The Festival

Fotodoks is an international festival for contemporary documentary photography that has established itself as the largest festival of its kind in Germany since 2008 and takes place every two years in Munich.
Focusing on a different partner country and festival theme, a central group exhibition in the urban art space Lothringer13 Halle presents photographic works from the respective partner region and the German-speaking countries.
During the 5-day festival, a series of supporting events in a lively and personal atmosphere will offer lectures, artist talks and panel discussions with the exhibiting photographers, other experts and dialogue partners.
The exhibition can be seen beyond the festival period and is accompanied by regular guided tours. The independent festival is curated collectively by photographers and aims to look at a broader field of positions in documentary photography and the environments it illuminates.

  • At a glance

  • Fotodoks is taking a bow infront of our guest Anders Petersen at the festival 2010.
    Fotodoks is taking a bow infront of our guest Anders Petersen at the festival 2010.
  • At the festival in 2011 three Magnum-Workshops with the photographers Christopher Anderson, Thomas Dworzak and Moises Saman took place. (Photo: Stefan Becker)
    At the festival in 2011 three Magnum-Workshops with the photographers Christopher Anderson, Thomas Dworzak and Moises Saman took place. (Photo: Stefan Becker)
  • 2008

    Fotodoks happens for the first time

  • In 2011 we had our own Fotodoks beer!
    In 2011 we had our own Fotodoks beer!
  • Special guest Jacob Holdt held a legendary talk of several hours at our festival in 2012. (Photo: Robert Pupeter)
    Special guest Jacob Holdt held a legendary talk of several hours at our festival in 2012. (Photo: Robert Pupeter)
  • For the second time Fotodoks presented an outdoor exhibition at Marienhof in Munich in 2015. (Photo: Robert Pupeter)
    For the second time Fotodoks presented an outdoor exhibition at Marienhof in Munich in 2015. (Photo: Robert Pupeter)
  • Over 900 visitors at our first exhibition opening at Münchner Stadtmuseum in 2011! (Photo: Matthias Oertel)
    Over 900 visitors at our first exhibition opening at Münchner Stadtmuseum in 2011! (Photo: Matthias Oertel)
  • Christoph Amend presents the ZEITmagazine-Photo-Prize. (Photo: Katrin Petroschkat)
    Christoph Amend presents the ZEITmagazine-Photo-Prize. (Photo: Katrin Petroschkat)
  • Meet the Fotodoks team

Exchange, Discourse and Inspiration

During the festival days Fotodoks creates a versatile platform for encounters in which photographic positions and contents are discussed and experienced. Participating artists, experts and audiences are invited to exchange ideas in a lively and familiar atmosphere.
By examining the exhibited works, viewing habits can be expanded, existing value systems questioned and the limits of documentary photography explored.
Pictures, books, installations and projections offer opportunities and space for inspiration.

The Fotodoks Catalogue

Inspired by the respective topic and the partner region, together with our designers we create an individual and high-quality publication that brings together supplementary texts and thoughts from various authors and the exhibiting photographers.