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The Fotosommer Stuttgart is changing and stays true to itself: Our enthusiam for photography remains the same, but our activities are being reformed. Some of it is already realised, others is in the making. See for yourself:

The FOTOSOMMER e.V. permanently wants to be present at an inviting location in central Stuttgart. There it presents exhibitions, realizes events and projects and encourages the exchange beween photographers and other artistic disciplines. Furthermore it acts regionally and internationally as a network partner and in cooperations.



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What is photgraphy today? For years this questions has repeatedly been asked. Technical, political and social conditions have steadily been changing and advancing since the FOTOSOMMER started 2002. Photographers and artist working with photography continiously have to deal with this changing medium – also regarding artistic practice.

At the same time an increasing number of cities host festivals which are steadily growing larger. Until 2010 the FOTOSOMMER steadily grew as well: 2002 it began as a show of a young Stuttgart photography scene on the premises of the 14/1 Gallery. 2010 it then presented itself as one of the greatest German exhibition fetsivals on the premises of the 'Kunstgebäude am Schlossplatz' with an international Award Show, Fokus 0711, Fokus Cardiff and a broad spectrum of exhibitions in Stuttgart galleries and institutions.

Soon after it showed that the need for a direct and differentiated exchange was growing. It was obvious that the three-year rhythm of the festival had to be changed. Therefor several exhibitions and conferences were initiated 2012 and 2013 with the title „European Prospects“. These european wide FOTOSOMMER events deal especially with european realities in a changing society and their effects on the photographic picture.

In the center of this festival is a FOTOSOMMER DAY on JULY 19th 2014 in cooperation with the Württembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart. On this day the question which contemorary platform for current photography is best suited will be focussed on.

The FOTOSOMMER-Team would like to thank everyone who had their share on making the FOTOSOMMER 2014 a success and wishes all visitors exciting discoveries, as well as many encounters and an insightful exchange! Austausch!


Review – Insight – Outlook
In Cooperation with the Württembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart

19. July 2014
QUERUNGEN, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Schlossplatz 2

In what way has the medium photography changed since the first FOTOSOMMER in 2002? How did the festival itself develop? And what format is suitable in the future as a platform for contemporary photography?
Everbody interested are gladly invited todiscuss these questions with local and international protagonists from the photgraphic scene.


FOTOSOMMER Stuttgart 2014 is supported by:

stgt prolab swbank

Cooperating partner:






FOTOSOMMER STUTTGART 2013 – Special Events


Conference 'Centre and Periphery: or how to put yourself on the map'

Thursday 15 August 2013 19.30

Lecture 1 Prof. Cindy Gates, FB Design Photography/Film/Multimedia, FH Dortmund
Get together

Friday 16 August 2013 10.00

Lecture 2 Søren Lose, Photographer, Copenhagen
Lecture 3 Ute Noll, Curator and Editor, Stuttgart
Lecture 4 David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery Wales, Cardiff

The conference will focus on the issue what it means 'to be European' no matter if living in centres or in
the periphery. It raises questions about visual convergence in an increasingly mobile society, about how
to be visible in Europe's art-world, about contemporaneity of diverse lifestyles and mentalities.

Opening of the exhibition on Friday 16 August 2013 19.30

I See Europe! - A visual journey in various chapters
at Kunstbezirk Gallery, Leonhardsplatz 28, 70182 Stuttgart
Friday, 16 August 2013 to Sunday, 15 September 2013

The exhibition will present European photographers taking their personal look at 'Europe as lived' and
turning their observations into a multi-facetted photo essay.


(programme changes possible)

I See Europe! and Centre and Periphery are projects within the European Prospects programme realised by Fotosommer Stuttgart ( in cooperation with Ffotogallery Wales, Cardiff (, the Lithuanian Photographers Association, Kaunas Department ( and Photographie Au Château d’Eau, Toulouse (

With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union, Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart (State Capital Stuttgart), Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg), European Cultural Foundation

Award Sponsor: Südwestbank AG, Stuttgart (
Additional funding: prolab Fotofachlabor GmbH, Stuttgart (,
quintessence design, Stuttgart




European Prospects – Visual Explorations in an Undiscovered Continent

Conference and workshops

Monday, 23rd July to Wednesday, 25th July 2012
at Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart (Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design)

organized by
FOTOSOMMER Stuttgart in cooperation with
Ffotogallery Wales, Cardiff
FAMU – Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
Lithuanian Photographers Association, Kaunas Department




The FOTOSOMMER Stuttgart 2010: fivehundredsixteen applications for the AWARD Show from twentytwo countries and four continents, containing threethousandsixhundredzwelve pictures, which the jury reviewed. Thirtyone photographers, which were selected t present their works; three prize-winners. Additionally: twentyfour artists, which were presented at the FOKUS 0711 – CULT, eight artists from Wales at FOKUS Cardiff, thirtysix galleries, which participated in the GALLERY Shows, fivethousand official hours for visitors, a carefully estimated...


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