FROM THE 7th INTERNATIONALE FOTOTAGE MANNHEIM/LUDWIGSHAFEN TO
THE 3rd FOTOFESTIVAL MANNHEIM_LUDWIGSHAFEN_HEIDELBERG
Following six successful runs of the Internationale Fototage in the Westphalian city of Herten, the first photo festival in the metropolitan region took place in 2005. The 7th Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen
addressed the themes “Contemporary American Photography” and “Die Kunst Deutsche(r) zu sein” (The Art of Being German). Director of the festival was Hansjoachim Nierentz.
With a new structure, a new name, and with Heidelberg as a third partner, Christoph Tannert
, director of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, curated the 2nd Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg
on the theme of “Reality Crossings.”
In 2009, under the heading of “Images Recalled – Bilder auf Abruf,” the 3rd Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg
demonstrated how the photographic image orders and structures our perspective of the world. The festival was directed by Tobias Berger (chief curator at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, South Korea) and the photo specialist Esther Ruelfs.