Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation

Foam Talent

Eleonora Agostini, The Service from the series A Study on Waitressing, 2020 – present © Eleonora Agostini

About the cooperation

"Foam Talent" is an internationally renowned talent program for young artists under the age of 40, which is organised by the Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam Foam 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.

The Fotografiemuseum Foam is a worldwide operating museum for contemporary photography based in Amsterdam. In addition to its extensive, varied exhibition programme, 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. 

Acquired artists:

2022  Marvel Harris (NDL)
2021  Daniel Castro Garcia (UK/ESP)
2020  Philip Montgomery (US)
2019  Maisie Cousins (UK) und Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (FR)
2018  Weronika Gęsicka (PL)


The Foam Talent editions

The Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam again chose 20 emerging artists whose work will be featured in the Foam Magazine #65: Talent (published in February 2024) and the accompanying Talent Programme and exhibitions in 2024. This year, the submission numbers to Foam’s Talent Call — which have steadily increased each year — reached a record high of 2,480 submissions from 106 different countries. 

The artists of the Foam Talents programme 2024 are: Eleonora Agostini, Cristóbal Ascencio, Florian Braakman, Sander Coers, Rehab Eldalil, Issam Larkat, Xin Li, Akshay Mahajan, Thero Makepe, Marisol Mendez, Ricardo Nagaoka, Andrea Orejarena & Caleb Stein, André Ramos-Woodard, Aaryan Sinha, MAryam Touzani, Jaclyn Wright, Shwe Wutt Hmon, Cansu Yıldıran, Sheung Yiu, Amin Yousefi.

More information about the past Foam Talent editions here. You can find the current Talent edition in the digital exhibition.

Goethe-Institut Paris

Series "La jeune photographie allemande"

Janick Entremont, The Abscence of Others, 2023 © Janick Entremont

About the cooperation

With the exhibition series "La jeune photographie allemande" we have been focusing on young photographers at universities in Germany and showing current trends in photography together with the Goethe-Institut Paris since 2018. Each year, we give the students of a selected university or academy the opportunity to present their work in an exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Paris.

More Information about the last exhibition can be found here


Previous universities:

2023 photography class of Ute Mahler and Marit Hermann from the "Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie" Berlin
2022 photography class of Beate Gütschow from the "Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln" (KHM)
2021 photography class of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin from the "Hochschule für Bildende Künste" Hamburg (HfBK)
2019 photography masterclass of Heidi Specker from the "Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst" (HGB)
2018 photography class of Martin Liebscher from the "Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach" (HfG)

HfG Rundgang award

Installationsshot project of Madlen Strebel © HfG Offenbach/Marie Schwarze

About the award

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 since 2010. The €3,000 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. Via this cooperation, the Foundation contributes to the development of photography in the Rhine Main region.

The winners

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation has awarded the HfG Rundgang award 2023 to Madlen Strebel for her project “Two Hours Per Hour”. in her work, Madlen Strebel explores the pursuit of beauty ideals and self-optimisation through cheap and questionable beauty correction products available in online shops. Furthermore, the jury gave a special mention to the work “Haufen” by Lea Kulens. The award ceremony took place during the traditional HfG open house tour in Offenbach on 14 July.

The jury members were Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, and Peter Sillem, Frankfurt gallerist. More information on the jury's decision and the awarded project here.


Previous winners:

2023 Madlen Strebel; honorable mention to Lea Kulens
2022 Marie Schwarze; honorable mention to Mike Schäfer
2021 Lena Bils
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

About the cooperation

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.