Press materials

Please, feel free to use all the texts and content below. When using images, please credit the photographers or artists - mentioning the title of their photo series. For any additional materials or inquiry, reach out to press agent Anja Linnet at or the festival team at

2021 festival posters

Ira Lupu From the series On Dreams and Screens (2020)
Ute Behrend From the series Back to nature (2018-2020)
Alastair Philip Wiper From the series Pleasure Points (2019)


View the full programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, talks, performances and music.



Copenhagen Photo Festival is the largest photo festival in the Nordic region.
Copenhagen Photo Festival returns on June 3-30, with more than 30 exhibitions spread all over galleries, museums and art institutions in Copenhagen and southern Sweden. Copenhagen Photo Festival will be brimming with creativity, experimentation and exhibitions. At our festival centre carefully selected artists turn a 10,000 m2 wasteland into an innovative exhibition park filled with the best of photography and lens-based art. The exhibition park connects the art experience with social events and open-air music supplied by DJ’s.

In June, it is all about photography seen through our three main focal points: Framing Identity, Framing Society and Framing Vision. These focal points capture the individual, society and art via exhibitions, workshops, talks and more.


Between talented emerging photographers and international established artists, Copenhagen Photo Festival's exhibitions are reunited around three focal points: Framing Identity, Framing Society, and Framing Vision. As an innovative platform for photography and lens-based art, the festival build bridges between documentary and fine-art photography.

Copenhagen Photo Festival exhibitions:
- The Solo Artists Exhibition: six well-know artists exhibited on the festival exhibition park on Refshaleøen
- The Censored Exhibition: 25 international photographers displayed their fine-art works next to CPF's exhibition park, in HAL12
- Futures Nordic Talents: 5 talents from the Nordic region exhibited on the exhibition park, in exclusive architecture students' installations
- The CPF Official Exhibition Partners: educational institutions, museums, galleries, presenting artworks all over Copenhagen and southern Sweden

The Solo Artists

The six solo artists at Copenhagen Photo Festival are selected as this year’s headliners of our three focal points: Framing Identity, Framing Society and Framing Vision. They are our way of opening up windows to other worlds and serve the purpose of showcasing photography across genres, by focusing on the individual, society and art.

Out of 642 projects, and thereof 12 shortlisted, the six chosen artists stand as the epitome of each category.

The artists headlining this year's festival are:
Alastair Philip Wiper
Hashem Shakeri
Ute Behrend
Stig Marlon Weston
Ira Lupu


The Censored Exhibition

The Censored Exhibition is an international group exhibition that seeks to present a contemporary selection of international fine-art photography.

The exhibition consists of 60 works that are selected by an international jury based on an open call. The chosen artworks will be exhibited at the festival’s exhibition park, between the 3rd and 13th of June, 2021. This exhibition is part of one of the festival’s focal points: Framing Vision, which focuses on the aesthetics and techniques of photographic expression.

The exhibition will take place in Hal 12 on Refshaleøen, for the first time. Thus, the exhibition gives new life to an older industrial building, while the building is also used actively in the installing of the works.


Futures Nordic Talents

Since 2017, FUTURES, a photography platform co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, has nurtured the development of emerging talents selected by partner art institutions and festivals across Europe.

For its fourth edition, Copenhagen Photo Festival joined FUTURES and created a new programme focusing on Nordic talent: FUTURES NORDIC TALENTS.

As an integral part of our festival we are showcasing the five finalists’ works at our exhibition park at Refshaleøen in June. The finalists are exhibiting their works in Camera Houses, designed and built by Bachelor architecture students from the Institute of Architecture and Design, Royal Danish Academy.

Io Sivertsen (Norway), Nanna Navntoft (Denmark), Essi Maaria Orpana (Finland), Lars Dyrendom (Sweden) and Hrafn Jónsson (Krummi) (Iceland).


The CPF Official Exhibition Partners

The CPF Official Exhibition Partners Programme is for institutions, photographers and visual artists who have their own space available for exhibiting.

In 2021, our Exhibition Park will be located at Refshaleøen, while the broader Official Programme will span most of Copenhagen and Southern Sweden. Our Official Programme Partners further enrich the festival by presenting the many facets of photography to both connoisseurs and the general public.


Press Photos

Alastair Philip Wiper, Pleasure Points (2019) – Exhibition

Exhibition Park – Festival Centre on Refshaleøen

Press Contact

Anja Linnet

2265 5348

Mette Ohlendorff

2856 9000

Press accreditation

Deadline for press accreditation in 2021 is June 1. Application received after this date cannot be met. Please send your application to:

Your application must include name of the media, name of the applicant as well as e-mail and phone number of the applicant.

Copenhagen Photo Festival reserves the right to check all information. Accreditations are not sent to private addresses. If you are a freelance journalist / photographer, you must document which media and editor you have a prior agreement with.

What people say

”Copenhagen Photo Festival underlines from its very first year, just how relevant the unbending photo art can be. And thus also why the festival should be an annual event on the Danish art scene.”

Matthias Hvass Borello, 2010.

“The festival celebrates photography throughout the city with a program that takes the interaction of contemporary art, everyday photography and urban space to a higher level.”

Camera Obscura Online Photography Magazine, 2011

“The experience of attending the Copenhagen Photo Festival was very productive. I saw great art exhibitions, met interesting artists and heard world-class scholarly lectures at the symposium. One of the best festivals I have attended.”

Karen Irvine, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. 2017.