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 2019
International Festival of Photography and Visual Culture
A platform for discovering and celebrating photography
Not Standing 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 seeks to bring 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 offering a dynamic platform for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and engagement with photography in all its forms.
Exploring critical issues of our time, the Festival provides a critical context where the 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 2019 main program will take place from 6 June to 28 July 2019, at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138. The main exhibition programme will be comprised of a curated selection of over 100 entries, selected through an international open call for submissions.
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. In addition to the main venue-based program, the Festival encourages community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city.
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 network 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.