Copenhagen Photo Festival is the largest photo festival in the Nordic region, running on June 3-13, 2021, with more than 50 exhibitions in collaboration with galleries, museums and cultural institutions in Copenhagen and southern Sweden. Each year, 250 Danish and foreign photographers contribute, and the festival is visited by around 55.000 people. For 11 days, photography is on the agenda under the three main pillars Framing Identity, Framing Society and Framing Vision, through exhibitions, workshops, talks, portfolio reviews and more.
Copenhagen Photo Festival focuses on development. New forms of exhibiting, new ways to use photography as well as new perspectives and emerging talents. The festival presents a programme of high quality – artistically and conceptually – building bridges between fine art and documentary photography. Copenhagen Photo Festival is for those who want to break new ground and challenge the idea of what photography is and can be, now and in the future.
The festival centre is located on Refshaleøen, an island in Copenhagen with an industrial history. The raw atmosphere has made the island a creative centre with art institutions such as Copenhagen Contemporary, Reffen – Copenhagen Street Food, theatres, and cultural events which draws an audience from the entire world. Through the festival we challenge traditional presentation methods, finding new and innovative ways to present the artists’ vision.
The festival prioritizes experimentation and sustainability in its production. We work with partners within architecture, crossing the border between in- and outside through innovative use of our established festival centre and its surrounding exhibition park.
The Copenhagen Photo Festival programme is divided into three pillars that build bridges between fine art and documentary photography. Applicants for our solo exhibitions must, therefore, be able to define which of these categories they identify most with their project.