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.


An impression of Rotterdam Photo 2020 filmed by Yeltsiny Stroop.

Rotterdam Photo offers participants and visitors a safe and pleasant stay according to the guidelines of the Dutch government. The layout of the site is such that more than 10,000 collectors, curators, museum directors and potential art buyers can be welcomed at the festival/fair in complete safety.

Given the current situation, Rotterdam Photo will, as always, take place in February. Only in the unlikely event that a second wave takes place resulting in a lockdown and/or ban on events, the February edition will be moved to the alternative date of Wednesday 30 June to Sunday 4 July 2021. In that case, registrations are automatically valid on the alternative date.


Rotterdam Photo biedt deelnemers en bezoekers een veilig en aangenaam verblijf volgens de richtlijnen van de Nederlandse overheid. De indeling van het terrein is zo dat er meer dan 10.000 verzamelaars, curatoren, museumdirecteuren en potentiële kunstkopers in alle veiligheid op het evenement te verwelkomen.

Gezien de huidige situatie zal Rotterdam Photo, zoals altijd, in februari plaatsvinden. Slechts in het onwaarschijnlijke geval dat er een tweede golf plaatsvindt met een lockdown en/of verbod op evenementen als gevolg, wordt de februari editie verplaatst naar de alternatieve datum van woensdag 30 juni t/m zondag 4 juli 2021. In dat geval zijn de inschrijvingen automatisch geldig op de alternatieve datum.


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