Athens Photo Festival 2022
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 a leading international festival dedicated to photography and visual culture. Through its programming, the Festival is committed to offering a diverse and inclusive international platform, for the exchange of ideas, artistic expression, and engagement with photography in all its forms.
Honoring the Festival’s 35th anniversary throughout 2022, our program provides a critical context where the impact of the ever-changing visual culture can be raised and discussed. The Festival will bring together emerging and established artists and photographers from around the world, through its exhibitions and events, with the aim to reflect the diversity of photography of our time.
Athens Photo Festival 2022 will take place in the months of June and July at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138 and other locations across the city. The Festival will feature over 100 artists from all over the world, selected through an open call process. The Festival is accepting proposals until 15 March 2022.
Exploring a variety of cultural, artistic, social, and political perspectives, the Festival invites proposals from the entire spectrum of the photographic medium, ranging from fine art, conceptual, documentary photography, and photojournalism to other media, including video, performance, and installation.
The main program will be occupied all the exhibition spaces of the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138, covering over 3,000 square meters. In addition to the exhibition, at the core of the Festival is a multi-layered program of events and initiatives, including learning activities, networking and talent development opportunities, community outreach, and public programs.
After a year of deprivation due to the pandemic, the Festival is back to celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2022, according to the rules of the art, while adhering to the safety measures, to ensure the health of our artists, teams, and audiences.
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 35 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
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