In cooperation with Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF), Olympus created recommended, a fellowship for up-and-coming photographers in the artistic field. The aim is to support the photographers at a crucial juncture in their careers by enabling them to work closely with curators at the three renowned European institutions for photography.
The fellowship, which includes a grant as well as advisory support, enables every two years three selected fellows to undertake a dedicated photo project. Each fellow is personally coached by a curator at one of the distinguished photography institutions in conceiving and realising the project. The curators then exhibit the project results in order to draw the attention of the wider audience and the art world to the fellows’ work.
The videos give an insight into the fellowship recommended 2017/2018 (3 min and 10 min version).
Up-and-coming photographers in the artistic field
The fellowship is intended for photographers who are active in the artistic field or artists who use the medium of photography. The candidates should have already developed an individual position that is reflected in their portfolio. The curators recommend photographers they regard as particularly promising.
They must already have professional experience and must reside in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria or Switzerland. There is no age limit.
Support for a photographic project and presentation
The three fellows each receive a grant of €10.000 and camera equipment from Olympus to use primarily in implementing their project within the designated time frame. A different curator coaches each fellow. Workshops with the curators as well as exchanges with technical and marketing experts from Olympus complement the programme.
The results are exhibited by the Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. The project partners also assist the fellows with public relations, including integrating them in their own official communications if possible.
To promote the development of the photographic arts
With this fellowship, Olympus, the Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Foam and FFF would like to contribute to the further development of the photographic arts. The curators for photography are predestined to discover new talent and present it to the public. A key element of the fellowship is one-on-one coaching by people with experience on the art scene for the benefit of the photographers’ professional development.
Fellows are selected by the curators from the photography institutions
The curators at the photography institutions propose candidates for the fellowship and then together select three fellows. The fellowship recipients are notified individually by the curators. The curators’ decision is final. There is no possibility of applying for the fellowship.
The fellowship recipients were notified in April 2017. The project implementation phase began in May 2017 and ended in January 2018. Afterward, the presentations were prepared by the photography institutions and opened in the course of 2018.
Notification of the fellows. The fellows submit an exposé on their photographic project.
Public announcement of the fellows.
Workshop with the curators in Hamburg to discuss the projects, along with personal coaching. Subsequent meeting with technical experts from Olympus to select cameras.
May 2017 – January 2018
Project implementation phase with personal meetings and correspondence between fellows and curators.
Final workshop with the curators in Hamburg to present the project results and discuss preparations for the exhibitions. Afterward, a meeting with Olympus for feedback on using the cameras and to discuss marketing approaches and opportunities for photographers.
February – June 2018
Exhibition of the fellow’s work as part of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg
Exhibition of Thomas Albdorf's work at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
Exhibition of the fellow’s work at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt