Tallinn to get a world class photo exhibition space

In June 2019, Fotografiska, the Stockholm-based internationally renowned meeting place for the world’s best photography, will open in Tallinn; it aims to be a meeting place where art, good food, music, design and the open way of thinking get together.

With a vast network of world-class photographers at the core, Fotografiska Stockholm has hosted more than 190 exhibitions, including the work of iconic masters such as Annie Leibovitz, David La Chapelle, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Nick Brandt and Andres Serrano, as well as up-and-coming young photographers.

By taking a stand in controversial issues and stretching their responsibility far beyond the realm of traditional art institutions, Fotografiska has a history of acting as an influencer, playing an active role in society.

Creating a positive impact in society

“The purpose is simple; we use the power of photography to unite, spread awareness and create a positive impact in society. By giving space to the stories behind the images we open up for discussions on topics that can’t be ignored, regardless whether it’s beautiful, painful, surprising or uncomfortable,” Margit Aasmäe, the CEO of Fotografiska Tallinn, said in a statement.

The concept of Fotografiska Tallinn includes exhibitions, event spaces, a cafe and a restaurant as well as a design store. The restaurant is led by a top Estonian chef, Peeter Pihel, who is known as a passionate sustainable food pioneer.

Expanding globally

Fotografiska Tallinn will be located at the formerly desolated industrial building in the heart of Tallinn’s Telliskivi Creative City. Fotografiska Tallinn is privately owned and co-founded by Estonian entrepreneurs Margit Aasmäe, Maarja Loorents, Rain Tamm and Peeter Pihel.

The first Fotografiska opened in 2010 in Stockholm, founded by brothers Jan and Per Broman. “We’re thrilled to expand globally, and we will continue to inspire to higher consciousness through beautiful and thought-provoking photography,” Jan Broman said in a statement. “We believe [the] Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn will be the perfect home for the next Fotografiska and later this year New York City and London will follow.”

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Cover: Fotografiska Tallinn (photo by Salto Architects).

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About the author: Silver Tambur

Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and politics and society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.