In none of the hotel rooms are people to be seen. One has the impression that the guests have deserted the rooms. Van den Hoed, however, has stayed behind and taken his photographs. His work does not merely show us empty rooms. On the contrary, the rooms are filled with movement: the way in which light moves over the course of time; the changes in the views of the cities; the reflections in the glass, mirrors and other reflective surfaces, and the varying intensity of the light. By observing, as an ‘invisible man’, an apparently empty room over a long period and then bringing together these observations in a single work, Van den Hoed creates a new, layered reality.

Excerpt from Apparently Empty, by Hugo Beschoor Plug (2009)


Interview with subtitles



In 1992 Willem van den Hoed (1965) graduated from the Architecture Faculty of the

Delft University of Technology.  In 2003 he closed his office for Architecture and started building photo-works. Many of the current photo-works still have architectural themes.

Since 2002 the works have been shown at several museums and galleries in The Netherlands and Germany as well as at numerous art fairs in The Netherlands and Japan.


represented by:

Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam

Piet Hein Eek Gallery, Eindhoven


Public Collections:

Collection Museum Voorlinden

ING Art Collection

Collection Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Arcadis Art Collection

Achmea Art Collection

Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft


Willem lives in Amsterdam and Seoul

portrait: OSHIMA Toshihiro