»Bizarre Escapes – Humor in Photography«

NOTE: Due to the global corona-pandemic, »11. Darmstadt Photography Days« (DTdF) will NOT take place as originally planned from 24. April to 03. May, 2020, but is postponed until further notice. The DTdF-Team and all cooperating partners and institutions are actively working together to find a new common date for the festival, exhibitions, symposium and educational program. Updates will be released on this homepage in the (near) future.

The triennial festival »Darmstadt Photography Days« (DTdF) ranks among Germany‘s main events focused on photography. With a focus on international,contemporary photography, it sets relevant topics and facilitates an interdisciplinary discourse in the field of photography.

Twelve exhibitions showcasing works by 45 international photographers, two symposia and the photography award and group exhibition »8. Merck-Preis der Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie« facilitate encounters between the exhibiting artists and the audience.

Over the course of ten days, numerous events examine the festival‘s annual topic from different perspectives. Photo exhibitions, symposia on photography and discussions will add a deeper meaning to the medium of photography. With the presentation of the shortlisted artistic positions of the festival‘s competition and photography award »8. Merck-Preis der Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie« in a curated group-exhibition at Designhaus Darmstadt as well as by curated exhibitions at museums and off-spaces spread over the city center of Darmstadt, visitors will be able to experience contemporary photography on a whole new level.
A comprehensive catalogue traditionally gets published on the opening day of the festival.

ARTISTS participating in the exhibitions

AdeY, Ute Behrend, Katrin Binner, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Candice Breitz, Thorsten Brinkmann, Joachim Brohm, Erik Clewe, Anton Corbijn, Heiko Daniels, Götz Diergarten, Elsa & Johanna, Anja Engelke, Samuel Fosso, Manuel Frolik, Rodney Graham, Martine Gutierrez, Ren Hang, Jana Hartmann, Andy Kassier, Juergen Klauke, Frank Kunert, Ivar Kvaal, Ute Mahler, Mirko Müller, John Myers, Jana Sophia Nolle, Joseph Obanubi, Patricia Paryz, Robert Pufleb & Nadine Schlieper, Christian Retschlag, Pipilotti Rist, Johanna Schlegel, Tom-Oliver Schneider, Cindy Sherman, Alexey Shlyk, Heide Stolz, Iiu Susiraja, Nikita Teryoshin, Lars Tunbjörk, N. A. Vague, Wolfgang Vollmer, Valerie Wolf Gang, Tori Wrånes, Erwin Wurm


Naomi Harris, Erik Kessels, Dr. Sophie-Charlotte Opitz, Kevin Pauliks, 
Juergen Teller

→ Press kit  & informational material

Download the official press release about the festival’s program  (Date: 05.03.2020; dates of exhibitions and events recently changed due to corona-pandemic have not yet been updated in this document. Updates coming soon)

ANNUAL TOPIC 2020: »Bizarre Escapes – Humor in Photography«

Humor and photography have more aspects in common than it might seem at first glance. Both of them probe the status quo, exaggerate events and process experiences from a specifically selected point of view.
With carefully set precision, photography employs odd perspectives in order to visualize the world we live in as concentrated moments or by means of unconventional staging of events.

Humor charmingly takes a look at the everyday, sketching its opposite with a slightly displaced gaze, playing with superficial associations – and causing things below the surface to flare up. Humor or satire in the image are able to visualize comical situations, surprising turns and unexpected contradictions.
The distanced or displaced mode of contemplation conveys new perspectives to us – and ideally, societal action can be derived from the unexpected findings. At all events, these findings make the gravity of life more bearable and query our attitudes, values and prejudices. We look for images and series that seriously and/or comically reveal to us new viewpoints and positions.


After ten editions of the festival, the structure and concept of »Darmstadt Photography Days« was renewed in 2019 by establishing a strong partnership with Kunstforum of TU Darmstadt. Ever since, »Darmstadt Photography Days« have been presented and organised by Kunstforum of TU Darmstadt.

The Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain supports the festival as one of three triennials in the Rhein-Main-region. With its engagement, the Kulturfonds highlights the importance of contemporary photography for the region.