House of Photography

With the House of Photography in the southern Deichtorhallen, Hamburg received an exhibition house of the highest standard dedicated to the medium of photography in 2003. The House of Photography shows international temporary exhibitions on photography, from historical positions of the 19th and 20th centuries to young photographers of the present and aspects of the digital revolution. 

The House of Photography was largely conceived by F.C. Gundlach, founding director of the House of Photography and artistic director from 2003 to 2005, where he curated, among other things, the new opening exhibition Martin Munkácsi. Think While You Shoot!.

The conversion of the southern Deichtorhallen into the House of Photography was carried out in 2004 and 2005 by the Hamburg architect Jan Störmer. Since then, in addition to the exhibition rooms, the House of Photography has offered its visitors an auditorium, a collection library, a specialist bookshop for photography and art, and a bistro restaurant.

In October 2009, Dirk Luckow took over as artistic director of the Deichtorhallen. He is assisted in the House of Photography by curator Ingo Taubhorn and collection curator Sabine Schnakenberg.

With the founding of the House of Photography in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg in 2003, F.C. Gundlach made his private collection available to the house on permanent loan under the motto "The Image of Man in Photography" – a collection of world renown in the fields of fashion photography and artistic photography.

The task of the House of Photography is to present the collection and its inherent thematic complexes to the interested public. Since 2003, numerous exhibitions have been put together from the collection's holdings, including A Clear Vision (2003) and The Heartbeat of Fashion (2006), which provided an overview of the collection's holdings. Projects such as Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel (2009), Nobuyoshi Araki. Silent Wishes (2010) or Saul Leiter (2012) each integrated works from the collection's holdings. Exhibitions such as American Beauties (2007), Maloney, Meyerowitz, Shore, Sternfeld – New Color Photography of the 1970s (2008), Harry Callahan (2013), The Concept of Lines: Richard Avedon, George Hoyningen-Huene, Irving Penn (2016) or Street.Life.Photography (2018) consider particular photo-historical and thematic aspects of the collection.