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EXHIBITION · The Camera and Us

9 April - 31 December


The Camera and Us

As the first permanent exhibition on the history of photography in Denmark, The Camera and Us presents an extensive selection of works from the Royal Danish Library’s photography collections, which contain millions of images. The theme is the human being as a motif and the exhibition asks what photography does to our perception of ourselves and our conceptions of each other.

The daguerreotypists, the name given to history’s first photographers, fascinated the world with the new discovery in 1839. People had never before seen themselves represented in such detail and so quickly. The lifelike images were regarded as pure magic, and suddenly the art of portraiture was no longer restricted to society’s elite. Photographs of human beings spread throughout the world – today they are everywhere.

For almost two hundred years, the medium has become our most important means of communication and recollection, while at the same time it has developed as a special art form. In The Camera and Us its history is told, based on various forms of photography, which all share the fact that they characterise our present-day visual culture. From the first expensive portraits made on silver-plated copper sheets to the constant image stream of the digital age that permeates our public and private lives.


A cornucopia of photographers

The exhibition includes works by, among others, Arvida Byström, Per Morten Abrahamsen, Pia Arke, Richard Avedon, Claude Cahun, Julia Margaret Cameron, Krass Clement, Holger Damgaard, Jeannette Ehlers, Walker Evans, Per Folkver, Peter Funch, Charlotte Haslund-Christensen, Jesper Høm, Ditte Haarløv-Johnsen, Petra Kleis, Rigmor Mydtskov, Felix Nadar, Rie Nissen, Anders Petersen, Thomas Ruff, August Sander, Henrik Saxgren and Trine Søndergaard.

More information and tickets: https://www.kb.dk/en/events/exhibitions/camera-and-us 



  • Normal: 75 kr.
  • Annual Pass: Entrance free
  • Student: 30 kr.
  • Under 18: Entrance free

The ticket is valid for all exhibitions in the Diamond on the day of purchase.


Opening Hours 

Monday – Friday  10AM – 8PM

Saturday  10AM – 6PM

Sunday  Closed 


9 April
31 December
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Det Kgl. Bibliotek
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København, 1221 Danmark
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