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

June 16-21, 2020

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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 16-21, 2020
Tue-Sa from 12h - 20h

Sun 12h - 18h
During Art Basel week 2020.


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
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


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.

[Sven Eisenhut’s] local connection and approach is one of the reasons his photography fair has been well-received in a small town that has always made way for the indomitable Art Basel in June.
— Elephant
photo basel is a hallmark of the week’s art bonanza
— artnet
Ein perfekter Klassiker: Wie die Photo Basel während der Art-Woche brilliert
— Basellandschaftliche Zeitung

the fair 

photo basel strives to include and combine galleries that are young as well as those that are renowned, Swiss exhibitors as well as international ones, those with a bold contemporary program as well as others with strong historic positions. The fair aims to provide its visitors and collectors with the ultimate chance to connect with galleries whose respective exhibition programs demonstrate a strong predilection for translating the DNA of momentous photographic practices, historic and contemporary, as well as a gift for revealing talents, from emerging or previously overlooked to underrated or established. 

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