‘The Rotterdam photographer Eli Dijkers is curious, nothing seems to escape him. He has an eye for people and animals and documents fascinating details and panoramic surveys. He likes to be surprised, preferably by cultures that area not his own. Hence his long trips through India and China with remarkable photo reports as a result. His is intrigued by ‘the land of the dragon’, which is changing so quickly that every trip he makes there seems new.
Dijkers’ pictures show a photographer on the road, in search of a certain rhythm. As he zooms in and out, he creates a visual poetry of light and life, present and past, unfamiliar and familiar structures, people and animals in large or small spaces. Dijkers’ photographs seem to breathe, just as taking them is like breathing for him.’ - Kunsthal, The Netherlands 2018