House of Photography

With the House of Photography in the southern Deichtorhalle, Hamburg in 2003 received an exhibition hall dedicated to the medium of photography of the highest international standards. The House of Photography presents international 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 decisively designed by F.C. Gundlach - founding director of the House of Photography and artistic director from 2003 to 2005 - who, among other things, organized the opening exhibition Martin Munkácsi. Think While You Shoot!.

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

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

With the founding of the House of Photography in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg in 2003, F.C. Gundlach made his private collection under the motto The Image of Man in Photography available to the house on permanent loan - 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 from the collection's collection have been compiled, including A Clear Vision 2003 and The Heartbeat of Fashion 2006, which provided an overview of the collection's holdings. Projects like Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel 2009, Nobuyoshi Araki. Silent Wishes 2010 or Saul Leiter 2012 integrated works from the holdings of the collection. 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 take into account special aspects of the collection's photographic history and themes.