Short Biography of Fons Rademakers

I was born in Amsterdam on November 26, 1960. My parents Fons and Lili Rademakers were both film directors. From very young I was around cameras Me under the camera and I've always been facinated by the work of the cameramen (that is me under the camera with my father looking through the viewfinder). I started with photography when I was 10 years old with a Praktica L that I'd bought from my pocket money. A little later I managed to get an small Durst enlarger and I used my bathroom as darkroom. Pure magic. In the middle '70's I was allowed to convert the guest room to a semi-permanent darkroom and I started to experiment with color printing. A pain to do at home, but a great experience. Later I had several summer jobs, working in professional photo labs, printing fashion and publicity photos. In 1975 I got a beautiful Nikkormat EL camera from my father and I became the set photographer for his film Max Havelaar. Seeing my photo's in papers and magazines was fantastic. A career as photographer or cameraman seemed obvious.

However, after my first physics lesson in high school, I knew I wanted to become a physicist. The idea of understanding how nature works and to maybe make new discoveries, was too tempting.

Currently I am a physicist working at CERN, where the largest particle accelerator, the LHC, is operated and where the Web was invented. I lead a software project that provides programs for data processing and analysis. We talk very large scale data processing, Peta Bytes of data. It is a very challenging project and great fun. Photography has remained next to physics and computing my great passion.

I hope you enjoy my photos.