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.

Celina Lunsford
Curator Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

As a curator Celina Lunsford’s exhibitions of photography are acclaimed in Europe and abroad. Most of these were created for the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, where she is the Artistic Director. Lunsford has written about photography worldwide including publications on Icelandic, Korean or Indonesian photography. Her book Imogen Cunningham, Tf Editores/Kehrer Verlag listed as “Best Books of 2013” by American Photo Magazine. In 2011 she curated for the Łódź Fotofestival and in 2007 for the Lianzhou International Photography Festival. As a co-founder for RAY 2018 a triennial in Frankfurt/RheinMain her curatorial eye is focused on extraordinary interdisciplinary photographic themes and artists.

Ingo Taubhorn
Curator Haus der Photographie Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Ingo Taubhorn is curator at the House of Photography/Deichtorhallen Hamburg. He studied visual communication in Dortmund with a focus on film and photography and started his photographic career as a photo artist. He has exhibited internationally with works such as ‘Mensch Mann’, ‘VaterMutterIch’, and ‘Die Kleider meiner Mutter’. Since 1988, he has worked as a freelance curator for art institutions such as the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Pat Hearn Gallery in New York and the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin. Since 2006, he has been chief curator at the House of Photography in Hamburg. He is president of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie (DFA) and teaches photography and visual media at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld. His most recent publication is ’Sarah Moon – Now and Then ‘, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg 2016.

Hinde Haest
Curator Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Hinde Haest is curator of photography at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. She studied Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College Utrecht. She obtained an MA Material and Visual Culture at University College London and an MSc Development Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has worked on exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum and Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Barbican Art Gallery in London and the New Museum in New York. She published two books Between Art and Allegory – Marketing Portraits of Gerard Reve (2014) and 1/100 Dutch Photographic Publications from the Wingender Collection (2016). Articles from her hand appeared in various magazines, among them Aperture, De Groene Amsterdammer and Metropolis M.


Programme schedule

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.

April 2017
Notification of the fellows. The fellows submit an exposé on their photographic project.

May 2017
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.

January 2018
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 preparations

Summer 2018
Exhibition of the fellow’s work as part of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg

Autumn 2018
Exhibition of Thomas Albdorf's work at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Winter 2018
Exhibition of the fellow’s work at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Meet our Fellows

Thomas Albdorf

Nadja Bournonville