After 30th anniversary festivities last year, the festival now enters its fourth decade with the aim to challenge the boundaries and experience of a traditional festival of photography. Focusing on the why as much as the how and the what, on collaborative methods and processes instead of individual effort, we design the festival of the future – in ways that make sense right now. We consider the whole experience. How the festival looks, speaks, behaves, dreams – without ever still standing.
Athens Photo Festival 2018
International Festival of Contemporary Photography & Related Media
The leading festival for discovering and celebrating photography in Southeastern Europe
Not Standing Still
Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography and related media in Southeastern Europe. The festival attempts to bring together a range of different perspectives from emerging and established artists and photographers from all over the world with the aim to raise awareness and foster an understanding of contemporary culture and society through photography in all its forms.
Exploring critical issues relevant to our times, the festival functions as a dynamic platform where the social impact of the ever-changing visual culture can be raised and discussed. Athens, today, is the city facing the challenges for Europe. This put us in a unique position to collaborate with international artists and organisations.
The Festival works within an international, national and local context, encompassing a variety of activities designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary photographic practices, and to create opportunities for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and international engagement.
The 2018 main exhibitions take place from 6 June to 29 July 2018, at the Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe). The main exhibition programme will be comprised of a curated selection of over 100 entries, selected through the current international open call for submissions. This call is open to all exhibitions of photography and lens-based works, ranging from fine art to documentary and photojournalism, photo-based installations and multimedia. To be eligible for inclusion in Festival programming, proposals must be submitted before 31 March, 2018.
At the core of the festival is a range of events, including portfolio viewings, screenings, talks and discussions, workshops, and various community and participatory projects. In addition to the main venue-based programme, the festival encourages community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city.
Athens Photo Festival is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMoP), a network comprised of photography festivals in 8 European capitals that aims to foster collaboration on joint projects within a European framework.
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 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
ATHENS AND ITS EUROPEAN PARTNERS
Athens Photo Festival is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMoP), a European joint project that includes the photography festivals in Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Paris, and Vienna.
The goal of the joint project is to foster collaboration on joint projects within a European framework, to strengthen the international photography scene, to intensify the exchange of information and experience, emphasize the interplay between teaching and learning, and support young artists.