The 5th Triennial of Photography, Hamburg's most important photo festival, came up with numerous events at the festival tent and at five partaking cinemas from March 31 to April 6, 2011.

During the one-week festival, more than 5000 local and foreign guests visited lectures, presentations, discussions, and talks with renowned experts and photographers at the Triennial tent sponsored by Pilsner Urquell and at five of Hamburg's cinemas. Moreover, remarkable 100.000 visitors frequented the 35 photo exhibitions at museums, cultural institutions, galleries, and other venues in and around Hamburg.

Opening party at the Triennial Tent

More than 400 guests attended the opening of the Triennial at the tent and more than 1.000 guests were at the House of Photography on March 31, 2011, while at the same time eight exhibitions opened up – »Portraits in series. Photographs of a century« at the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the 1/Award at the Triennial tent as well as »The Twins« and »Joe Dallesandro. Superstar« at the House of Photography – just to name a few.

On April 1, the 5th Triennial of Photography started its large one-week festival program under the motto »Crossing Boundaries. Photo-Film-Photo« with an eight-hour panel discussion on multimedia productions. Uwe H. Martin hosted the discussion with renowned experts such as Briony Campell, Henrik Kastenskov, Andreas Herzau, Kai Schächtle, and Christian Frey.

When, every evening at 9 p.m., the Hamburg photo scene and interested visitors gathered for the show »Spotlight«, Uwe H. Martin showed multimedia highlights and then gave young artists and gallery owners a forum for presenting photographic works on the subject »Crossing Boundaries«.

The two round table talks, dealing with the future-oriented subjects »Visual heritage. A national task?« and »Future photo festival«, also attracted wide interest.

Sold out, having more than 100 participants, there was also a lot of positive feedback on the lecture series »Crossing Boundaries. Photo-Film-Photo« that reworked the central theme of the 5th Triennial of Photography according to the findings of the art and cultural sciences, as well as on the presentation of Blurb, an online platform for portfolios and books. Also very well visited were the portfolio viewing, organized by the Friends of the House of Photography, and a guided tour to 5 exhibitions of the Triennial.

Highlight of the numerous events was the presentation of works of young artists on the subject »Visions on Film« that was shown on ten screens at the Triennial tent. Besides, more than 100 visitors participated in a lottery to win either tickets for the subsequent documentary film festival or for the exhibitions »The Twins« and »Joe Dallesandro. Superstar« at the House of Photography.

In addition to the events at the Triennial tent, the talks at 5 of Hamburg's cinemas with famous filmmakers and photographers were main attractions of the photo festival. More than 900 visitors came to watch the films on Elliott Erwitt, presented by his wife Pia Frankenberg, to attend the talk on »The Photographer« with Benjamin Katz and Jürgen Heiter, and to experience Wim Wenders, who illustrated the change of the image through his movies »Palermo Shooting« and »Antonioni's Blow Up«. Also well visited were the talks with the Swiss photographer and filmmaker Alberto Venzago and the Indian documentary filmmaker and photographer Dilip Mehta. At the Alabama Kino, the renowned filmmaker Elfriede Mikesch spoke on her film »Execution. A Study of Mary« that was accompanied by an introduction of international photo films. Likewise outsold, Volker Gerling presented his show on the flip book at B-Movie.

On the occasion of the 5th Triennial of Photography Hamburg, April 2, the Friends of the House of Photography again gave young photographers the chance to get advice from photo editors and experts from publicity and picture agencies, galleries, and universities. After the portfolio viewing, they could participate in the Photo Walk at the House of Photography.

For the second time, the Best Portfolio Award was tendered among the participants of the portfolio viewing. The best portfolios submitted on the motto of the Triennial »Crossing Boundaries. Photo-Film-Photo« were then presented at the Deichtorhallen, selected by the jury of the portfolio viewing with members such as Wencke Karla Bugl, Digital TV STERN/; Karen Fromm, photo and press agency FOCUS; Silke Güldner, Coaching for Photographers, Ulrike Jürgens, Scholz & Friends; Anja Kneller, G+J Corporate Media, photo editor; Prof. Ute Mahler, HAW University of Applied Sciences, Fabian Mohr, ZEIT Online, Ingo Taubhorn, House of Photography, and Dr. Henriette Väth-Hinz, Triennial of Photography.

The next Triennial of Photography will presumably take place in fall 2014. The exact date will be announced soon.

Zeit-Stiftung Gerd und Ebelin Bucerius
Kulturbehörde und
die Behörde für Wirtschaft und Arbeit der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg
Pilsner Urquell
Gruner + Jahr
California Sunbounce
Chroma TV
CCP Atlantik Film Hamburg
Hamburg Marketing GmbH

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Since 1999, the Triennial of Photography has taken place every three years in Hamburg in collaboration with the city’s major museums, cultural institutions, galleries, and other organizers. Meanwhile, the festival has become an important event throughout Germany and internationally. With a large number of exhibitions under a common theme, it highlights current topics in photography. The festival features conversations with artists, thematic discussions, lectures, portfolio viewings, and an international conference.

The Triennial of Photography originated as an initiative of the photographer and collector F. C. Gundlach. Since 2014, the event has been organized by Deichtorhallen Hamburg GmbH.

The theme of the 7th Triennial of Photography in 2018 will be BREAKING POINT. SEARCHING FOR CHANGE

Krzysztof Candrowicz will serve as artistic director of the upcoming Triennial of Photography for a second time after the festival in 2015.




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