EMOP Berlin

European Month of Photography Berlin is the largest German festival for photography. Since 2004, it has been taking place every two years in Berlin, presenting a wide range of exhibitions and events on historic and contemporary photography. The festival is organized by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in collaboration with museums, cultural institutions, galleries, embassies, project spaces, and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam.

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, EMOP Berlin has an impressive record to its name: 2 million visitors, 500 exhibitions by as many partner institutions, 30,000 photographic works shown, and 2,000 participating photographers.


EMOP Berlin is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMOP), a European joint project that includes the photography festivals in Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Paris, and Vienna. Back in 2003, on the initiative of Berlin’s partner city Paris, the idea was born to form a European network of photography festivals. After a cooperation between Berlin, Paris, and Vienna, the capitals Bratislava, Luxembourg, Moscow, and Rome followed in 2006. In 2012, the European photography network was expanded to include Budapest and Ljubljana; Athens 2014.

The goal of the joint project is to foster cooperation on a European level, to strengthen the international photography scene, to intensify the exchange of information and experience, emphasize the interplay between teaching and learning, and support young artists.

The result of this collaboration, among other things, is a jointly conceived exhibition of contemporary photography, which is then shown in adapted form in each respective partner city of the EMOP network. In 2014, this exhibition is titled “MemoryLab: The Sentimental Turn.” In Berlin, it will be presented at Martin-Gropius-Bau from October 17 through December 15, 2014.