Next Show


by Federico Estol

Due to the current situation, we have to postpone this exhibition planned for Photoszene Festival to autumn 2020. More information will follow.

In Federico Estol’s award-winning photobook “Héroes del Brillo” the shoeshiners of La Paz, Bolivia, are turned into superheroes. Oscillating between graphic novel and new photography, Estol elevates the local underdogs to cult figures. The result is an urban fairytale spanning from indie fashion to activist reportage. The PhotoBookMuseum is inviting you to discover the utopia of Brilloland!
Ongoing Project


How do we want to jointly shape our urban co-existence in the future?

Can Chargesheimer's photographic ballad of Cologne‘s legendary street “Unter Krahnenbäumen” impact our future with pictures from the past?

Designed as an experiment at the interface between art and public space, the project encourages you to think, discuss and design together. The aim is to turn urban space into vibrant places, involving as many people as possible. The photo book “Unter Krahnenbäumen” from 1958 is the optical and content-related background interweaving past, present and future. A book about a street, a street about a book - in Körnerstraße and beyond.

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New Release


“The Photobook in Art and Society”
Participative Potentials of a Medium

Photography has been undergoing a paradigm shift since the turn of the millennium. The fine art print has been increasingly replaced, making way for the photobook which is experiencing a certain boom. However, it remains to be seen if the medium finds its way out of the ivory tower of the elitist photography scene. Is the photobook capable of establishing a visible literature that is accessible and understandable for everyone?

The PhotoBookMuseum and the Montag Foundation for Art and Society have tackled this question in a collaborative mobile project. Under the motto "World in Transition", the participatory qualities of photo books have been examined on the basis of new communication concepts. In the recent publication, professionals from the fields of science, art practice and culture institutions impressively unveil the social relevance of the medium. The Reader demonstrates how photobooks nowadays, act as a structuring force against the immanent flood of images.


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“The Photobook in Art and Society”
Participative Potentials of a Medium

Montag Stiftung Kunst und Gesellschaft (Ed.)
in cooperation with The PhotoBookMuseum

Swiss brochure binding
16,7 x 24 cm
468 pages, 220 col. und b/w images.
Jovis Verlag, 2020
ISBN 978-3-86859-594-9; € 42,80

reading extract

Photo: Sarah Larissa Heuser

The PhotoBookMuseum

„The photobook is one of the most important mediums in our culture.“
Manfred Heiting, Photobook Collector, Los Angeles

The PhotoBookMuseum was founded in Cologne in 2014 as a non-profit organisation that aims to foster the photobook as a significant photographic medium. It serves as a public platform for collections, exhibitions and events and is committed to research and education on contemporary photobook culture. As a museum of the twenty-first century it offers an inclusive environment for active involvement with the arts to a diverse audience.

Acting as a mobile museum, it uses innovative exhibition strategies and hosts international curatorial co-operations far away from the mainstream of traditional museums. So far, the PhotoBookMuseum is the only museum in the world that is exclusively dedicated to the medium of photobooks, focusing on its democratic potential.

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