Festival of Imaging

... is a one of a kind happening that brings alive the fascination of photography and videography through a collective playful experience. The four-day live event offers magical spaces to try out new creative ideas and equipment and supports the concept of sharing – from expert know-how on site to extensive content available online on the community platform.

A paradise

... for photo and video fans as well as all the smartphone users who strive for better pictures. And of course an ideal location for established and up-and-coming players of the imaging industry to show their products here.



Double patronage: PHOTOPIA Hamburg starts with Claudia Roth and Rankin

This year, PHOTOPIA, which will take place from October 13 to 16 in Hamburg, will have two special patrons: Claudia Roth, member of the German Bundestag and Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the British star photographer Rankin – two well-known and experienced supporters for the urban festival for photography and videography.

After last year's premiere of PHOTOPIA was co-hosted by the internationally renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth as patron, this year's Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth and star photographer Rankin will succeed her as double patrons. "The two are the ideal lineup for our urban imaging festival," explains Christian Popkes, Artistic Director of PHOTOPIA Hamburg. "And because they come from such different backgrounds, they bring yet another very different impetus - a true enrichment."


Esther Haase

The photographer Esther Haase, who lives in Hamburg and London, will provide exciting insights into her successful career and her work in photography at PHOTOPIA on Friday, October 14, at 3:00 pm. In the multifaceted work of Esther Haase many things come together: the desire to photograph but especially the desire to stage people and fashion. In her work, Esther Haase reveals the entire spectrum of an imaginative director and theater tamer, driven by empathy, chronicler of an erotic and always self-confident image of women.

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Trends & Topics

News from the industry. News from PHOTOPIA.

Emotions from the roadside

Wait, watch, react quickly. Click! Next image. Good street photography finds and celebrates the perfect moment. The masters of this genre are characterized by lightning-fast anticipatory thinking, good reflexes, aesthetic, compositional sense and empathy. Those who seek success in this field may…

Software for the peep emotion

In his new project, artist and photographer Claudius Schulze uses artificial intelligence to interpret the emotions of the bird world.

World Press Photo 2022 at the Altona Museum

September 21 - October 17, 2022, Altona Museum

The charm of blue images

The ancient photographic technique of cyanotype allows creative amateurs and professionals to experience "blue wonders". It conjures up the shadows of time on paper without much work in the sunlight.

Attention: Dad grins stupidly! The art of authentic family photos

A fake smile, awkward poses and a stock-stiff line-up like at the military parade: family portraits can quickly look pretty embarrassing. We spoke with two exceptional photographers who offer tips for more dynamic family photos and authentic images.

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The first-ever PHOTOPIA Hamburg

... will take place at the Hamburg exhibition complex from 23 to 26 September 2021, accompanied by a Festival held throughout the city. It will be an annual event. PHOTOPIA will attract exhibitors from the entire world of imaging, showcasing products and services related to photo and video recording, editing and processing, storage, displaying and sharing, including software and technology companies and many start-ups. It is open to all photography and filming professionals and enthusiasts. Apart from dealers, professional photographers, semiprofessionals, hobby photographers and photography enthusiasts, the target audience expressly includes smart phone owners who like to use their devices for recording, editing and sharing photos and videos. Exhibitors will be able to register from the beginning of September 2020. Apart from PHOTOPIA Hamburg, HMC has been hosting the highly successful FOTOHAVEN HAMBURG for the past three years, which is part of the oohh! FreizeitWelten trade fair. Open to the general public, it has since become a major meeting place for northern Germany’s photo community. It mainly focuses on travel and outdoor photography and is geared towards ambitious and aspiring hobby photographers.


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