Alongside the fine art boom, Berlin has experienced a revival of its photography scene. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it didn't take many years before Berlin developed into a centre of attraction for young and experimental photographers. As a result, Berlin is home to 100 galleries that are either partially or fully dedicated to exhibiting photography.
Furthermore, the medium profits from Berlin's tradition of appreciating photography, which is reflected in the abundance of rich photographic content displayed in the museums. Today, the number of photography exhibitions in Berlin is over average due to the activities of private associations, foreign embassies and cultural institutions.
The European Month of Photography Berlin is the largest photo festival in Germany and has taken place in Berlin every two years since 2004, presenting numerous exhibitions and events on historical and contemporary photography.
BERLIN - CITY OF DESIGN (2006)Publisher: Projekt Zukunft
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The area of photography is eligible for culture as well as economic funding. Commercial photography is eligible for economic funding, and artistic, non-commercial photography is eligible for cultural promotion same as other forms of visual arts. There are no specific funding programs just for photographers, but all artistically working photographers can apply for the Berlin Senate’s programs for the visual arts. Other sources of funding could be the following:
Use our Funding Database looking through the Visual Arts section, there may be programs that photographers are also eligible for.
For any commissioned works and projects that are eligible for economic promotion, the criteria for economic funding and financing apply.
For this purpose, we recommend our own advisory service from Kreativ Kultur Berlin - in the area of non-commercial artistic work, you may be interested in the Kulturförderberatung (Cultural Funding Consultation). In the area of commercial independent commissioned work, we recommend the Kreativwirtschaftsberatung (Creative Industries Consultation).
We have provided an overview of all available consultation opportunities in the field of culture funding and cultural industry financing in our individual consultation section.
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Yes, on our pages. Furthermore, current tenders for photographers can be found on the following websites:
Kulturverwaltung Abteilung VD | Support of fine arts and studios
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie | Interest Group for the culture-related requirements of photography and related visual media
Verwertungsgesellschaft BILD-KUNST | Association founded of copyright-holders (artists, photographers and film authors) for the exercise of their rights
European Month of Photography | largest photo festival in Germany, has taken place in Berlin every two years since 2004
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