Athens Photo Festival 2020
International Festival of Photography and Visual Culture
A platform for discovering and celebrating photography
Not Standing Still
Constantly reinventing itself, Athens Photo Festival, furthers its long-standing commitment to encouraging diversity, inclusion, creativity and critical thinking, with the aim to challenge the boundaries and experience of a traditional festival of photography and visual culture. Focusing on the ‘why’ as much as the ‘how’ and the ‘what’, our expanded programming represents a shared vision for what a photography festival is it can be in ways that make sense right now. We consider the whole experience; how the festival looks, speaks, behaves, inspires, dreams – without never stand still.
Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography and visual culture in Southeastern Europe, and one of the five oldest of its kind in the world.
The Festival brings together emerging and established artists and photographers from around the world with the aim to reflect the diversity of photography and visual culture today.
Through its expanded programming and the year-round activities, Athens Photo Festival is committed to providing critical context where the impact of the ever-changing visual culture can be raised and discussed.
Athens Photo Festival 2020 features a selection of over 100 projects from all over the world. Exploring diverse cultural, artistic, social and political perspectives, the Festival welcomes a wide variety of works from all the image-based genres, ranging from fine art and conceptual to documentary and photojournalism, photo-based installations, interactive content and multimedia works.
At the core of the Festival, is an extensive and multi-layered program of events and initiatives, including learning and public programs, talent development initiatives, social practice, and community outreach.
Athens Photo Festival will continue to follow the updates on COVID-19 closely, while adhering to the guidelines put forward by our governments, to ensure the measures we take will help protect our artists, teams and audience.
The festival was founded in 1987 on the initiative of Stavros Moresopoulos, under the name International Month of Photography in Athens, as a biennial event. It is the longest-running festival of photography in Greece, and one of the five oldest of its kind in the world. In 1997, the festival turned into an annual event. In 2008, was officially renamed to Athens Photo Festival in order to reflect upon the festival’s expanding programme which now embraced a wide range of events that are completely in tune with today’s social and aesthetics needs.
Throughout the years, the festival has remained faithful to its founding purpose, raising audiences awareness of photography and acting as a catalyst for lens-based practice within Greece and a showcase for contemporary trends, new talent from all over the world and the very best of Greek photography. The extensive documentation from its over 30 year history of festival activities, including photos, texts and information about the artists will be soon available online on this website.
Hellenic Centre for Photography