Photography is a creative form of human expression. It opens new perspectives, provides insights into other worlds, reflects social movements and can be a source of inspiration. So, at Olympus, we believe it is worth investing in. Building upon our unique expertise in the field of cameras and lenses, generated within our Consumer Products Division, our CSR activities focus on photographic projects with an educational approach.
Opening new perspectives
In co-operation with the Haus der Photographie/Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Foam Fotografiemuseum and the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF), Olympus is offering a biennial fellowship to three promising emerging photographers working in the artistic field.
By offering this fellowship, the four partners (Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and Olympus) aim to promote contemporary photography in the artistic field. Young photographers will receive effective support at a crucial time in their careers. Personal coaching by experienced curators and exhibitions at the three venues will constitute a major part of this support. This idea is summed up in the title ‒ a personal recommendation to the public by seasoned curators.
The programme supports three chosen fellows at different levels: they each receive a grant of 10,000 euros as well as Olympus camera equipment, personal coaching from one of the three photographic curators at the exhibition venues and a presentation of their work at those venues.
The financial support enables each fellow to realise a photographic project, while the exhibitions will bring their work to the attention of a larger audience and the art world.
Photographers cannot apply directly to receive this fellowship, but must be nominated by the exhibition curators. The recipients of the 2017 fellowship were chosen at the beginning of April and come from Austria, Sweden and Germany. These fellows were selected by curators at the venues, from a shortlist of nine nominated candidates.
The Deichtorhallen in Hamburg is one of Europe’s largest exhibition centres for contemporary art and photography. With financial support from Olympus, the next generation can be introduced to the exciting world of arts at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.
With its two historical buildings – open steel and glass structures – dating from 1911-1913, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg is a work of art in its own right. Today, its architecture creates the backdrop for spectacular major international shows that regularly attract up to 60,000 visitors.
As a manufacturer of cameras, Olympus is a major contributor to the creation of art through photography. And for this reason alone it is important to us to promote it. As a sponsorship partner to the Deichtorhallen, we provide our cameras on a long-term basis and generally strive to foster cultural education. As such, we not only support the Deichtorhallen's educational programmes, but also exhibitions such as “Gathered Leaves” by Alec Soth – which presents social and geographical landscapes of the United States, his home. From images of people in the desert and the swamps of Mississippi to small towns and rural areas, this exhibit has it all and can be seen until January 2018 in the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.
Furthermore, special workshops accompanying exhibitions such as “Elbphilharmonie Revisited” have taken place in cooperation with Olympus at the Deichtorhallen. Get an impression of some of the workshop results here:The Deichtorhallen website
As one of Europe’s most popular photography museums, Foam exhibits the works of up-and-coming talents and world class photographers. Olympus and Foam entered into a partnership in June 2015, that revolves around exhibitions, the educational programme and the recommended Fellowship.
The Amsterdam-based photography museum Foam informs and inspires the widest possible audience by presenting all the facets of contemporary photography. The museum organises a range of activities, spanning from exhibitions and publications to debates and educational projects.
The exchange of expertise and network activities are central to the collaboration between Foam and Olympus, with the focus on educational programmes. The Olympus-supported training programme reaches more than 15,000 young people and helps new generations to discover, experience and enjoy the world of art and photography.The Foam website
The Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF) is a unique centre exhibiting photographic art of the highest quality and promoting its importance as a universal visual language. Olympus supports this creative platform.
The Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF) incorporates all aspects of photography through a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, publications, workshops, lectures and symposiums. It highlights both evolving and classic interpretations of the photographic medium and premiers photographers’ work in Germany.
The non-profit organisation is supported by its members, entrance fees, book and print sales, and the City of Frankfurt – and last but not least, sponsors such as Olympus. As part of this sponsorship, we provide cameras for the FFF junior educational programme, which are used in their workshops and can be lent for testing by members of the FFF. In addition, these members will receive special training on Olympus cameras.The Fotografie Forum Frankfurt website