446 contemporary artists from 41 countries


Special Invitee: Steve McCurry, Magnum Photos

A Retrospective exhibiting 130 selected works

of a remarkable photographer


Emerging Talent: Yusuke Suzuki

exhibiting Aleppo, Syria – City of Chaos

& Refugee Crisis – Lesbos, Greece


 Palazzo Italia

Unter den Linden 10 (entrance on Charlottenstraße)

10117 Berlin



Berlin Foto Biennale 2016


4. Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography




6. – 30. October 2016

Throughout October 2016 Berlin welcomes once again the largest German festival for photography, the 7th European Month of Photography. As a Associate Partner of the EMOP Berlin the first edition of the Berlin Foto Biennale – and 4th edition of the Biennial for Fine Art and Documentary Photography – will take place at elegant Palazzo Italia, situated in the historic heart of Berlin.
Curator and artistic director Julio Hirsch-Hardy says:

Berlin was chosen due to the fact that it has become a cultural hub of the visual arts, as important of the other three cultural hubs of the world, New York, Paris and London.
Emotions and Commotions Across Cultures will present 1230 photos by 446 contemporary artists from 41 countries of all continents – among them 65% women, who have received the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. The works represent a wide spectrum of styles ranging from documentary and wild life, to portrait and experimental photography. Recognizing a wide array of artistic expression across diverse cultures, the Biennial presents a contemporary overview of the different schools of thought emerging from the United States to China, from Australia to Turkey and from Senegal to Mexico.
This Biennale also contains selected works by Steve McCurry. His solo exhibition ‘Retrospective’ forms part of the Biennial as special invitee. An essay by the young emerging talent Yusuke Suzuki about the refugee crisis on Lesbos and the chaos in Syria’s Aleppo is also included in this comprehensive photographic display.
The Biennial captures international trends in photography and presents us a kaleidoscope of sentiments and perceptions. In this way a photographic chronicle of our time emerges with all its emotions and commotions, visually expressed by hundreds of photographers across many cultures.
Part of the revenue from artwork sales will be donated to Save the Children. The Biennial is accompanied by a catalogue published by Kehrer Verlag.