Based in The Hague, Hester Keijser is an independent curator and author specialized in contemporary photography. She frequently collaborates with international organizations in the field of photography. From 2009-2013, she developed exhibitions for The Empty Quarter gallery in Dubai, and was creative director of East Wing, a platform for photography based in Qatar. Stead Bureau maintains a strong commitment to emerging photographic practices from the MENASA region. Since 2006, she has kept an online journal on photography, publishing as Mrs. Deane, and manages The Independent Photo Book blog, a self-publishing free zone. In partnership with LhGWR, she organizes and leads the Book Case Study, a lecture and workshop program on the making and publishing of photo books.