Photo Festival


September 9 - October 25 2020


Breda, Netherlands


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BredaPhoto exhibits the state of the art of contemporary photography, based on an internationally relevant social theme: current, stimulating and presented in an original way. This 9th edition includes a large international exhibition of contemporary photography in China.

The theme for BredaPhoto in 2020 is:

The best of times
The worst of times

The title is inspired bij the opening paragraph of the book “A tale of two cities” by Charles Dickens, first published in 1859.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

The world of tomorrow
Change is a constant in history. But it is clear the pace of social, cultural and political changes is now very fast. Women direct the most powerful institutions in the world. And are cast as ‘superheroes’ in Hollywood movies. Museums are being ‘decolonialized’. Our patterns of consumption need to radically change if we are to combat climate change. On the world stage, China flexes its muscles while the USA takes a step backwards. What is the world of tomorrow going to look like? No-one knows. This uncertainty can be frightening but it also offers opportunities: for more equality and a more consciousness approach to how we interact with our planet. And let’s be honest: isn’t it exciting to witness the birth of a new world order?

Image courtesy of XiaoXiao Xu.