Rolands first exhibition was during the 1999 Hamburg Photo Triennale.
Exhibition of Lamu Smiles at Lamu Fort (Kenya) in 2013 which presented
more than 130 black and white photos. The objective was to present to the
local people what he calls “The Spirit of Lamu”.
He first came to Lamu in 2008, and was immediately intrigued by the
island, returning regularly. Realizing instantly that the island is changing
at a fast pace, this inspired him to start documenting the island.
The second Lamu Smiles exhibition was during the Lamu Art Festival 2016.
He exhibited 160 portraits of Lamu people. The photos were taken in
different villages on Lamu island using his portable studio in the previous
The Lamu Art Festival scheduled for February 2017.