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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 and I've always been fascinated 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 early '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, ROOT, 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.

Fons Rademakers

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