Visual worlds and exhibition landscapes
Before, photography festivals were something only for industry insiders; today they are popular with a wider public. In Germany there are more and more such events. Many of them have set their own accents.
Contemporary photographic art and vintage prints, first-class exhibitions and communicative platform – these are the features of a successful photo festival that captures the imagination of both contact-hungry industry professionals and curious amateurs. The number of such festivals is growing worldwide. In Germany, too, the scene has changed over the years. If photo festivals used to be rather special events organized by museums on the theme of photography, which formed a sub-category within the visual arts, today photographic art is looked upon as an independent discipline. Whereas before museum walls often formed a barrier between the professional public and other visitors and focussed on the subject of photography as a medium of viewing, now the communication of the visual medium has assumed centre stage at the events. The exhibitions have moved more and more outside the fours walls of a museum and take place instead in public spaces or are collaborations of various institutions.
The aim of a contemporary photo festival is to inspire photographers and enable exchanges with them in discussions and workshops. But it also promotes the networking of book publishers, art gallery owners and curators. Knowledge is passed on, horizons expanded. The following events are well worth the while of photography enthusiasts.