OPEN CALL 2023 – Last Call for Entries

The deadline for submissions for our OPEN CALL 2023 is rapidly approaching and we are looking so much forward to exploring your take on this year's theme: 'Rewilding'. You can of course read much more about the call via the link below, but most importantly please note that:

The deadline for submission is 1 November!

In the video below Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, our very own festival director and member of the jury selecting the winners of the OPEN CALL 2023, takes us on a tour of the festival exhibition park on Refshaleøen and introduces the open call, the overarching theme of ‘rewilding’ and some of the many possible ways to approach the theme. 

“What happens if we want to ‘rewild’ photography? Rewild photo journalism? The story? The snapshot?” - Festival Director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen

Go to the open call submission page here

Learn more about the open call 2023 here


Open Call – Frequently Asked Questions

Photo credit: Christine Almlund

What are you looking for? What can be submitted? What’s the theme? What does it require? What can I win? Who can apply? When is the deadline? The deadline for the OPEN CALL 2023 is rapidly approaching, so to help you getting an overview of the process we have listed the answers to the most frequently asked questions below!

Who can apply?⁠ ⁠

The open call for CPF 2023 is for all photographers and artists who want to break new ground and challenge the idea of what photography is and can be, now and in the future. You can apply on your own or as a group – we are very open for fruitful and creative collaborations that make sense within this year’s overarching theme. So go ahead and grab your next door land artist or team up with an inspiring (landscape) architect, light designer or someone else who can challenge the medium of photography! ⁠ ⁠

What’s the theme?⁠ ⁠

Copenhagen Photo Festival's theme for the open call in 2023 is 'Rewilding' – understood in its widest sense. We have chosen the theme to connect with the celebration of Copenhagen as UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture, the sustainability theme and to build bridges to our own exhibition park situated in the urban wilderness of Beddingen on Refshaleøen, which used to be an industrial shipyard building site. We look forward to being rewilded!⁠

What can I submit?⁠ ⁠

Photographic works or lens based projects in any form. We are looking for works within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art, so the span of genres is very wide. ⁠ ⁠We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.⁠ ⁠

What does it require?⁠ ⁠

You have to submit a project description and at least 10 images of your project. You can only submit one project and it must not have been exhibited in Denmark before. To participate in the call you have to pay a fee of €47. ⁠

What can I win?⁠ ⁠

The winners will get the opportunity to have their own solo exhibition in the heart of the festival's exhibition park, a fee, financial support to travel and accommodation, targeted PR via our platforms, networking opportunities and much more.⁠ ⁠

What are you looking for?⁠ ⁠

We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way – within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.

What are you looking for?⁠ ⁠

We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way – within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.

Read more about the OPEN CALL 2023


Hvad sker der på fotoscenen?

English below

Hvem har lige udgivet en fed fotobog? Hvilken udstilling er et must-see? Og var der ikke noget med en fantastisk film om fire kvindelige fotografer i Grand for nylig?

Vi i teamet bag CPF har ofte savnet et sted, hvor man kunne orientere sig om dansk og nordisk fotografi. Det er vi måske ikke de eneste, der har. Måske ville vores mange fotoengagerede følgere faktisk også blive glade for anbefalinger til den næste tankevækkende fotooplevelse?

Vi ved det ikke. For vi har hverken lavet en brugerundersøgelse eller fokusgrupper. Det er blot en mavefornemmelse. Men vi ved, at vi er godt orienteret i fotomiljøet og ofte også får skønne tips om fantastiske fotooplevelser. Desværre har vi ikke altid haft mulighed for at dele dem. 

Et naturligt samlingspunkt

Så måske skulle vi gøre en indsats for at dele dem og selv være det samlingspunkt? I vores arbejde har vi helt naturligt snitflader til mange forskellige aktører på fotoscenen – fra kunstnere, gallerier og museer til dokumentarfotografer, fotobogforlag og mange internationale samarbejdspartnere.

Få nyheder fra fotoscenen i din indbakke

Derfor har vi nu besluttet at gå i luften og simpelthen prøve et format af, hvor vi deler vores personlige anbefalinger og aktuelt nyt fra primært den danske fotoscene i vores nyhedsbrev. Ambitionen er at sende noget ud ca. hver anden eller tredje uge. 

Vi håber, I vil tage vel imod det – det er som I fornemmer stadig under udvikling! Vi tager derfor rigtig gerne imod tips og konstruktiv feedback på konceptet. Kontakt os på info@copenhagenphotofestival.com

Hvis du ikke allerede abonnerer på vores nyhedsbrev, kan du skrive dig op her

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What's happening on the Nordic photo scene?

Shout out to all our lovely followers in the Nordic countries! Get our best tips and recommendations to photo exhibitions, events, books and more: Our new photo recommendation initiative is now live via our newsletter!

We – in the team behind CPF – have often longed for a place to get the latest news about Danish and Nordic photography. We are probably not the only ones. Maybe a lot of our photo enthusiastic audience would actually also appreciate qualified recommendations for the next thought provoking photo exhibition, engaging photo talk or joyful photo book?

Get news about the photo scene via our newsletter

We actually do not know – we have not made a user survey or a focus group. It is just a gut feeling – our passion jolting! Therefore we have now decided to try a new format out, where we will share our recommendations and news from primarily the Danish photo scene in our newsletter. 

Our ambition is to publish the recommendations in Danish to our Nordic audience every two or three weeks to test the format. Our hope is to follow up with recommendations in English too for our international newsletter followers.

Sign up here

We hope you will! And do not hesitate to contact us if you have any tips for exhilarating photo events in the Nordic region via press@copenhagenphotofestival.com


Exhibition space, artist studio or DJ venue?

Header photo: Victoria Langenecker

Are you looking for a unique, alternative setting for your next event, exhibition, or workshop? Our festival playground and venue on Refshaleøen, FRAME, might be the perfect setting for you! We use the venue each year in June, but we think that it deserves to live all year and host many more spectacular events.    

 

Photo Credits: Victoria Langenecker

Flexible spaces at affordable prices

With the Copenhagen skyline as a backdrop, our venue FRAME and its surroundings are the perfect setting for a wide range of events. It is a multifunctional building that can be re-designed to meet your specific needs or used as it is for many purposes – from exhibition space, photo studio, film location, to DJ venue, workspace or dark room!

It is possible to rent just one room or up to four rooms inside FRAME at the moment – as well as the terrasse area and courtyard outside. The basic rental price is very affordable compared to other event spaces in Copenhagen and we will happily to forward you more material on the specific rooms or send you a quote for your specific event.

Photo Credits: Kadri Rood

360-view of Refshaleøen

FRAME is a two-storey building, designed and built by the Copenhagen Photo Festival team via a sustainable and innovative process made of recycled shipping containers and is located on the former berth of the B&W shipyard for building large ship hulls. Its rooftop allows you to have a 360° view over Refshaleøen and Copenhagen.

It is located in the heart of Refshaleøen – Copenhagen’s new cultural hot spot – right in the sweet spot between Michelin-starred restaurant Alchemist, Copenhagen Contemporary, Lille Bakery and Reffen – Copenhagen Street Food.

👉🏼 Read more about FRAME and take a drone tour of the area

 

Photo Credits: Skipper Photography

Contact us for more info or a quote

If you want us to FRAME your next event, contact us at info@copenhagenphotofestival.com // +45 4244 2010

We look forward to hearing your ideas and realizing your event vision!


Online screening: Granny’s Life

All summer you have the chance to visit the outdoor, large scale exhibition Granny by the Ukrainian artist Olena Morozova on the walls of our exhibition venue Frame on Refshaleøen. The touching exhibition was part of this year’s photo festival as a part of Odesa Photo Days. It explores the relationship between the artist and her grandmother, who was once an independent feminist, but was living with dementia in the last years of her life.

As a special summer treat we can now also show Olena Morozova’s film Granny here. The film was shown in our cinema during the festival. We urge you to see Morozova’s portrait of her granny and also to support her fundraiser to get the project published – we would love to see this project as a book! 

You can pre-order the book or find more information on how to support here

Granny’s Life

“In the photos of the project Granny are my granny, me and my younger children Maria and Tymur. My granny had a very bright life, she was a really bright and interesting person with a great sense of humor. She was a doctor, a gynecologist. She started her practice in Siberia, but she dreamed of living in Kyiv and one day her dream came true. 

She was also an examplary feminist. In the Soviet days this was quite strange. All her life she did everything herself. She raised her son (my dad) by herself, she earned money, saved people's lives, helped newborns to life, she got an apartment in Kyiv herself, bought a car for her son and she never got married, but she had many lovers.

I started researching the problem of dementia when my grandmother was diagnosed with it. We talked about her illness so that she does not lose touch with reality. I also involved my children in this process, which was very helpful. 

The burden of dementia

According to the WHO, in 2017 there were more than 50 million people with dementia worldwide. 7.7 million new cases are reported yearly, each one becomes a significant burden on families and health systems. Dementia causes the brain to degenerate and it is characterized by a persistent decrease in cognitive activity with a loss of previously acquired knowledge and practical skills. From the very first manifestations to severe forms, patients require care and social support.

Glimpses of her complex and interesting character are like pearls that you acquire through the hard work of constant communication. These moments dear to our hearts, the chronicle of the struggle against "the darkness" and visions from a past life: military childhood, interesting youth, medical practice in the cruel inhuman conditions of the Russian hinterland, are the essence of the project, which has become more than a project for me. 

At a certain moment, I felt the need to photograph her in those moments when she talks about her visions. I have traced a clear relationship between memories, strong impressions and fears from my grandmother's past and painful visions in the present.

There is no happy ending in this struggle, the illness always wins, and this dread is visible. When phantasmagorias merge with reality it's always scary, and the only thing that can help is the attention of relatives and closeness.

Fundraiser to publish Granny

I think that such an interesting person and interesting life story is worth publishing in an art book. I found a book designer and publisher in Kyiv called RedZet. We did a lot of work on it already and now we have started a fundraiser to publish 300 copies of the first edition of the book «Granny».” Photographer Olena Morozova

Olena Morozova: Granny

Refshalevej 173C, Refshaleøen

 

Help us get better!

Photo: Skabertrang by Aftenskolen Fountain House at Den Sociale Blomsterhave, photo by Hans Vedsted. 

We are very curious to hear how your experience of this year’s Copenhagen Photo Festival was? What did you like? What would you like more of and how can the festival best meet your expectations in the future? 

As a festival that wants to evolve creatively and organically, meet our visitors in the best possible way and present new innovative exhibitions, emerging and established artists as well as present you with great events in a nice setting, we are always open to suggestions, constructive ideas and new partnerships. 

It only takes 5 minutes!

We therefore hope you will use 5 minutes of your time to fill out a short survey about your festival experience. You can also fill it out, if you did not attend. Either way you may have ideas, comments or suggestions for new paths or partnerships for the festival that could be interesting for us.

If you participate you get the chance to win two tickets for next year's festival. We will find the winner 15 August.

We look forward to hearing from you!  

Click here for the English survey

Klik her for at få spørgsmålene på dansk


Tine Bek’s Playful Materiality

“My work is very organic. It almost flows. I hope my works give you a sensation of feeling like you are there. That you can almost touch the sculpture or smell the food.”

Inspired by Karen Blixen’s short story Karneval and the tactility and sensuality of materials like foam and butter, the art photographer Tine Bek both explores three dimensionality, plays with fine art distinctions of materiality as well as our notions of sensory experiences in her photography. 

Tine Bek was one of this year’s five exceptional FUTURES Nordic Talents who exhibited at the festival center, where she also shared her thoughts about her practice and process.

Bek recently published the photo book “The Vulgarity of Being Three Dimensional” at Disko Bay publishers and from 24 June you can enjoy Bek’s playful works at the “Summer Crush” exhibition which opens at @ardenasbækgallery in central Copenhagen.

🎥 Sonia Tomegros Regalado /@noia_de_mon


Photo Festival Blues?

Photo: Lee Miller, solarisation self-portrait

We know the feeling: When all the enriching experiences of the 11 days of festival fun stop and the festival closes down, an urgent feeling of emptiness can set in. However, this year we have made plans to ease your festival blues. We have kept an eye out for lens-based exhibitions opening after the festival. This week three exhibitions open in Copenhagen at Basement in Vesterbro, The Royal Library and at GL Strand.

Emerging artists from KBH Film- og Fotoskole

At the independent exhibition space Basement on Vesterbro you can experience the works of this year's young, emerging artists graduating from KBH Film & Footskole from 16 june to 19 June – so do not hesitate to stop by. It is always enriching to get a peak into the projects of future art photographers. The exhibiting artists are: Ellen Hartmann Andersen, Yasmin Jalilian, Malek Bigum Ben Habhab, Siri Thorup, Pedersen, Oline Nordengaard, Elisabeth Vicoria Friis, Jón Helgi Pálmason, Kasper Søholt, Ditte Blom Nielsen, Anna Murmann Olesen, Emil Pril, Rosa Tiedje Løkken, Julie Marie Rustad, Sara-Sofie Mahony, Sigrid Ellesøe Nielsen, Niels Lensvold, Maria Buhl Christensen, Martin Belusa, Thea Tønnesvang, Emma Fager, Dicte Hostrup Sønnichsen, Josephine Motet Jessen, Sarah Arge.

Dazzling photographs by Lee Miller

The Royal Library also opens a must-see exhibition on 16 June about the photographer, model, business woman, war correspondent and gourmet chef, Elizabeth “Lee” Miller. She lived an extraordinary life herself and on top of that she was also a dazzling photographer. She both documented and played with the photographic medium: The war photographs documenting the horrors of World War II as well as he playful surreel compositions that circled around the fluctuating role of women.

Curator talk and world class contemporary art photography at GL Strand

This week another must-see photography exhibition opens at GL Strand. South African visual activist Zanele Muholi (b.1972) came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that told the stories of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives in South Africa. Today, Zanele Muholi is one of the most significant artists on the international scene. The exhibition at GL STRAND is the first major presentation of Muholi’s work to date in Denmark and includes more than 100 works documenting LGBTQI + in South Africa and presenting the full breadth of Muholi’s career to date. The Exhibition is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen and Bildmuseet at Umeå University.

On 17 June you can meet Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern in conversation with GL STRAND’s chief curator Anne Kielgast about his collaboration with Zanele Muholi and the making of the exhibition, which is the artist’s first major survey exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Tate Modern in collaboration with GL STRAND. Following the talk there will be a celebration of the opening of the exhibition.

NB! As a special treat, everyone with a Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022 ticket get a 50% discount on the entrance of this exhibition from 18 to 23 June.

Virtual gaming worlds at Øksnehallen

25 June you can experience another type of exhibition, when Øksnehallen opens the exhibition, New Worlds Emerge. The exhibition is part of a collaboration with Fotografisk Center, which shows Char Davies' virtual worlds all summer with Osmose. The exhibition explores the field of video games and how they emerge out of the minds of the creators. The exhibition is not strictly photographic but explores a border country where photography, video and fictitious worlds connects.


A Big Heartfelt Thank You

Video: Sonia Tomegros Regalado / @noia_de_mon

We want to thank everyone who made Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022 so very special. We are so happy for every single visit to the festival venue and at all the festival partner venues across Copenhagen and Scania – we are grateful you were part of this year's festival!

And of course we also want to thank everyone who made this year’s Festival Center so very special and worth the visit: Our three international solo artists, Hien Hoang, Alexandra Rose Howland and Krista Svalbonas, Tofu Collective’s exhibition at the Space Frame with Chinese artists Luo Yang and Lin Zhipeng, DMJX’s presentation of three photo journalistic talents Jesper Houborg, Louise Herrche and Mads Frost, Odesa Photo Days’ two exhibitions Granny by Olena Morozova, the group exhibition The Thin Line and the Norwegian curator Charlotte Wiig’s group exhibition of a host of female photographers called A Female Gaze and not least the five selected FUTURES Nordic Talents, Iben Gad, Tine Bek, Oscar Scott Carl, Inuuteq Storch and Luna Scales.

Thank you to our generous supporters and helping hands

We are also grateful for all the generous supporters financing the exhibitions: Københavns Kommune, Det Obelske Familie Fond, Creative Europe Programme, Nordic Counsel of Ministers and Værksted for fotografi as well as all the helpful and supportive volunteers and staff that make this festival physically appear at all.

Last but not least we want to thank everyone arranging events and exhibitions around Copenhagen and Scania from the many festival partner venues, the gallery walks and artist talks to DJ sets, sound and image equipment people and all the people engaging with the amazing world of contemporary photography – we genuinely appreciate your flexibility, engagement, good work and happy spirits – we love to make this festival with you!

Thank You! Click here to see all partners and supporters!


Festival Programme for the Weekend

Still not quite sure what to do this weekend? Don't know what to see? We've got the perfect remedy. The last weekend of the festival is going to be buzzling with activities and events at our Festival Center, so do not hesitate to stop by!

To help you navigate here's the programme for this weekend at the Festival Center – to learn more click on the event!

Friday 10 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park 

4-6 pm NFT-Friday with eyeeye.me

5 pm: Apéro with DJ Henrique Hinnerfeldt – enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR

Saturday 11 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park: 

11 am-4 pm Photo Book Market with more than 15 publishers

4 pm: Apéro talk – meet the FUTURES NORDIC TALENTS Iben Gad, Tine Bek and Luna Scales for a tour and a talk of their exhibition and enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR.

Sunday 12 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park.

11.30 am - 2.30 pm Cyanotype Workshop by Fotografi på Godsbanen.

1- 4 pm Polaroid Transfer Workshop by Sille Juline Høgly Petersen

4 pm: Apéro light  – enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR

AND as a special closing event:

3 pm GUIDED ART TOUR of the FUTURES Nordic Talents exhibition at Til Vægs in Lundtoftegade with festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen and Søren Emil Schütt from Til Vægs.

We hope to see you this last festival weekend!