The Photoszene

Cooperative, proactive, participative!


The International Photoscene Cologne was founded in 1984 as an initiative between the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and the German Society for Photography (DGPh) in continuation of the picture shows organised by L. Fritz Gruber. The primary goal was to organise the festival "Internationale Photoszene Kön", which always took place parallel to the major world photography fair - photokina - throughout the city and showcased the photographic holdings of Cologne's cultural scene - from museums and galleries to independent art spaces and libraries. In 2018, photokina, founded in 1950, took place for the last time. Since 2019, the festival of the photographic scene has returned to a biennial rotation. Since its first edition in 1984, the participatory festival has established itself in the city and today shows around 100 exhibitions that attract up to 100,000 visitors.

Internationale Photoszene Köln
non-profit organization (limited liability)
Im Mediapark 7
DE-50670 Cologne

+49 (0)221 - 96 67 23 77

Office hours:
Mo - Thu 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.