More than ten exhibition venues in the city, each displaying the works of around 50 international photographic artists, have made Darmstadt Photography Festival an increasingly popular event in recent years.
22.04.2016 - 24.04.2016
Photography has undergone fundamental changes. Photographic references are generally accepted as proof of what has happened and what has been, although, in the case of digital photography, they have been reinterpreted by means of algorithms and sensor signals. With the gradual disappearance of analogue chemical photography, belief in the probative force of photographic images is also receding.
In an inversion of its historical self-understanding, intervention in the image-making process is becoming photography’s actual character trait. Facts, fictions and fantasies are being ever more often combined to form virtually indecomposable units in the presentation of photography and are modifying the essence of current photography just as much as the use of image-generating programs and methods.
Are we hereby just building virtual Potemkin villages or are these dealings with the image modifying the world in front of the camera, too? We’ll show photographic works which explore this new essence of photography, as well as works which attempt to think away this development or to revolt against it.
Beneath already established photographers in the main exhibition, also young artists have the chance to show their works. The mostly young photographers show their selected works within the supporting programme. These are of a high artistic quality. This promotes the meeting of the established with the artistic newcomers. A comprehensive catalogue is published to the festival.
The complete festival programme is arranged by the four initiators of Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, together with Ute Noll (on-photography.com) and Prof. Kris Scholz (h_da Darmstadt). The lecturers at the symposium as well as the artists in the exhibitions will be published at the beginning of 2016.
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