The leading festival for discovering and celebrating photography in Southeastern Europe.
Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography and related media in Southeastern Europe. The festival attempts to bring together a range of different perspectives from emerging and established artists and photographers from all over the world with the aim to raise awareness and foster an understanding of contemporary culture and society through photography in all its forms.
The Festival works within an international, national and local context, encompassing a variety of activities designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary photographic practices, and to create opportunities for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and international engagement.
Under the title “Sill Searching”, Athens Photo Festival celebrates its 30 years anniversary in 2017, and continues its tradition of exploring the social impact of the ever-changing visual culture. The approach taken to the anniversary is contemporary rather than retrospective. Exploring critical issues relevant to our times and the ongoing shifts in dialogue with the past, this broad framework, attempts to create an intellectual space, where the role of photography in contemporary society can be raised and discussed. The title “Still Searching” refers also, to the festival itself as a collaborative and a dynamic platform constantly searching for a reflective and critical point of view.
The 2017 main exhibitions took place from 14 June to 30 July 2017, at the Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe). The exhibition programme was comprised of a series of solo and group exhibitions, presenting a wide spectrum of works selected through an international open call for proposals.
At the core of the festival is a range of events, including portfolio reviews, screenings, talks and discussions, workshops, and various community and participatory projects. In addition to the main venue-based programme, the festival encourages community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city.
Athens Photo Festival is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMoP), a network comprised of photography festivals in 8 European capitals that aims to foster collaboration on joint projects within a European framework.
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.
More info: https://www.photofestival.gr/home-aphf17