Copenhagen Photo Festival announces an outstanding anniversary programme

From June 6 to June 16 Scandinavia’s largest photo festival will take over Copenhagen for the tenth time with an impressive programme that celebrates Danish photography and sets theagenda with current social themes. With the main categories Framing Identity, Framing Society and Framing Vision, the festival participants will experience international and Danish world-class photographers for an eleven-day visual discussion of themes such as xenophobia, self-staging and photography as an art form.

When Copenhagen Photo Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in June, it is with solid international main names and young talents on the programme: Espen Rasmussen (NO), Mary Frey (US),Per Bak Jensen (DK), Fiona Tan (NL) and Keld Helmer-Petersen (DK) and solo exhibitions of talents selected from 217 applicants, such as Franziska Gilli (IT), Marco Marzocchi (IT), Jana Sophia Nolle (DE), Mathias Løvgreen (DK), Garrett O. Hansen (US) and many more. On the occasion of the anniversary, the festival this year has a special focus on Danish photo art through exhibitions and activities in the capital's urban spaces -from public transport over central places in Copenhagen to city life around the harbor bridges. Festival Director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen elaborates:

“We would like to use the anniversary to celebrate the Danish photographers –from the early masters as Tove Kurtzweil and Krass Clement, international photo artists such as Astrid Kruse Jensen and portrait photographers such as Søren Solkær and not least young award-winning talents such as Mathias Svold and Ulrik Hasemann. They should be seen, so we want them out in the urban space where people are.”

Throughout the last 10 years, Copenhagen Photo Festival, as Scandinavia’s largest festival, has put the photo on the agenda with names such as: Mario Testino, Søren Solkær and Robert Doisneau, Trine Søndergaard and Lee Friedlander on the programme.

The relevance of photography

Under the main categories Framing Identity, Framing Society and Framing Vision, the festival hosts a large number of talks and exhibitions at galleries, in exhibition spaces and art galleries in Copenhagen and Malmö, where both Danish and international photographers discuss and explore themes such as xenophobia, self-image and the photograph as an art form: What role does the photograph play as news provider, creator of identity and third eye in a time of fake news, and where the truth no longer can be seen in a picture?And what is the medium capable of now that we are all photographers?

Festival center at Refshaleøen

This year, the festival center has moved to Refshaleøen –Copenhagen's new district for art, culture and culinary experiences. Here, exhibitions, talks and events are held in the area's raw locations, and the festival participants can look forward to activities in collaboration with several of the island's actors such as Copenhagen Contemporary, Reffen –Street Food and others.