Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation

Foam Talent Programme

from the series Ghost Island (c) Lisandro Suriel / courtesy of the artist, Mondriaan Fund and United Nations Decade Fund

"Foam Talent" is an internationally renowned talent program for young artists under the age of 35, which is organised by the Foam Fotografiemuseum since 2007. Through an annual talent call, Foam invites artists who work with the photographic medium to submit their portfolios. From the many submissions, works by 20 outstanding artists are selected to be featured in the Talent issue of Foam Magazine. In addition, the works are shown in an exhibition touring various international institutions. The program allows young artists to present their work to a diverse audience of professionals and the general public.

Foam Fotografiemuseum is a worldwide operating museum for contemporary photography based in Amsterdam. In addition to its extensive, varied exhibition programme, Foam is particularly dedicated to promoting young talent. It also publishes Foam Magazine three times a year, highlighting current trends in the field of photography and offering a platform for up-and-coming talents. Within the scope of its efforts to support and promote young talents, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation has been a partner of the Foam Talent program since 2017.

Each year, works by an artist from the Foam Talent program are acquired for the Art Collection Deutsche Börse as part of the cooperation. In the first year we acquired the work of Weronika Gesicka (PL). The following year (2019) we decided to acquire the works of Maisie Cousins (UK) and Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (FR) and in 2020, a series of images by Philip Montgomery (US) has been purchased for our Collection.

The Foam Talents of the 15th edition are: Heather Agyepong (UK), Kwabena Sekyi Appiah-nti (BEL/GHA), Delali Ayivi (TGO/GER), Hajar Benjida (NL/MAR), Daniel Castro Garcia (UK/ESP), Soléne Gün (FR), Tommy Kha (US), Billy H.C. Kwok (CHN), Simon Lehner (AUSTR), Pat Martin (US), Plantation (NGA), Sarker Protick (BGD), Silvia Rosi (IT/TGO), Joey Solomon (US), Leonard Suryajaya (US), Lisandro Suriel (SX), Igor Tereshkov (RUS), Ana Vallejo (COL), Sheng-Wen Lo (TWN) and Bowei Yang (CHN).

More information about the past Foam Talent editions here. You can also visit the Foam Talent 2021 exhibition online.

HfG Fotoförderpreis

Verdiana Albano with her prize certificate

In cooperation with the Offenbach University of Art and Design (HfG), the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation presents an annual award to an exceptionally talented student of photography. The €2,500 prize for works created by a student during the course of his or her studies is awarded as part of the traditional three-day “HfG Rundgang”, during which the university opens its doors to visitors. One of the works from the accompanying exhibition is selected by a jury whose members are: photographer Barbara Klemm, University Director Bernd Kracke and the Photography Foundation’s Managing Director, Anne-Marie Beckmann. Via this cooperation, the Foundation contributes to the development of photography in the Rhine Main region.

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation has given the HfG Fotoförderpreis 2020 to Verdiana Albano for her project "surrounded". The traditional presentation of the works at the HfG and the subsequent award ceremony were cancelled this year due to the Corona pandemic. Instead, the students had designed a magazine showing their works, which served as the basis for the jury's decision. In their statement, the jury wrote: “In her series "surrounded", Verdiana Albano is dedicated to the megacity of Chongqing, which has grown extremely rapidly over the past fourty years and now has more than 30 million inhabitants. In Albano's photographs, we see a diffuse and confusing city, characterized by an endless number of blocks of flats that have been raised quickly and cheaply, and above all by seemingly perpetual fog. Albano does not show Chongqing as a place of longing. Rather, with an eye for the scattered remnants of non-conformity and in almost monochrome colors, she succeeds in creating an atmospheric image of the city that is probably closer to reality than the vision of modern China.”

Verdiana Albano was born in Meerane in 1993 and has been studying photography with Professor Martin Liebscher at the HfG since 2016. During her studies, she lived and worked in Chongqing, China in 2019 while attending the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.


Previous winners:

2020 Verdiana Albano

2019 Dennis Haustein
2018 Jana Bissdorf; honorable mention to Tatjana Vdovenko
2017 Annika Grabold; honorable mention to Laura Brichta
2016 Robert Schittko; special prize to Hosam Katan
2015 Malte Sänger und Rudi Weissbeck
2014 Max Eulitz
2013 Stefan Stark und Pujan Shakupa
2012 Lilly Lulay und Karolin Back
2011 Florian Albrecht-Schoeck
2010 Oliver Dignal

Frankfurter Künstlerhilfe

© Florian Albrecht-Schoeck

The Frankfurter Verein für Künstlerhilfe e.V. has been supporting young artists in the Rhine Main region for more than 25 years. The association grants one-year scholarships to talented artists after completion of their studies, an important transitional phase in their career. The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation helps fund the scholarships. In addition, the Art Collection’s curator is a member of the board of trustees responsible for nominating and selecting the artists to be funded. The Foundation also provides continued support to young photographers who were granted the scholarships, for example by presenting their works to the public in special exhibitions at the company’s headquarters The Cube in Eschborn.