a social agenda, such as Go No Go (on migration in Europe, with photographer Ad van Denderen).
As a photographer and curator, Bas Vroege has been responsible for a number of cross-media festivals and exhibitions such as: Obsessions – From Wunderkammer to Cyberspace (Foto Biennale Enschede, 1995), Digital territories (Rotterdam Festivals/DEAF, 1996), Avatar (dealing with the notion of the multiple personality in digital society, 1998, Amsterdam) and EXPERIENCE (Foto Biennale Rotterdam, 2003). For the University of Sunderland (UK) and the International Photography Research Network (IPRN), he curated a symposium on the representation of work in photography in 2005. He is currently involved in the project OswiecimNow, dealing with the post-war history of Auschwitz. As an advisor he has worked for several institutions such as the Mondriaan Foundation (1993-1995), The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (1998-2001), the MFA photography programme at St. Joost Academy in Breda (1999-2002), the bachelor photography programme of the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (2002-2004). In 1995-1996 he was part of the committee appointed by the Council for Advanced Studies that reviewed the visual arts educational institutions in the Netherlands.
He became a member of the Supervisory Board of World Press Photo in 2006.