Overarching theme for the 2025 festival is out!

Installation view of works by Frederik Danielsen from the festival 2024. Image credit: Laura Wilhelm

We are very happy to announce that 10 July we open for submissions to become solo artists for the 2025 edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival. Deadline for applications is 8 September 2024.

For the 16th edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival we already have a lot of interesting and new initiatives in the pipeline, so it will for sure be a festival that sets new standards. But first things first! For now we unveil next year’s overarching theme, that we hope will inspire and intrigue lots of artists, photographers and collaborators. As something entirely new we have been inspired by a Danish word for the theme: 

‘Fremkaldelse / Into the Light’

The Danish word 'Fremkaldelse' is specifically connected to the photographic process. Namely, as the moment of truth, when the image comes to light – or literally is "called forth’ – on film or paper after having lain hidden in the camera's dark house. The development process fascinates because it balances skill and chemistry with chance and loss of control, so that something new and perhaps surprising appears.

To ‘fremkalde’ means to cause something to step out of the darkness and into the light - both figuratively and concretely. You shed light on what is not immediately visible. A process that requires selection and opt-out. But also patience and persistence. Qualities that are challenged in an age that celebrates quick fixes, 15 second stories and new beginnings.

In our time, the complexity of everyday life can feel like a blow to the stomach. We are confronted daily with war, conflict and climate challenges. But the intricacies of this contemporary complexity call to be brought into the light. To be seen, scrutinized patiently, shown and told about.

With the 2025 theme 'Fremkaldelser / Into the Light', we want to call out what was hidden in order to create understanding and insight. It could be uncovering hidden stories or agendas in our society or personal (self) insight. This year's theme is a call to sharpen your gaze, shed light on your own and others' blind spots or practice simply seeing.

There is also hope in the theme. Spreading light in a dark time. One can so easily feel paralysed when darkness threatens. Light and hope are therefore essential to deal with the many challenges around us.

We look forward to step into the light with you!

Deadline for submissions is 8 September 2024. 

👉🏼 Read more about the open call and how to submit your work here 👈🏼


Capturing Young Perspectives: Student Exhibitions at Copenhagen Photo Festival

What tickles the future generation of photographers? At this year's festival we are very happy to present works from a host of student photographers from some of the finest schools of photography in the Nordics. In collaboration with five Nordic camera based schools Copenhagen Photo Festival showcases student work through a series of distinctive exhibitions from 6 to 16 June at the festival center at Refshaleøen. 

Book your festival ticket online here

DMJX, Danish School of Media and Journalism – Group Exhibition – Paradox

12 photojournalism students from the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) are showcasing documentary stories that explore the theme of paradox in Denmark and around the world. Eight of these students are in the 4th semester of their Danish BA education, while four are international students from Egypt, Sudan, Australia, and Turkey, presenting their final projects. All the stories were produced during the students' studies at DMJX in the spring of 2024.

Read more about it here.

Vera School for Art & Design – Group Exhibition – Entanglement: A Vera School Perspective

VERA School for Art & Design presents its exhibition at the Copenhagen Photo Festival, featuring the diverse works of 11 students under the theme “Entanglement.” Reflecting the school's emphasis on photography as an art form, the exhibition includes experimental, conceptual, and traditional approaches. The projects explore entanglement through books, prints, and photographic objects.

Selected students offer unique interpretations, resulting in a captivating mix of perspectives. This exhibition, a culmination of months of research and experimentation, highlights the intricacies of connection and interweaving. A physical catalog will also be available, showcasing the works on display.

Read more about it here.

OsloMet – Group Exhibition – It’s in our nature

“It’s in our nature” is the graduation exhibition for 11 OsloMet photographic journalism bachelor program students. This spring, the students participated in a six-week workshop in Nepal, led by Canon Ambassador Laura El-Tantawy, in collaboration with OsloMet, Pathsala South Asia Media Institute in Bangladesh, and photo circle in Nepal. Additionally, three students traveled to Sweden, Japan, and the US for their projects. The themes explored include women’s rights in education and the workforce, elderly care, agriculture, Himalayan adventures, earthquake aftermaths, and LGBTQ+ rights. The students will develop individual projects for their final exam, create a book, and curate this exhibition.

Read more about it here.

Oslo Photography Art School – Group Exhibition – Glowing Silence

Oslo Fotokunstskole presents "Glowing Silence," an exhibition featuring student work inspired by light and its dual role in photography. The pieces showcase various styles and levels open to interpretation and quiet reflection.

Marte Bjerkmo, one of the students, describes her work: "I have taken a picture of two people that is overexposed, almost glowing. I wanted to depict their existence or non-existence while removing what could identify them, including gender and orientation. Without typical portrait details, it's hard to understand who they are or make prejudices. Gender is irrelevant, but you still try to solve the 'riddle' of their identity. The project was influenced by the AIDS epidemic in the 20th century that killed so many queer people. The glowing figures convey mystery and uncertainty, portraying lives that were never lived."

Oslo Fotokunstskole focuses on photography and film education, with around 100 students taught by professional artists. The exhibition, curated by the school's teachers and head, will be displayed in containers at the Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Read more about it here.

Copenhagen Film and Photography School –  Book Exhibition

The photo book has become a major photographic expression in recent years. At this exhibition, KBH Film and Fotoskole showcases a selection of student-made books, ranging from personal to documentary content.

Each year, second-semester students participate in a six-week program on photography, sequencing, design, and bookbinding, working with the school’s instructors and top designers and bookbinders.

Read more about the event here


Worlds connected – interview with solo artist Chloé Milos Azzopardi in Aesthetica

The opening of this year's festival is rapidly approaching and we look forward to exhibit the work by Paris-
based photographer Chloé Milos Azzopardi with her latest project, Non Technological Devices. Get ready for the show by learning more about the artist in this exclusive article published by our partners at Aesthetica Magazine. Here, Azzopardi speaks about her ecologically engaged practice and sci-fi inspirations. Plus, you can take look at dreamlike images from her back catalogue.

Image Credit: Chloé Milos Azzopardi, 2022

Chloé Milos Azzopardi (b. 1994) caught the art world’s attention with Les formes qu’ils habitent en temps de crise (2022), a “futuristic fable” about how we can reconnect with the natural world post-Capitalocene. Here, Azzopardi riffed on a concept that entered the vernacular in 2016 after historian Jason W. Moore’s Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism – a book which argues that the Earth entered a new era – the Capitalocene – in the 19th  century. According to Moore, contemporary crises are, all too often, rooted in “The Age of Capital.” Azzopardi’s photographic series imagined new interspecies relationships flourishing in an idyllic world: butterflies balancing on fingertips and nude figures emerging from the undergrowth. The power of nature was front and centre, with lightning strikes over horizon lines and a colour palette awash with deep greens and dreamy mauves.

From Copenhagen to Arles

Now, Azzopardi is touring a new project: Non-Technological Devices. The next stop is Copenhagen Photo Festival, and it’s a great fit for her ecologically-engaged practice. This year’s theme is Entanglement, highlighting artists who are making work that reflects how human beings, their environments and their actions are “co-dependently connected.”

Enter Azzopardi’s series of black-and-white images, showing low-tech sculptures made from natural materials. It has seen huge success over the past 12 months, travelling from Bristol to Melbourne, and, in July, it will land at Rencontres d’Arles, France’s iconic photography festival. In one shot, a wooden exoskeleton is layered over a hand. In another, an ice block takes the place of a virtual
reality headset. The idea: to make us think about the future of technology in a world stripped of resources – an idea that looms over us all as we continue to navigate the climate crisis.

Read the full article and interview with the artist here.


Lomography x CPF · Launching Worldwide Photo Competition

Image Credits: @Lomography 

‘Forget the rulebook and treasure life’s many surprises’ – together with our new playful and creative partner Lomography we are now launching a competition centered around the festival's 2024 theme: Entanglement! We encourage artists, photographers, and emerging talents to think creatively across time, space, and relations in all the ways we are co-dependently connected. Get a chance to win a spot at our next Photo Print Market, a DigitaLIZA, a Lomography camera, and more!

How does entanglement manifest in your world? Please submit your photos (max 20) that best represent the Entanglement theme taken on any film (or digital but shot with a Lomography art lens). Each picture must indicate the camera, film, or lens you used. With a prize for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, this competition is open worldwide and closes on June 16th. For the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, there will be the following prize:

1x Grand Prize Nordic Region
A booth at the Photo Print Market this Fall (read more about the previous edition here) + 1x DigitaLIZA Max + 1x MonoChrome Duet.

2x Grand Prize Worldwide
Free submission to the Copenhagen Photo Festival Open Call + Diana F+ Camera & Flash CMYK + 1x LomoChrome Metropolis 120.

2x Runner-up Prize
20 EUR voucher for the Online Shop.

Read the details and submit your photographs here

About Lomography

The Austrian-based brand Lomography has since 1991 created a positive, thriving community around analog photography and creative processes. In recent years they have even established The Lomo School for Photography – The Ultimate Guide to All Things Analogue – where professionals and newbies can get inspiration for their particular level of creativity and skill. 

“We’ve provided information about all the exciting experimental techniques that have been inspiring the imagination of Lomographers far and wide over the past 30 years. Users can learn how to shoot mesmerizing multiple exposures, uncover handy tips and tricks like mastering the pinhole, and read detailed explanations (that they understand) about what the hell pushing and pulling mean, and so much more.”  

Explore the Lomography universe here


Explore the Photo Scene 2024 program

From Barbara Marstrand and Christopher Egeberg to Søren Solkær, Kent Klich and Fryd Frydendahl. At the Photo Scene 2024 you can meet both shooting stars and prizewinning artists within photography from the Nordic region in our informal and cozy tipi tent at Refshaleøen 8 & 9 June. 

We invite you to join us for two days of talks, panels and screenings that dive into the many perspectives of photography from photo books and artistic processes and practices to photography's ability to document or change the world within us as well as around us. 

The Photo Scene is an informal stage located in the festival's triple tipi tent in the middle of festival center exhibition park. Anyone with an interest in visual art, storytelling, photography and the world at large is welcome to join the conversations.

You can also delve into books and prints at the adjoining Photo Book Market, get a cold drink in the bar or go for a stroll in the exhibition park. The photo scene program runs from 12 to 6 pm both days. 

Buy your festival ticket online here

Photo Scene Programme · 8 & 9 June 2024

Saturday 8 June

12.00-12.30 Disko Bay · Artist talk

Artist talk with photographer and FUTURES talent 2024 Barbara Marstrand about her recent book Still Life of Teenagers (2023).

12.30-13.00 Dogwalk Books · Panel talk

Photographer Kent Klich in conversation with Ditte Haarløv Johnsen about Klich's recent book GZA on Land and Air and a need to act and reflect on the ongoing war in GAZA through activism and photography.

13.00-13.30 Konnotation Press · Artist talk

Photographer Fryd Frydendahl in conversation with graphic designer Jacob Birch about her book Nephews.

13.30-14.00 VEHA Archive · Curator talk

VEHA archive founder Lesia Pcholka in conversation with VEHA Archive curator Vera Zalutskaya about the project and exhibition "We'll Hold a Wedding on Your Graves. Beyond VEHA Photographic Archive" which explores Belarusian culture and history from a fresh perspective and dives into the critical aspects of an archival approach.

14.00-14.30 Fatamorgana · Student-teacher talk

Fryd Frydendahl, head of Fatamorgana School of Photography, in conversation with student Silas Hjort about what it is like to attend the school.

14.30- 15.00 Book Lab · Artist Talk

Artist talk with photographer Christopher Egeberg aka Flip  about his recent book SPYO about the street artist by the same name.

15.00-15.30 Ukraine House · Curator talk

Curator at Ukraine House Kateryna Stukalova will introduce Ukraineian photography through a selection of recently published books on Ukrainian photography.

15.30-16.00 Ex Nihilo · Artist Talk

Artist Nicolai Howalt in a philosophical conversation with gallerist André Hansen about perception and photography.

16.00-16.30 Book Lab · Artist Talk

Artist talk with photographer Casper Dalhoff about his new book Normal (2024).

16.30-17.30 CPF Solo Artist · Artist Talk + Book Launch & Signing

Artist talk with Austrian solo artist Mafalda Rakoš about her new book based on the same project as the solo exhibition All in this Together presented at this year's festival. The artist will be joined on stage by her mother, psychotherapist Anna Rakoš, who has contributed to the book. The talk will be moderated by Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. The talk will be followed by a book launch and signing in Mafalda Rakoš' exhibition in FRAME.

17.30-20.00 CPF Selectees · Screening

Screening of the projects of the 11 Copenhagen Photo Festival Selectees who are presented with a group exhibition at this year's festival. The artists are Andi Galdi VinkoBjörn NilssonChristine Lorenzen Jansen van StadenKaterina TsakiriLamees Saleh Sharaf el DinNatalia KepeszSeif KousmateToby BinderVic BakinYuxing Chen

 Buy your festival ticket online here

Sunday 9 June

 12.00-12.30 Wondering Viking · Artist Talk

Photographer and founder of Wondering Viking about his work as a documentary photographer in some of the central conflict zones of the world.

 12.30-13.00 Forlaget Hjorth/Banja Rathnov Kunsthandel & Galleri· Jeanette Land Skov

An artist talk with photographer and visual artist Jeanette Land Schou. JLS talks about her photographic work, focusing on the artistic mediation between the personal/private and the political.

13.00-13.30 Edition Circle · Artist Talk

Photographer Søren Solkær will present his two recent books Black Sun and Starling. In the books he returns to the marsh lands of Southern Jutland where he originates from. It is also from here he has followed the starlings through their migration route across Europe.

13.30-14.00 Konnotation Press · Artist Talk

Photographer Luis Garcia  and editor and publisher Emilie Nilsson in conversation about the making of the photo book Beauty Beauty.

 14.00-14.30 Københavns Museum · Copenhagen Archive · Artist Talk

Talk by Ulf Svane, photographer and one of the founders of Copenhagen Archive, a visual collective focused on the history of Copenhagen, who has recently published the book Hovedstaden bag facaden. The project is currently also exhibited at Københavns Museum called Min butik.

14.30-15.00 Disko Bay · Screening

Screening of photographer Julian Slagman's project Looking at My Brother, which is presented as a book at NW Gallery by Disko Bay 14 June.

15.00-15.30 Dark Gallery · Gallery talk

Want to join an experimental, artist-driven photography gallery in Copenhagen rooted in film photography, photo documentary and immersive, interactive storytelling? Gallery members will present the gallery and its upcoming activities – and invite you to join their open community.

15.30-16.00 Tingbjerg Kulturhus · Curator talk

The curators and participants of the youth and photography project Changemakers at Tingbjerg Kulturhus in conversation about how young people can take part in and create art and not only be onlookers. Through Changemakers young people create change through photography.

16.00-16.30 Galleri Krebsen · Art Alliance · Artist Talk

Artists Ulla Hauer and Eva Hvelplund currently exhibiting at Galleri Krebsen will give insight into their photographic and artistic processes.

16.30-20.00 CPF Selectees · Screening

Screening of the projects of the 11 Copenhagen Photo Festival Selectees who are presented with a group exhibition at this year's festival. The artists are Andi Galdi VinkoBjörn NilssonChristine Lorenzen Jansen van StadenKaterina TsakiriLamees Saleh Sharaf el DinNatalia KepeszSeif KousmateToby BinderVic BakinYuxing Chen

 Buy your festival ticket online here


Join the Festival's Exclusive Guided Tour to Louisiana

Step into The Detour of Identity, a groundbreaking exhibition where the enigmatic works of Roni Horn meet the cinematic genius of masters like Hitchcock and Bergman. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art invites CPF festival pass guests to the museum (with a 25% discount) and a free guided tour of the Roni Horn exhibition on Wednesday, June 12th at 16.30.  Unveiling hidden layers of eroticism and desire, this Nordic debut of Horn’s art promises an unforgettable journey through the subtle and profound.

About The Artist

The Detour of Identity marks the first major solo presentation of Roni Horn (b. 1955) in the Nordic region. Renowned as one of the most influential and acclaimed contemporary artists, Roni Horn's work spans photography, drawing, and sculpture. A distinctive figure in contemporary art, known for her extensive work in photography, sculpture, and drawing—her primary medium. Her exhibitions have been featured in leading museums worldwide, and she is also an accomplished writer with numerous published books. Central to Horn's art is the exploration of identity. She poses fundamental questions about self, gender, emotional language, and the relationship between nature and humanity. Her artworks serve as concrete responses, open to interpretation. 

Discounts for Guests with a Festival Pass

Helle Søndergaard, the arts facilitator at Louisiana, will take you on a tour of the current exhibition featuring acclaimed American contemporary artist Roni Horn. Horn's work spans multiple media, including film and photography. The exhibition, characterized by a seemingly razor-sharp and cool aesthetic, contrasts themes of humanity and landscape, permanence and changeability, and obscurity and transparency, all expressed through the dynamic interplay of light, water, and weather.

The exhibition delves into themes of subtle undertones, secret messages, and erotic signals, showcasing Horn’s art in dialogue with classic films by directors such as Bergman, Dreyer, von Trier, Chabrol, and Hitchcock. These pairings reveal the profound influence of cinema on Horn’s work and highlight an intense focus on sexuality, the body, eroticism, and desire—elements often hidden beneath the surface of her conceptual imagery. Key works from throughout her career are featured, illustrating these intricate themes.

Book you exclusive free guided tour ticket here (you have to show the festival pass too)

Image Credit: Roni Horn, Cabinet of, 2001-2002, C prints, 36 parts (detail). Courtsey kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth ©Roni Horn

GRAND OPENING · Come celebrate with us!

Come celebrate photography and the opening of our 15 year anniversary edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival with DJs and free beers for the first 150 guests, kindly provided by Nørrebrew.

Thursday 6 June, 17-23 at our Festival Center · Refshalevej 173c

Exhibitions opening at the festival center

Chloé Azzopardi · Emanuele Occhipinti Mafalda Rakoš · Marcus DeSieno · 2024 CPF Selectees · 2024 Nordic FUTURES Talents · DMJX – Danish School of Photo Journalism · KBH Film&Fotoskole · Oslo Fotokunstskole Oslo Met · Vera Skole for Kunst & Design

DJ Lineup for the Grand Opening

17.00-20.00 · Henrique de Sousa
20:30-23:30 · Atusa & Angel

In the spirit of our passion for lens based media and the festival’s history, we will be honouring all our past and present partners, collaborators, artists, and contributors. At the festival center we are featuring fifteen selected artists, four of whom will be showcasing their work in solo exhibitions embodying the theme of this year: Entanglement.

We look forward to seeing you for a celebration at the festival center on Refshaleøen as well as at all of our amazing partnering exhibitors around Copenhagen during the festival and we encourage you to explore the amazing program of more than 50 exhibitions and hope to see you at one of the many amazing events.

Image credits: Header photo: Rebecca Buonostro | Invitation/signature image · Chloé Milos Azzopardi · Non Technological Devices, 2023 | Video from 2023 festival: Sonia Tomegros


Solo Artist Workshops

At the festival center we now exclusively offer the chance to work with two of our 2024 exhibiting solo artists, Chloé Milos Azzopardi and Mafalda Rakoš. Get an insight into their approach to working with photography, learn their techniques and create your own photographic project.

 

Crafting compositions

With Chloé Milos Azzopardi you will be crafting elements to use in your own photographic scenery. By using organic materials, you will build your own composition, shoot and print it. You will be working with elements such as wood, stone, ice and dirt, all provided at the course. You will learn to tie the elements in different knots create your own non-technological devices. Once your own natural structure is built, you will take a photo of your work and print it.

You will learn how to link different media and create photographic fiction, by mixing construction, performance, storytelling and photography. Furthermore you will get an insight into the symbiotic relationship between art and the environment. Participants will come back home with their personal work of art.
Learn more about the artist

Creative portrait photography

With Mafalda Rakoš, you are invited to reflect on the notion of entanglement by creating your own photographic portrait project. Join an introductory conversation, where group discussions will be focusing on personal experiences related to either being photographed or capturing photographs.

This workshop aims to enhance participants' awareness of sensitive themes and foster confidence-building interactions between photographer and subject.

In pairs, you will be creating a portrait of one another, setting the space, selecting the photos and printing them. Additionally, participants will be encouraged to engage in artistic expression by drawing on printed images to convey emotions and thoughts. Participants will come back home with their personal work of art.
Learn more about the artist

What · Where · When

Photography workshops

At the festival center

Both are 8 June, 11:00 - 14:00

Book your seat to 'Crafting compositions' here

Book your seat to 'Creative portrait photography' here

 


Explore this year's exhibitions with our guided tours

Get an in-depth experience with this year’s theme and the exciting exhibitions in our unconventional festival space on Refshaleøen with a guided tour by art historian and former gallerist Camilla Rohde Madsen. 

You can now book a unique, tactile and thorough tour introducing all the artworks at Copenhagen Photo Festival’s exhibition park on Refshaleøen. Explore our festival centre and discover our four solo shows and a group exhibition showcasing our 15 selected international photographers in total. Get an insight into the artists' practice, their approach to photography and the way, their works relate to the theme 'Entangelment'.

There will be three slots daily:
June 11th to 13th
11:30-13:00 · 14:00-15:30 · 16:00-17:30

Tours will be either in Danish or English, depending on the participants.
The groups will be of max 20 participants.

Booking
Find more info and book directly on this link.
Price: 185 DKK pr person + entrance to the festival.


Photo book market and Photo Scene 8 & 9 June

Image credit: Stinus Duch 


Come and celebrate your passion for photography with other photo enthusiasts, book aficionados and everyone with a curious heart towards lens based media. Experience and buy photo books from some of the most passionate photo book publishers on the Nordic photo scene.

Join us at our Festival Center on Refshaleøen June 8th and 9th between 11 and 6 pm, where this year's photo book market will take place in our cozy triple tipi tent. At the market you can meet and talk with publishers, photographs and book sellers, who are highly engaged within the art of photography and photo books and have a unique knowledge of the photo book tradition.

Simultaneously you can join the talks, book launches, screenings and discussion at the Photo Scene, with talks, launches, screenings and other contributions, to elaborate all the great publishers, exhibition partners and artists. On site there will be possibilities to buy food and drinks.

The participating contributors and publishers are:

BOOK LAB · Books & Music · DISKO BAY · Dogwalk Books · EDITION CIRCLE · Banja Rathnov Galleri & Kunsthandel · FORLAGET Tidløs · K.E Books · Konnotation · Marrow Press · KATALOG · NW Gallery Cph · Forlaget Rhodos · Space Poetry · Void · FORLAGET WUNDERBUCH · Wondering Viking · CPF Artists, Prints and books

What · when · where · who?

The photo book market takes place 8th & 9th of June between 11 am to 6 pm in a triple tipi tent at the Festival Center on Refshaleøen. To access the market and stage, a partout ticket for the festival is required.

Fotos: Stinus Duch, Christine Almlund