House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg
When the House of Photography opened in the southern Deichtorhalle in 2005, Hamburg found itself proud home not only to a new and elegant exhibition hall, but also to two major photographic collections of an exceptional international standard. Ever since, the House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg has presented temporary exhibitions on photography, from historical positions of the 19th and 20th centuries through to young contemporary photography and aspects of the digital revolution.
Prof. F. C. Gundlach was founding director and artistic director of the Haus der Photographie from 2003 to 2005, curated the 2005 opening show on “Martin Munkácsi: Think While You Shoot!” and played a strong role in designing the underlying concept for the exhibition hall. Since January 1, 2006 Prof. F. C. Gundlach has no longer been active as the programming director of the House of Photography but remains a member of the Board of Trustees and holds the honorary title of Founding Director of House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Since October 1, 2009 Dr. Dirk Luckow has been the new Artistic Director of Deichtorhallen Hamburg, and is thus also in charge of the exhibition programme. He is ably assisted at the House of Photography by Curator Ingo Taubhorn and by Collection Curator Dr. Sabine Schnakenberg.
The House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg is not only the venue of major exhibitions, as visitors can rely on a variety of other services. The building is home to an auditorium and a library; there is a specialist book store dedicated to photography and art, as well as the “Fillet of Soul” bistro – the latter two are both accessible outside opening hours, too.