Outdoor exhibition by Gideon Mendel during Landskrona Foto Festival 2018. Photo by Yazan Smadi

THE HOME OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN SCANDINAVIA.

Landskrona Foto is one of the most important institutions in Scandinavia for photographic mediation, research and conservation. The key activities for Landskrona Foto are exhibitions, photographic history, research, the conservation of the photographic heritage, an annual photo festival and support for contemporary artists.

The authority responsible for this is the Cultural Amenities Committee of Landskrona, which has a fixed allocation in the municipal budget as the financial foundation. In addition we receive grants from regional, national and Nordic cultural organizations as well as generous support from many companies with an interest in the activities and in Landskrona.

The politically established goal is that Landskrona Foto will pursue such a wide range of activities of such quality that Landskrona can justifiably call itself the Capital of Photography in Scandinavia. We aim to achieve that goal by 2020.

 

 

 

LANDSKRONA

The city of Landskrona, founded in 1413, is on the coast of Skåne, between Malmö and Helsingborg. Diagonally across the Sound is Copenhagen. In view of the strategic location and the natural deep harbour, the development of the city was dictated by military considerations. Today it is artistic considerations that count.

 In the eighteenth century Landskrona was given wide streets in a square grid. Many of the original stone buildings are still standing, since the city has been spared disastrous fires. The fortified area with Landskrona Citadel is today a large park between the centre and the sea. It is not for no reason that visitors describe Landskrona as a “a charmingly beautiful city” – as if made to be immortalized by camera.

Being so close to the sea provided the conditions for a major shipbuilding industry. In the twentieth century, 257 vessels, big and small, were built and launched at the Öresund Shipyard and sailed the seven seas. During its heyday the shipyard employed 3,500 people. In the 1980s the whole shipbuilding industry was taken over by skilful Asian countries, just as they did with the camera industry. (Landskrona today, however, still has Sweden’s only shipyard for repairs, with 700 employees.)

 In the good years of the twentieth century, Landskrona invested in cultural institutions of various kinds. Today they are a great asset when the ambition is to develop the creative and cultural sectors. It is unusual for such a relatively small city to have such a vigorous theatre, city museum and art gallery. It is even more uncommon that such a relatively small city aims as high in photography.