Fotofestival Schiedam

Fotofestival Schiedam takes place from the 18th until the 28th of October 2018 and is an annual 10-day photo manifestation with exhibitions and activities showing current and actual developments in photography. The program is based on a theme that explores the relationship between photography and the world because this once trusted medium increasingly shapes and colors to the way we perceive our reality. Fotofestival Schiedam wants to highlight exciting and high-quality imagery that does justice to the complexity of contemporary seeing, showing that there is a world of choices and thoughts hidden behind the final result.

Like previous years, Fotofestival Schiedam is characterized by the special combination with other (art) disciplines. At different locations in the historic center, various art projects are exhibited, from young talents as well as established names. More so than previous years, the organization wants to highlight the distinctive cultural position of Schiedam within the metropolitan periphery of Rotterdam.


The theme of the festivals sixth edition is Re: Search. A theme that explores and contextualizes the role of the photographer as researcher and renaissance man. The festival contextualizes the theme by programming exhibitions and offering artistic interventions between disciplines. It also offers a fringe program for a broad audience ranging from amateurs to professionals that consists of lectures, workshops, and guided tours. Collaborations with visual art institutions from Schiedam and Rotterdam are sought, and national and international partners are involved in the program, so that we can present a wide scope of movers and shakers in the contemporary image culture, both in the online and offline world.


Need more information about Fotofestival Schiedam? Feel free to contact Chee Yee Tang communication & pr: communicatie@fotofestivalschiedam.nl. Image material, logo and press releases are available here.


Fotofestival Schiedam cannot thrive without its volunteers! Do you care about photography and/or the cultural life of Schiedam and would you like to contribute in organizing a fantastic festival together with the team? Then sign up via volunteer coordinator  Dhanja Bakker info@fotofestivalschiedam.nl.



We are always interested in discovering work from photographers. Keep in mind though that with a small team there is little time to reply to everyone, but if we are interested we will contact you. A link to your website is sufficient, we like to keep our inbox as light as possible.

Images of exhibitions and buildup Fotofestival Schiedam 2017 on this page by: Jesse Kraal


business leadership
Marcel Kollen
concept& program development
Chee Yee Tang, Lise Straatsma
program team
Marcel Kollen, George Knegtel
locations pre production
Maruschka Kartosonto
pr& communication
Chee Yee Tang, Femke Akkerman
Studio Spass
Sean Jeronimus (Twee)
exhibition design
George Knegtel
volunteer coordinator
Dhanja Bakker
city marketing

campaign images
Daniel Stier- Ways of Knowing
Kahlid Amakran- Hady
Hiro Tanaka-Chicarron
open call campaign image
Nikon Small World
Dr. Igor Siwanowicz -Front foot (tarsus) of a male diving beetle
Marek Mis- Air bubbles formed from melted ascorbic acid (vitamin C) crystals
thanks to:
all the volunteers, participants, photographers, partners, executives and other stakeholders that make this festival possible. We are deeply grateful!


Fotofestival Schiedam

Daguerre Foundation
Frank Dirks
Laurens de Boer
Vanya Pieters