Nestled within the Pasquart cultural center, Photoforum is a dynamic institution dedicated to photography. Since its establishment in 1984, we have remained committed to empowering emerging and mid-career artists while fostering meaningful exchanges within our community. Located in the heart of Switzerland, our institution occupies the second floor of the Pasquart, a former hospital building, alongside the Kunsthaus Pasquart, Filmpodium, Kunstverein, and espace libre.
Photoforum is more than just an institution; we serve as a creative hub, providing support to photographers, nurturing talent, and encouraging the exploration of photography in all its forms. Dedicated to emerging and mid-career photography, we occupy a unique place in the Swiss photography scene. We curate between five and seven exhibitions annually, featuring both group exhibitions and monographs, some of which serve as a launching point for artists, offering them crucial visibility at pivotal moments in their careers. We aim to provide our local and national audience with the opportunity to discover new artists while shedding light on current issues and trends in contemporary photography.
Each year, Photoforum hosts Prix Photoforum – an annual open call designed to shine a spotlight on exciting new work. This initiative encourages image makers to share innovative proposals spanning various artistic expressions, from traditional print to cutting-edge digital art. Each year, ten to fifteen exceptional candidates are selected and offered the unique opportunity to collaborate with a team of seasoned experts during our exclusive Kick-Off Day in Biel/Bienne.