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Rotterdam Photo Festival

New Date and Location:

30 June -

4 July 2021

Vierhavensstraat 46, 3029 BG Rotterdam

Part of the

Rotterdam Art Week 2021.

more info

Theme | Planet Human

For its 2021 edition, Rotterdam Photo sheds light on the theme "Planet Human". That is partly inspired by the Covid-19 crisis, which brought our daily lives to a complete standstill in record time: nothing is the same anymore and our mortality suddenly no longer seems to be a 'far-from-my-bed show'. Besides a lot of panic and unrest, we are also forced to think about our way of life.

Who are we, as human beings, besides the fact that we exist? What do we leave behind? How do we express ourselves? What are our dreams? How do we experience love, pain, happiness? How do we grow? What is the role of our imperfections, the dark parts of our collective existence? Do they make us human? After all that, we can ask a pressing question: how do we capture these emotions?

Photography is the ideal tool for this, because it captures our existence in all its beauty and repugnance.

What happens to artmaking when nature takes over? Is it worth it, or is it pure vanity to want to preserve our creations for eternity, and preferably for the entire universe? Are we just snapshots ourselves? Are artworks part of the natural process, where everything returns to dust? Stonehenge, the mythical statues of Easter Island, the city of Petra in the mountains of Jordan and the Egyptian Pyramids prove the opposite: centuries later, they play a powerful proof of civilizations that are no longer there. We who enjoy these strong works of art have the duty to preserve everything that is beautiful and good, so that others - even those outside this earth - can enjoy and learn from our views later on.

Let us safeguard the legacy of the future and do everything we can to preserve our 'Planet Human' and proudly show who we are, in all our facets, good and evil. During this coming edition, Rotterdam Photo will highlight possible answers to these questions.


Cancelled | Rotterdam Photo 2021

Rotterdam Photo

Festival 2021

We regret to inform you that the Rotterdam Photo 2021 is cancelled due to the current epidemiological situation in Rotterdam related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Despite all our attempts, we can't make it this year.

However, we want to remain optimistic and we have good news for you as well. The next edition of the Rotterdam Photo 2022 XL will take place in February 2022 and we intend to make it as vibrant and big as never before. Our new format means more parties, more fun, more events, good food, more participating photographers, international collectors, curators, and creative people.

And finally, we would like to thank you all for your support and understanding during this difficult time. We hope to see you all next February and make the Rotterdam Photo great and offline again:)

We will keep you updated about all recent changes, so keep in touch.

Rotterdam Photo Team