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Rotterdam Photo is an annual photo fair with a festival flair. Taking place during ArtRotterdam Week, this event gives art lovers have the opportunity to visit numerous art and design events.

The event, located at Nieuw – Mathenesse, Rotterdam (NL), celebrates the wide spectrum of photography as it presents itself in our contemporary image culture. This location near the harbor will be transformed into a street-wise photography village and hub for photography fans, populated by 70+shipping containers repurposed into exhibition spaces, from 30th June till 4th July 2021.

Inspired by the history of Rotterdam as a port city, the festival provides the selected photographers with exhibition space in repurposed shipping containers and also uses the public space of Rotterdam to bring photography outside the ‘white cube’ tradition.

In addition to the exhibitions, Rotterdam Photo organizes talks, workshops, and a fringe program with music and exhibitions on digital screens throughout the city. Street vendors, cafes, and restaurants in the area also offer great food and delicious drinks, so the public can spend their time during Art Rotterdam Week.


For its 2021 edition, Rotterdam Photo sheds light on the theme PLANET HUMAN. That is partly inspired by the corona crisis, which brought our daily lives to a complete standstill in record time: nothing is the same anymore and our mortality suddenly no longer seems to be a ‘far-from-my-bed show’. Besides a lot of panic and unrest, we are also forced to think about our way of life.

What happens to artmaking when nature takes over? Is it worth it, or is it pure vanity to want to preserve our creations for eternity, and preferably for the entire universe? Are we just snapshots ourselves? Are artworks part of the natural process, where everything returns to dust? During this coming edition, Rotterdam Photo will highlight possible answers to these questions.

Discover the program and selected photographers here.