Raymond Frenken (1977) is a writer, editor and researcher, based in Amsterdam. He is interested in the many ways space and place are shaped by personal and collective imagination. Through his academic background in interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, he has learned to take into account the voices of artists, explorers, scientists, politicians, and other (extra)ordinary people. Specialized in contextualizing the arts. Appointed as lecturer Writing & Research at the AKV|St.Joost Photography and Film Department.

photography, documentary, media, performance, landscape, memory


Borneolaan 29  |  NL-1019 HW Amsterdam  |  +31 6 45 320 120  |  info[at]  |    |    | 

Writing, editing and consulting

on behalf of: Mediafonds (Dutch Cultural Media Fund), Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem, Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, de Brakke Grond, Holland Festival, Springdance Festival, Festival Cement, Festival Jonge Harten, Cinedans Festival, The Grey Space in the Middle, Witte de With, De Appel, Virtueel Platform, Stichting Behoud Moderne Kunst, ArtEZ Institute for the Arts, Sandberg Instituut, Theater Instituut Nederland, Nederlands Toneelverbond, Vereniging voor Podiumtechnologie, De Theaterschool, DasArts Master of Theatre, Dance Unlimited, Theater Frascati, Theater Kikker, Productiehuis Brabant, De Melkweg, Hetveem Theater, Kunsten ’92 and a lot of independent artists.
Flemish-Dutch Journalism Scholarship laureate 2015

Published by

Fw:Books – as well as: Blauwe Kamer – tijdschrift voor landschapsarchitectuur en stedenbouwEtcetera – performing arts magazineKunstbeeldMetropolis MTubelightZemZem – tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika en islam, 609 – cultuur en media

Publications (selection)
You breathe from a garden in your neck; photography: Judith Jockel; design and editing: Hans Gremmen; text (selection and writing): Raymond Frenken; publisher: Fw:Books; 2016; distribution: Idea Books; ISBN 978-94-90119-44-7; ORDER
featured in: de Volkskrant | Trouw | Die Zeit

‘De Grensmaas is van iedereen. Grensoverschrijdend hoogwaterproject meandert tussen talloze belangen’ (article), in: Blauwe Kamer – Tijdschrift voor landschapsarchitectuur en stedenbouw, 2016, no. 1 (maart), pp. 14-23

Edges of the Experiment – The Making of the American Landscape; photography: Marie-José Jongerius; design and editing: Hans Gremmen; texts: Raymond Frenken, William L. Fox and others; publisher: Fw:Books; 2015; distribution: Idea Books; ISBN 978-94-90119-26-3; ORDER
Dutch Design Awards 2015 finalist | Arles 2015 Best Book Award shortlist | de Volkskrant Top 15 Photobooks 2015 | LensCulture 10 Favorite Photobooks 2015 | Design Print Impact Notable Photobooks of 2015 | International Center of Photography (ICP) Infinity Award 2016 shortlist (critical writing & research) | Kassel Best Photobooks 2016 experts selection | Best Dutch Book Designs 2015 student selection

(in matters of) Karl; photography: Annette Behrens; design and editing: Hans Gremmen; texts: Annette Behrens, Christophe Busch, Raymond Frenken; publisher: Fw:Books; 2015; distribution: Idea Books; ISBN 978-94-90119-34-8; SOLD OUT
Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2015 finalist | TIME Magazine Best Photobooks 2015 | de Volkskrant Top 15 Photobooks 2015 | Photo District News Notable Photo Books 2015 | Arles 2016 Photo-Text Award shortlist | Arles 2016 Historical Book Award Winner | Best Dutch Book Designs 2015 student selection

Vivace; photography: Hanne van der Woude; design and editing: Hans Gremmen; text: Hanne van der Woude, Raymond Frenken; publisher: Fw:Books; 2015; distribution: Idea Books; ISBN 978-94-90119-37-9 (NL) SOLD OUT  / 978-94-90119-39-3 (EN) ORDER
de Volkskrant Top 15 Photobooks 2015 | Best Dutch Book Designs 2015 student selection | Nederlandse Fotoboekenprijs (Best Dutch Photobook of 2015-2016) shortlist

En boven de polder de nacht (And above the polder the night); photography: Miriam Donkers; text: Raymond Frenken; design: Michel van Soest; 2014; limited edition (100); ORDER

On the Threshold of Fiction, in: Every Nerve – DasArts Magazine 2013-2014; editors: Barbara Van Lindt & Karin van de Wiel; design: Thonik; publisher: DasArts

Objects in Mirror – The Imagination of the American Landscape, design and editing: Hans Gremmen; published by Fw:Books; produced and co-published by Fotodok; 2012; distribution: Idea Books; ISBN 978-94-90119-15-7; SOLD OUT

Course development, (guest) teaching & mentoring

AKV|St.Joost, Domein voor Kunstkritiek, Universiteit Utrecht, Universiteit Maastricht, Universiteit van Amsterdam, De Nieuwe Garde

Curator / programmer

Holland Festival context program (2009)  READ MORE
Springdance/festival context program (2007)


works with / has worked with / loves to work with

Fw:Books, independent publisher
Domein voor Kunstkritiek, platform
Lab Actuele Kunstkritiek, platform
Carolina Aboarrage, graphic designer
Taco Hidde Bakker, writer + researcher
Karin Bareman, writer + photographer
Annette Behrens, photographer
Manon Berendse, writer + editor
Aukje de Boer, writer + editor
Rixt Bosma, writer + researcher
Boukje Cnossen, writer + researcher
Marijke Cobbenhagen, designer + researcher
Miriam Donkers, photographer
Irma Driessen, reader + writer
Willeke Duijvekam, photographer
Mieke Fiers, editor
Fotodok, space for documentary photography
Suzan Geldhoff, researcher + curator
Ringel Goslinga, photographer
Chantal Hendriksen, graphic designer

Hans Gremmen, graphic designer + editor
Marie-José Jongerius, photographer
Judith Jockel, photographer
Kunstbeeld, magazine
Karin Krijgsman, writer + photographer + editor
Maaike Lauwaert, writer + researcher
Metropolis M, magazine
Willem Popelier, photographer
Ulrike Quade, theatre maker
Rekto:verso, magazine
Diana Scherer, photographer
Catherine Somzé, writer + researcher
Zhenia Sveshinski, curator + researcher
Liesbeth Tjon A Meeuw, editor
Tubelight, magazine
Daria Tuminas, photographer + researcher
Martine Verstraete, illustration + education
Karin van de Wiel, writer + editor + marketing
Hanne van der Woude, photographer
Lieke Wouters, writer + curator