May 12th - 21st 2023


Das Photoszene-Festival ist ein biennales Fotografiefestival, das im gesamten Stadtgebiet Kölns stattfindet. Seit seiner ersten Ausgabe im Jahr 1984, in Fortsetzung der von L. Fritz Gruber organisierten Bilderschauen zur Messe photokina, etablierte sich das partizipative Festival in der Stadt und zeigt heute jedes Jahr zahlreiche Ausstellungen zur Fotografie und verwandten Bildmedien, die bis zu 100.000 Besucher:innen anziehen.

Das nächste Festival wird vom 9. Mai - 8. Juni 2025 stattfinden.


The Photoszene-Festival is a biennial photography festival that takes place throughout the city of Cologne.
Since its first edition in 1984, as a continuation of the photo shows organized by L. Fritz Gruber for the photokina trade fair, the participatory festival has established itself in the city and today presents numerous exhibitions on photography and related visual media every year, attracting up to 100,000 visitors.

The next Photoszene-Festival will take place from May 9 - June 8 2025.

The Festival 2023

May belongs to photography! Seven exhibitions at ten locations in Cologne form the core programme of the Photoszene Festival from 12-21 May 2023 in Cologne, including current photographic positions in the Photoszene Co-Labs! and the residency project Artist Meets Archive #3. In addition, over 70 museums, galleries and art spaces in Cologne are participating in the programme with diverse exhibitions. Also taking part: the NEXT! Festival of the Young Photo Scene, the Thousandfold Photobook Fair, our Portfolio Review and the symposium Research Meets Artist. Tune in!

Visitor Information

The festival 2023 at a glance

Pablo Lerma besucht das NS-Dokumentationszentrum, 2022 © Silviu Guiman

Artist Meets Archive #3

For the third time, the International Photoscene Cologne is organising the Artist Meets Archive programme together with four Cologne institutions. As a result, Lebohang…

 Maxim Zmeyev, Type, 2021, Courtesy the artist


Photoszene is expanding its curatorial programme and is pleased to be collaborating closely with Temporary Gallery and Kunsträume am Ebertplatz and the Michael Horbach…

Research Meets Artist

As part of Artist Meets Archive #3, a dialogical symposium entitled Research Meets Artist will take place on 13 May 2023, in which Artist Meets Archive artists will meet…

 NEXT! Festival, 2022 © Thekla Ehling

NEXT! Festival

Together with its partners, the Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendfilmzentrum, the SK Stiftung Kultur and the jfc Medienzentrum, the International Photoscene Cologne organises NEXT!

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Portfolio Review Sichtbar

This year's Portfolio Review SICHTBAR as part of the Photoszene Festival is a combination of booked one-on-one talks with an expert of your choice and a Portfolio Walk.

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Thousandfold Photobook Fair

For the first time, the festival is collaborating with the Thousandfold Photobook Fair to host an international photobook market at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum on the…

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Walk! Talk! Discover!

During the festival, the Photoscene offers an extensive range of guided tours and mediation services for the exhibitions.