photo basel is Switzerland's first and only art fair dedicated to photography based art

June 11-16, 2019

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photo basel is Switzerland’s first and only international art fair dedicated to photography based art.


photo basel brings together galleries from around the world in a unique, authentic setting. For its collectors, visitors or buyers – photo basel is an active platform which fosters the dialog between all actors of the photography community and beyond.


June 11-16, 2019
During Art Basel week 2019.


Volkshaus Basel, a compound smoothly renovated by acclaimed Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron that contains various cultural highlights such as a bar, restaurant, event spaces, a club, a biergarten and soon also a hotel. Volkshaus Basel is located on Rebgasse 12-14 that is less than 700 meters away from Art Basel fairground.


photography has established itself within museums and the art market within the last decade. During Art Basel week, we want to enhance and nourish the creative trade of all the major art players within and around photography.

Art lovers wilting under the weight of commerce grinding through the behemoth fairs should head to this compact alternative for lighter, more subtle encounters
— Financial times


We are striving to create a hub for artistic photography in the cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel. Our goal is to ignite photography in Basel for the long haul. Our vision is that each exhibitor, collector, aficionado and visitor together are creating a unique photo basel DNA.

Photo Basel, now in its fourth year, wants to offer something different: a boutique fair of vintage and fine-art photography, and photography-based art.
— The New York Times

circles of experts.

In order to reach excellence, photo basel goes a new way in combining synergies from galleries, museum experts, collectors and curators, all working seamlessly hand in hand for the common shared vision.

Since the 2017 edition of photo basel art fair, photo basel successfully launched it’s two circles of experts:



The advisory circle will consist mostly of galleries and it is not to be mistaken as "Selection Committee" - thus mainly because we strongly believe that no gallery should "judge" another gallery. As galleries are the centrepiece of any art fair, their inputs, suggestions and feedback is necessary to constantly improve our services.

  • Fabian & Claude Walter, Zürich, Switzerland

  • Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris

  • Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

  • Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin

  • widmertheodoridis, Switzerland

  • Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam

The curatorial circle will be in charge of reviewing and selecting all the content of photo basel (including a selection of participating galleries and exhibitors), special projects and special exhibitions.

  • Dr. Felix Ackermann, Collector, Basel

  • Ben Füglister, Artistic Director, Cap Prize and Images Afrique Initiator & Assistant Editor at European Photography, Berlin

  • Sueraya Shaheen, Photo Editor, Tribe magazine, Dubai

  • Anastasia Lepikhova, Independent Curator, Moscow, former Curator at Lumière Brothers Centre for Photography, Moscow

  • Dr. Heinz Stahlhut, Sammlungskonservator Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne

  • Véronique Prugnaud, Publisher, The Eyes Magazine, Paris, France

At the end of the day, we consider each stakeholder as an extended “family member” that contributes to the sustainable success of photo basel art fair.

If you’re in Switzerland for Art Basel you’d be remiss not to spend some time at photo basel too. (Dare we say ‘two birds, one stone’?)
— AnOther Mag
...the upcoming photo basel event in Switzerland, one of the most exciting events in the photographic calendar
— City A.M., Bespoke
Ebenfalls parallel zur Art Basel fand im Volkshaus die eher kleine, aber feine internationale Fotokunstmesse “photo basel” statt..
— Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung




photo basel GmbH
Margarethenstrasse 99
CH - 4053 Basel 

exhibition venue.

Volkshaus Basel
Rebgasse 12
CH - 4058 Basel



The market is good for photography and photo basel shows why
— Blouin
[The] boutique satellite fair dedicated to photography, is lauded as one of the top international photography events and proves Basel’s collateral events are just as worthy of a stop.
— Harper's Bazaar Arabia
photo basel…is a must if you’re in Switzerland
— i-D Magazine