On january 4 Raoul Kramer (1978) presented his self-published book ‘Lost Track’ in Gallery Bart in Amsterdam.
As a photographer Kramer, despite his young age, has already progressed quite a bit. From confronting photojournalism in the West Bank through picturesque portraits of families in China, he went on to a more abstract kind of photography: simply capturing what's there without necessarily being beautiful or narrative.
‘Lost Track’ tells the story of the railway built around 65 years ago, with forced labor in Burma and Thailand. Kramer's grandfather was one of the surviving labourers and often told stories about it. In 2009 the young Kramer looked at the remnants of the track through the eye of his anologe camera.
With the stories of his grandfather in his head it's like a trip back in time. The book is beautifully constructed with photos shot every few kilometers which reveal a deeper meaning only because of the captions. A few hills, some rocks, a few trees, at first glance it seems a meaningless picture but if you read the accompanying story on the left page you suddenly look at it with very different eyes. The design by Eva van der Schans is also very efficient: caption on the left page, photo on the right, lots of white space around the text, unadorned, old, randomly and vertically placed, authentic black and white photographs enclosed separately.