Pierre Crom was born in France and moved to the Netherlands in 1987, where he still lives. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Following years working in a photo studio, Pierre continued his career as an independent photographer in January 2000. By creating space and time away from studio productions, he was able to find his personal approach to photography.
Aestheticism was at the heart of Pierre’s early analogue and digital work. In 2004, he embarked on an award-winning personal project in Israel, which would mark a shift towards photojournalism. A solo exhibition of the series followed and several of his images were sold as high quality large format prints to collectors.
Since then, Pierre has covered politics, social issues and crises in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the Middle East and North Africa. He collaborates with major newspapers and photo agencies and his photographs have been widely published in national and international media.
Throughout 2014, Pierre reported from eastern Ukraine to cover the political developments in the Crimea and the Donbass region. His work following the MH17 flight crash was awarded with the Zilveren Camera, the renowned Dutch photojournalism prize.
Jury chair Claudia Hinterseer said about the award:
“Photographer Pierre Crom took the first image of the shot down MH17 while the plane wreckage was still smouldering. He was in the right place at the right time, as a good journalist should be, and he was capable to deliver good work despite the chaos. He did not let go of the story and built up a powerful visual document in the following months. During the judging process, there was awful silence when we looked at this work. Image after image, which collectively became more powerful, the photographer showed us what went on at the doomed scene after the disaster. As if one is punched hard in the stomach. We knew that the chances of a photo (series) about MH17 winning were big; Pierre Crom makes an important contribution to the visual memories of the disaster.”