Since 1980 Rommert Boonstra devotes his life to photography and poetry. Before that time he was a theatre director. He published hundreds of articles about art and traveling in numerous Dutch magazines and taught photography at several art academies.
Boonstra is one of the founding fathers of Staged Photography in the Netherlands. Mostly he works in his studio, but on several occasions he did projects about museum collections, that were made in the museum itself. These projects resulted in exhibitions of images, objects, texts and installations. Also he did a project for the Dutch Railroads. His work is present in 800 trains. Nowadays he also works outside. A recent subject is walking.
Four books are published about his photo works.
Boonstra's work has been shown in many museums all over the world. To mention some-Centre Européen de la Photographie Paris, Musée de la Photographie Charleroi, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Frac (Metz), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Neue Gallery Aken, Galerie Torch Amsterdam, Groninger Museum, Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, Art Cologne, Kunstverein Munchen, KunstRai Amsterdam, FotoFest Houston.