House of Photography


With international temporary exhibitions on photography and the important F.C. Gundlach Collection, the House of Photography is Hamburg’s premiere destination for photography. It features historical works from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries as well as young contemporary photographers.

Since its founding in 2003, the House of Photography has presented major monographic exhibitions by outstanding photographers – many of them new discoveries – in addition to young artists in group shows as well as exhibitions on aspects of the history of photography. The exhibition program also sheds new light on the genre of fashion photography with a variety of themes.

The House of Photography was conceived by Prof. F.C. Gundlach, who served as founding director and artistic director from 2003 to 2005. In 1999 he also initiated the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg. The photography festival takes place every three years throughout the city, and the main venue has traditionally been the House of Photography.

The House of Photography also includes the F.C. Gundlach Library, an auditorium, and a bookshop for photography and art.

Numerous solo, thematic, and group exhibitions have been presented in the House of Photography, including Martin Parr (2004), gute aussichten: New German Photography (since 2005), The Heartbeat of Fashion (2006), Lillian Bassman and Paul Himmel (2009), Paul Graham (2010), Nobuyoshi Araki (2010), Eyes on Paris: Paris in Photobooks (2011), Saul Leiter (2012), Albert Watson (2012), Guy Bourdin (2013), Harry Callahan (2013), Ute and Werner Mahler (2014), Sarah Moon (2016), and Alec Soth (2017).