Fotografiska is an international meeting place where everything revolves around photography. Located in the heart of Stockholm, the museum has an exhibition space of 2,500 square meters, and features 4 major exhibitions per year and approximately 15-20 minor exhibitions. Our exhibitions are among the city’s most popular attractions. In addition to visiting our exhibitions you can listen to concerts, eat, drink, take a photography course or even arrange an event or a conference in a creative environment.
Exhibitions are the foundation of Fotografiska. Our ambition is to exhibit world-renowned photographers, many who have never been shown in Sweden, as well as those who are not yet established. Since our grand opening, May 20th 2010, we have shown legends like Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle and Nick Brandt and introduced new photographers like Helena Blomqvist, Klara Kallstrom and Johan Wik.
We believe photography is an art form with a bright future that grows increasingly important for us humans. In addition to being a place where humans meet, we find inspiration, peace and strength from it.
One of Stockholm’s most popular attractions
Some are mysterious. Some are glamorous. Some are controversial. You wont leave them without a slightly differnt perspective than you had coming in, thats the thread that ties them all together. Fotografiska is one of Stockholm’s most popular attractions and annually attracts over 500 000 visitors.
Fotografiska isn’t just about photography
Photographs and exhibitions are the largest part of what we offer, but we also have photography courses, lectures and workshops for both beginners and professional photographers.
At Fotografiska we have a cafe, restaurant, well stocked store and gallery of photographs for sale. Our facilities may be rented out for conferences and events. We also have concerts and artist talks on a regular basis. We have something for friends, businesses, associations, colleges, elementary schools, professionals and amateurs. Yes, we have something for everyone, the possibilities are endless.
A home for photography
It all began in 1940 when the court photographer Sundgren presented a proposal for a photographic museum in Sweden. The Magazine FOTO spoke with museum directors and photographers who showed interest and enthusiasm. Although the idea of a permanent home for photography was discussed back and forth, nothing happened until 70 years later when the doors to Fotografiska finally opened in Stadsgårdskajen in Stockholm.
The initiators and founders of Fotografiska are brothers Jan and Per Broman who both have a long history working in the photography industry. To assist them they have a dedicated group of coworkers with expertise within various fields.
Fotografiska is housed in a former industrial Art Nouveau style building dating back to 1906. Designed by Ferdinand Boberg, the building was used for the customs control of goods and is listed as a building of cultural interest. The original brick facade of the beautiful customs building is intact, while the interior has been renovated to house the museum. The city of Stockholm has funded the 250 million crown restoration costs. Today, the entire 5,500 square meter space is filled with photographs and exhibitions from around the world.