On Thursday, the official opening of the 6th Triennial of Photography Hamburg took place Tthe Deichtorhallen Hamburg/House of Photography. Until 28 June 2015, exhibitions will be held not only at the city’s eight leading museums and cultural institutions, but also at galleries, in containers and in the old warehouses that make up the city’s new creative centre. Hamburg is thus once again the center for photography in Germany in 2015.
Photography In All Its Complexity
“The Triennial of Photography Hamburg has evolved into an audiovisual, artistic synthesis, which takes photography into urban areas, where it will can be discovered for ten days. Today, the photo festival is not only, in its literal sense, a showcase of photography, but a stage for photography in all its complexity”, Prof Barbara Kisseler, Hamburg Minister of Culture, said in her opening address.
From Berenice Abbott and David Hockney, to Lynn Hershman Leeson, Yto Barrada, and Josephine Pryde, to Catherine Balet, Phillip Toledano, and Henrik Spohler: over ten days, the Triennial will focus on extraordinary ideas, enthusiasm and commitment to photography, in lectures, films, projections, encounters and exhibitions that will continue well beyond the festival period. For ten days, not only photography and art enthusiasts but also a mainstream audiences.
Digital Revolution Changed Photography
Meanwhile, the Triennial of Photography is an important photography festival of international reputation. With the Polish curator Krzysztof Candrowicz, the 6th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2015 will have an external artistic direction for the very first time.
“The digital revolution completely changed our daily habits and our way of using photography. We do no longer take pictures to capture extraordinary events, but to document moments of our daily life and to share them”, said the artistic director of the 6th Triennial, Krzysztof Candrowicz.” Today, we must ask ourselves whether the digital image processing has changed our image culture. But even today, what’s left, is the image, and behind the camera is always a woman or man. This fact is the key issue of this year’s Triennial of Photography, and that’s what we will showcase.
Ten-Year Jubilee of the House of Photography
The Triennial of Photography is a brain child of the Hamburg photographer and collector Prof F.C. Gundlach, the the work group on photography (Arbeitskreis Photographie initiiert). In 1999, the Hamburg Ministry of Culture funded the first Triennial. At the third Triennial of Photography, the House of Photography was officially opened in 2005. At this year’s sixth edition, the House of Photography will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary.