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.

Die Internationale Photoszene Köln versteht sich als Netzwerker und Impulsgeber und ist in diesem Selbstverständnis Mitglied in verschiedenen Interessenverbänden:

Art Initiatives Cologne (AIC) is a network of independent, non-commercial art and project spaces, art initiatives and festivals in Cologne, founded in 2015.

The Deutsche Fotorat sees itself as a cross-disciplinary interest group. Together, the members are committed to photography as a cultural asset and visual heritage, represent the interests of photographers and other stakeholders in the field of photography, and initiate public discussions on various aspects of photography.


The Chargesheimer Stipendium vor media art of the city of cologne is focused on the genres of photography, video or video installation, electronic media and sound. It is named after the Cologne photographer Carl-Heinz Hargesheimer (artist name: Chargesheimer). He became known for his dynamic-aggressive portraits of public figures and true-to-life reportages about his compatriots.

Heide Häusler and by proxy Damian Zimmermann are part of the jury of the award.