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The Festival

ABOUT US

Our community, story, and vision.

Not Standing Still
Since 1987

Constantly reinventing itself, the Athens Photo Festival continues its longstanding commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and creativity. Our expanded programming represents a shared vision for what a photography festival can be in ways that make sense right now. We consider the entire experience — how the festival looks, speaks, behaves, inspires, and dreams — always questioning, always evolving.

The festival functions as a laboratory of ideas, practices, and initiatives operating within international frameworks, beyond the closed photographic community.

The Festival

Athens Photo Festival, a leading international biennial event, is dedicated to celebrating photography and visual culture. Ιts programming provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and artistic expression, and engagement with a wide range of photographic practices.

Our program creates a critical context where the impact of the ever-changing visual culture can be raised and discussed. The Festival will showcase the work by both emerging and established photographers from around the world, through its exhibitions and events, with the aim to reflect the diversity of photography of our time.

The Athens Photo Festival 2024 will take place in June and July at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138 and at various other locations across the city. Featuring over 100 artists from all corners of the globe, selected through an open call process, the Festival is accepting submissions until 15 February, 2024.

Embracing a diversity  of cultural, artistic, social, and political perspectives, the Festival invites submissions across the entire spectrum of photography. This encompasses fine art, conceptual, documentary photography, and photojournalism as well as other media, such as video, performance, and installations.

Beyond the exhibitions, the Festival offers a program of events and initiatives, encompassing educational activities, networking and talent development opportunities, community outreach, and a variety of public programs.

Our History

The festival was established in 1987 through the initiative of Stavros Moresopoulos, initially named the International Month of Photography in Athens, operating on a biennial basis. It stands as Greece’s longest-running photography festival and is among the five oldest in the world. In 2008, it officially became the Athens Photo Festival, reflecting its expanded program that now includes diverse events aligned with contemporary social and aesthetic needs.

Over the years, the Festival has remained true to its founding purpose, raising awareness of photography and acting as a catalyst for lens-based practice in Greece. It also serves as a platform for showcasing contemporary trends, emerging talent from around the world, and the best of Greek photography. A comprehensive archive spanning over 35 years of Festival activities, including photos, texts, and information about the artists, will soon be accessible online on this website.

Organization
Hellenic Centre for Photography

Manolis Moresopoulos, Artistic Director
Marilia Fotopoulou, General Coordination
Dimitris Polyzos, Production Supervisor
Marina Coriolano-Lykourezos, Head of Hospitality
Maria Panagopoulou, Press Officer
010 Creative, Visual Identity