What to See at the European Month of Photography 2018 in Berlin?

September 15, 2018

Germany’s largest photo festival, the European Month of Photography Berlin is coming back for its 8th edition. Taking place every two years since 2004, it has been showcasing the broad spectrum of historical and contemporary photography in formats ranging from outdoor exhibitions and large museums shows to individual and group presentations in galleries and project spaces.

For the second time, the event will open at C/O Berlin at Amerika Haus, with EMOP Opening Days presented by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in cooperation with C/O Berlin being one of the highlights of this year’s Berlin Art Week.

Focusing on the topic Photography and Temporality, EMOP will bring together renowned photographers, curators, media experts, archivists, and publicists. The comprehensive exhibition program will be accompanied by panel discussions, artist talks, performances, live acts, and workshops for all ages.

Paolo Roversi - Meg, Alaïa Dress, 1987, Vivian Maier - Selbstporträt, 1956
Left: Paolo Roversi - Meg, Alaïa Dress, 1987 © Paolo Roversi / Courtesy of Helmut Newton Foundation / Right: Vivian Maier - Selbstporträt, 1956 © Estate of Vivian Maier / Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

Exhibitions at C/O Berlin

As part of this year's festival, C/O Berlin will host two exhibitions: Back to the Future. The 19th century in the 21st century and Nicholas Nixon. Life Work.

The exhibition Back to the Future. The 19th century in the 21st century is initiated by Foam — Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and curated in collaboration with C/O Berlin. The show will juxtapose works by contemporary artists, such as Matthew Brandt, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Thomas Mailaender, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, and Johan Österholm, with works from the 19th-century artists Anna Atkins, Karl Blossfeldt, and Warren de la Rue. The exhibition will highlight the way contemporary artists experiment with techniques, methods and processes from early 19th-century photography.

The concurrent exhibition Nicholas Nixon. Life Work will present Nicholas Nixon's acclaimed series The Brown Sisters. Beginning in 1975, the series includes portraits of his girlfriend Bebe together with her three sisters taken each year over a period of several decades. This compelling photographic project tells of the moment, of transience, of the sisters’ changing relationships to each other, but also addresses the nature of photography.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled Film Still #2, 1977, Herbert List - Herr und Hund, Portofino, 1936
Left: Cindy Sherman - Untitled Film Still #2, 1977, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York / Right: Herbert List - Herr und Hund, Portofino, 1936 © Herbert List Estate, Hamburg / Courtesy of Johanna Breede PHOTOKUNST

The Program

The European Month of Photography 2018 will offer around 120 exhibitions and over 300 events in just under 110 participating institutions. This comprehensive program will be accompanied by curator-led tours, studio visits, artist talks, performances, film and concert screenings, and guided tours.

This year, the section Book Days 2018 will be presented as RESET: Photobooks, curated by Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish and Be Happy, in collaboration with C/O Berlin.

Among highlights of the festival is the exhibition by Leica Camera Ag showing the twelve finalists of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award at the Neue Schule für Fotografie. The list of this year's finalists includes Ernesto Benavides from Peru, Vanja Bucan from Slovenia, Daniel Chatard from Germany, Stephen Dock from France and Max Pinckers from Belgium, among others.

Jürgen Klauke - Siebziger, 1974, Guido W. Baudach / Right: Nicolai Howalt - Wavelength, a.d.S. Light Break, 2014-2017
Left: Jürgen Klauke - Siebziger, 1974 © Jürgen Klauke, VG-Bildkunst / Courtesy of Galerie Guido W. Baudach / Right: Nicolai Howalt - Wavelength, a.d.S. Light Break, 2014-2017 © Nicolai Howalt / Courtesy of Nicola i Howalt and Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen

Practical Information

The European Month of Photography 2018 will take place at over 100 institutions throughout Berlin from September 28th until October 31st, 2018. The Opening Days will be September 28th, 29th and 30th with the opening reception at C/O Berlin Foundation on Friday, September 28th, 2018.

For more information, visit the official website of the event.

The List of Exhibitors at The European Month of Photography Berlin 2018

Featured image: Gregor Sailer - Carson City VI / Vårgårda, Sweden, 2016, aus der Serie “The Potemkin Village”, Ed. 5 + 2 AP © Gregor Sailer / Courtesy of Kehrer Galerie. All images courtesy of the European Month of Photography.