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Photoszene-Festival Cologne

21. - 30. September 2018

 Also in 2018 there will be a multifaceted festival of photography in Cologne. Again, we are looking forward to all exhibitions and will promote them prominently on all our media as usual - We love Photography!

Festival week: 21 - 30 September 2018 parallel with photokina. Main events weekend from 28 - 30 September 2018. The exhibitions will mostly open earlier and run longer.

The non-profit association Internationale Photoszene Köln exists to promote art photography, its aim being to permanently strengthen Cologne as a location for photography.
For more than 30 years, the Photoszene-Festival organised by the association has been taking place biannually, alongside the photokina fair. Museums, galleries, and other renowned institutions from the Cologne region present their photo exhibitions within this context.

Photoszene is looking forward to many high-profile photography exhibitions for example in the Museum Ludwig, in the Photografische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur in the Forum für Fotorafie, in the Galerie Parrotta Contemporary Art, in the Kunsträume der Michael Horbach Siftung, in the CityPavillon at the Antoniterkirche, in the Christuskirche, in the Kartäuserkirche and in many others galleries and art spaces of the city. In the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, we once again celebrate the photo book: This year's guests are the Dummy Award and the renowned Photobook Award from Kassel!
The festival also features the fourth issue of the magazine L.Fritz. The main topic of L. Fritz #4 will be "The Future of Photography". Based on the rapid change that the medium has undergone in the last two decades, L. Fritz asks for the reasons and the exact effects and dares to look ahead. In interviews, essays and reports representatives of the photokina and the Photoindustrie-Verband, artists, gallery owners, media people, etc. will have their say. Statements are sometimes very contrary to each other. With the help of portfolios, we want to track this down and also take into account participants / exhibitions of the festival.

All exhibitors in Cologne that show exhibitions about photography are invited to participate:  Group and solo exhibitions, exhibitions to the photo book and also video works with reference to photography. For foreign artists it is only possible to participate in the festival if they have a Cologne based exhibition space.

# the magazine of the Photoszene L.Fritz
# the festival guide, which presents each exhibitor on a page with text and one picture, - the booklet for the children's and teenager's education program Photoszene Kids and Die Junge Photoszene
# the website with individual pages for each exhibition
# Social Media: Facebook and Instagram

Framework and mediation program:
We are looking forward to an exciting festival week with lectures, workshops, artist talks, the legendary Photographer's Night, the Portfolio Review SICHTBAR. Furthermore the Photoszene develops a mediation program with guided tours in the city and offers workshops and guided tours for children and adolescents with Photoszene KIDS & Die Junge Photoszene.

Overview of dates

1 March – 1 May, 2018
Registration online possible

19 August, 2018
Release of: L.Fritz No.4 , the festival guide, Photoszene KIDS & Die Junge Photoszene Launch of the festival website 
21 – 30 September, 2018
Main events period of the Photoszene Festival
Friday 28 September 2018
Gallery tour. Commen opening hours until 10pm.
Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September 2018
Main event weekend with common opening hours from 11 am -7pm
Your contact to the Photoszene team:
Jana Strippel, Kathrin Esser,
We look forward to your visit! Please visit us at facebook.
The Photoszene Festival will take place again parallel to the photokina in 2019 - then in the new cycle in May.