Starting in 2017, Foam is taking part in the organisation of recommended, a biennial fellowship for three promising emerging photographers working in the artistic field. 

The fellowship is organised with Olympus, in cooperation with the Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, and the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF). Foam nominated Austrian photographer Thomas Albdorf (1982) and will be coaching him during the fellowship, after which his work will be exhibited at Foam in 2018.

Foam explicitly fosters young talent, particularly through multiple programmes such as the annual Foam Magazine Talent Issue (and international touring exhibition), the Foam Paul Huf Award, the special exhibition space for young talent Foam 3h and more. The recommended fellowship expands on this commitment by adding personal coaching and cooperation at a European level with two other renowned exhibition venues.

The fellowship recipients for the first year are Thomas Albdorf (b. 1982, Austria), Nadja Bournonville (b. 1983, Vimmerby, Sweden) and Lilly Lulay (b. 1985, Frankfurt am Main, Germany). The fellows were unanimously selected by the exhibition venues’ curators: Hinde Haest, curator at Foam; Celina Lunsford, artistic director of the FFF; and Ingo Taubhorn, curator at the Haus der Photographie.

The curators, fellows and initiator from Olympus of the recommended Olympus Fellowship (left to right): Ingo Taubhorn (Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg), Nadja Bournonville (fellow), Thomas Albdorf (fellow), Celina Lunsford (Artistic Director F.F.F), Hinde Haest (Foam), Lilly Lulay (fellow) und Olaf Kreuter (Olympus, Head of Consumer Marketing Germany and Austria)

The fellowship will support the recipients on three different levels: they will each receive a grant of €10,000 as well as Olympus camera equipment, personal coaching from one of the three curators at the exhibition venues and a presentation of their work at those venues. The financial support will make it possible for each fellow to realise a photographic project, while the exhibitions will bring their work to the attention of the larger audience and the art world.

Thomas Albdorf studied Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is primarily interested in how the photographic image is lifted out of context through dissemination on the internet. Nadja Bournonville studied Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art, as well as Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. The development of photography, family histories, memories, literature and psychology all play a major role in her work. Lilly Lulay studied at the Hessen State University of Art and Design in Offenbach and the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux, France. In her work, she explores photography as a technique that represents an integral part of daily life as well as the influence that the photographic medium has on social behaviour and mechanisms of individual and collective perception.

In the coming months, each of the fellows will develop a project. Artist Thomas Albdorf will exhibit the final result of his project at Foam in the fall of 2018. Presentations of all recipients will be shown in conjunction with the Triennial of Photography Hamburg in July 2018 and at the FFF during the winter of 2018/2019.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.