Photography Sector Day

06 Dec 2021
Working sessionFOMU Antwerp
Are you professionally active in photography? You are invited to FOMU Antwerp on 7 March.

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Are you professionally active in photography? You are invited to FOMU Antwerp on 7 March to meet your peers at our first photography sector day.

Photographers, curators, critics, lecturers, producers, gallerists, policy makers and those active in an art organisation that presents and supports photographers: all are welcome. Get to know other photography professionals, ask your questions, exchange experiences and ideas, and discuss hot topics such as fair practice, funding, inclusiveness and internationalisation.

Photography platform

With this first Photography Sector Day, we would like to launch a new platform, a community of practice for all who are professionally involved with photography in our country. Via this platform we wish to share knowledge about development, production, distribution, presentation and reflection. In addition, the platform also aims to play a role in the image making and the international visibility of photography.

Sector Day Programme

09:30 – 10:00 Registrations
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome by Maartje Stubbe and introduction by Lissa Kinnaer
10:30 – 11:15 Keynote conversation with Mashid Mohadjerin and Inge Henneman 
11:30 – 13:00 First round discussion groups: fair practices and subsidies, inclusiveness, commissioning policy
13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Second round discussion groups: support and development, internationalisation and visibility, archival care and legacies
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:30 Summary of the discussion groups
16:30 – 17:00 Discussion about starting a platform for the photography sector
17:00 – 18:00 Networking drink

Discussion group themes*

1. Fair practices and subsidies

What about fair practice in the photography sector? What sources of income are available to photographers? What are the current challenges and which aspects require specific attention? Where are the opportunities? At the Fair practices and subsidies table, we will take a closer look at issues related to funding and remuneration in the photography sector.

Moderator: Marie Papazoglou (freelance curator)
Speakers: Dirk de Wit (Kunstenpunt), Maria Baoli (photographer), Dries Segers (photographer), Maartje Stubbe (director FOMU)

2. Inclusiveness and plurality of voices

In an intercultural society, the impact of image creation cannot be underestimated. Photography bears a great responsibility to embrace that diversity and is expected to look around with as much inclusion and openness as possible. But are we applying this in practice? Are we already sufficiently alert and what can the platform do here concretely? Are there barriers of which we are not aware and how can we remove them? At the Inclusiveness table, we want to look as broadly as possible.

Moderator: Emma Loncke
Speakers: Taha Riani (Allyens), Danial Shah (photographer), Guinevere Ras (Nederlands Fotomuseum), Ans Brys (photographer)

3. Commissioning policy

Commissions are an important source of financing for the independent photographer. A few decades ago there was also a strong focus in our country on involving photographers in documentary photography assignments. This is still taking place today, but in a very fragmented way. How can the autonomy of the photographer be guaranteed within such a collaboration and to what extent can institutions finance such photography assignments via the arts and/or heritage decree?

Moderator: Steven Humblet (writer, lecturer and curator)
Speakers: Antje Van Wichelen (artist), Nick Hannes (photographer), Jan Kempenaers (photographer), Cateau Robberechts (Vlaamse Bouwmeester), Egon Verleye and Petrus Kemme (VAI – Vlaams Architectuurinstituut)

4. Support and development

There are many existing initiatives to support starting and active photographers in their activities. In education too, there is a big task to give lifelong learning a place. Is it useful to build bridges between initiatives or to look for certain collaborations in order to strengthen existing initiatives? During the Support and development working table, we will map out which initiatives exist, how they are being promoted and where there are needs or blind spots.

Moderator: Maarten Vanvolsem (LUCA School of Arts)
Speakers: Anja Hellebaut (mentormentor)

5. Internationalisation and visibility

The thematic group Internationalisation and visibility aims to determine the opportunities available to photographers to make international contacts and to produce and/or present work abroad. For example through residencies, assignments, publications, and exhibitions. Where and how are such contacts made? How sustainable are they?

Moderator: Lissa Kinnaer (Kunstenpunt)
Speakers: Bruno V. Roels (photographer), Max Pinckers (photographer), Rein Deslé (curator FOMU), Stefan Vanthuyne (writer, lecturer and founder of the Belgian Platform for Photobooks)

6. Archival care and legacies

What should I do with all my images? (Re)organise, save and forget: care for your archives and for photographic legacies. What does care for photo archives in all its material manifestations consist of? How to organise analogue and digital visual material and make it available? Should we keep everything? Questions about the preservation and management of the photographic legacy can be important for the living photographer, but also for the heirs.

Moderator: Inge Henneman (lecturer and writer)
Speakers: Maren Lübbke-Tidow (freelance writer, curator, lecturer and founder of Lighting The Archive), Sylvia van Peteghem (currently researcher at the archives of photographer Michiel Hendryckx), Aglaia Konrad (artist), Stella Lohaus (curator and founder of “SOS Nalatenschappen”), Laura Herman (Curatorial Studies KASK Gent), Ann Deckers (head collection FOMU), Rony Vissers & Bart Magnus (Meemoo – Vlaams Instituut voor het Archief)

(*) Some speakers are still to be confirmed.


The discussion groups, the introduction and the keynote are in English.


Coming soon.

More information?

Send your questions to our colleague Lissa Kinnaer