Inga Schneider, born in 1980, lives and works as a freelance cultural worker in the field of photography in Cologne. Her career has taken her through the study of cultural studies in Hildesheim, to Paris, Berlin and repeatedly to Poland and Eastern Europe. She worked in the photographer agency Magnum (Paris) and in the gallery Priska Pasquer (Cologne) and managed the V8 Gallery for Eastern European Photography in Cologne from 2008-2011. She supported the Environmental Photofestival Zingst in two editions with her organizational skills and the Fotobookfestival in Kassel in three editions. As a curator, she has already been able to show her own conceived exhibitions at the Museum Folkwang (Essen), at the Photomonth (Krakow) and at the KOLGA Tiblisi Photo-Festival. Inga Schneider has been involved with Photoszene Köln since 2013. Since 2018, Inga Schneider has been in charge of the Artist Meets Archive programme and since 2020 the NEXT! Festival of the Young Photo Scene.
The International Photoscene Cologne has been driven forward since the 1980s by the ideas and commitment of numerous people from the museum and gallery scene, politics and business. Since 2013, Heide Häusler has led the institution as artistic director and managing director. Together with Inga Schneider and Damian Zimmermann, she forms the Artistic Board. A whole lot of great people from the fields of art history, art, journalism and the creative industries in general are involved in the programme and the orientation of the Photoscene. With their impulses and approaches, they all ensure the polyphony of the programme.