For years, Cologne has been a German Mecca of photography. It was here that August Sander, Hugo Schmölz, and Chargesheimer worked as did the great pro- moter of photography L. Fritz Gruber. Today Cologne is home to photographers such as Candida Höfer, Boris Becker and Wolfgang Zurborn. The photographic collections of Museum Ludwig and the SK Stiftung Kultur are internationally recognized as are galleries specializing in photography such as Thomas Zander and Priska Pasquer. Cologne’s repu- tation as the capital of photography is, how- ever, based above all on the first and most important photography trade fair in the world: Photokina. Founded in 1950, this trade fair will take place in 2014 parallel to The_PBM expo at the Carlswerk. At the same time,
the photography festival of Internationale Photoszene Köln will begin under new management and with a new concept. The festival will include over 60 exhibitions and events throughout Cologne. One of these is the PhotoBookMuseum expo at the Carlswerk in Cologne-Mülheim.
Expo hall, Carlswerk
This former cable factory and the immediate vicinity are today home to culture, media and entertainment. Venues such as E-Werk and Palladium and the theaters of Schauspiel Köln have helped make this former industrial area, known as Schanzenviertel, one of the liveliest and most diverse parts of right-bank Cologne. The trade fair grounds and the old town are not far away and the Carlswerk can be easily reached by public transportation or car. Visitors require only 15 minutes to travel there from the main station by public trans- portation. Visitors arriving by car will use nearby highway A3.