Talent development

Foam stands for talent. We scout, follow and present young, talented photographers in order to discover and stimulate exceptional quality.

Our goal is to devote timely, focused attention to new developments in photography. This ambition is realised by our initiatives for both foreign and domestic young photographers: through our exhibition programme Foam 3h, the designated exhibition space for new talent in the museum; with the bi-annual international Foam Magazine Talent Call and the accompanying travelling exhibitions; and by awarding the renowned Foam Paul Huf Award. Foam also systematically acquires the work of young talent for our own expanding collection.

Foam Talent Call

The bi-annual Foam Talent Call is a search for exceptionally talented photographers between 18 and 40 years, from all across the world. Foam's Talent Programme is devoted to supporting you and your work. Selected artists receive a number of career-building opportunities, including publication in Foam Magazine's annual talent issue, participation in (online) programmes and events, as well as the potential to be added to the prestigious Art Collection Deutsche Börse.

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Foam Talent exhibition at Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, New York © Andy Romer Photography.

Talent programmes

Discovering, identifying and presenting talent has been part of Foam's policy and practice since it was first established. As such, Foam has developed several platforms for talented artists to present their work to the public. Foam 3h is a fixed exhibition space within the museum that is exclusively oriented towards the innovative work of young talent from the Netherlands and abroad. Foam Magazine's bi-annual talent issue is an internationally acknowledged platform for young photographers, with over 1500 submissions each year.

The Foam Paul Huf Award has been awarded annually since 2007, with such renowned winners as Pieter Hugo (2008) and Daniel Gordon (2014). In addition, the Florentine Riem Vis Grant is made available each year for the development and coaching of a talented photographer under the age of 35. The recipient of the grant is invited to exhibit their work at Foam 3h. 

Foam continuously creates supplementary platforms for upcoming photographers to present their work to the largest and most diverse audience possible. Foam Talent is the international hallmark for the latest in photography.

Opening of the exhibition of Lorenzo Vitturi in Foam 3h

Photography of the future

Foam discovers talent, but not simply for its own sake, for the selected photographers or for a small in-crowd. First and foremost, we scout for our visitors, to ensure that a wide audience will get to know the new developments in photography and the big names of the future. This could be through an exhibition in the Amsterdam museum; in exhibition spaces throughout the Netherlands; through the magazine; through lectures, discussions and artist talks; or on our website. Foam affirms its importance as the international institute for contemporary photography especially by taking calculated risks and presenting the innovative work of young photographers. Foam is the place for innovation and experimentation in photography.

Opening de Meervaart © Coco Plooijer / Foam.

Foam Foward

Foam Forward is a talent development programme that focuses on young up-and-coming talent (18-26 years). The programme takes place in the Amsterdam neighbourhoods of Nieuw-West and Zuidoost. In collaboration with culture houses Meervaart Studio (De Meervaart) and Talentlab (Bijlmer Parktheater), Foam organises photography courses given by young photographers associated with Foam.

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Your Foam, 2021 © Foam. Photo: Ashley Bruinhart.

Your Foam

The Your Foam team consists of MBO students from a variety of educations. As an interdisciplinary team, they carry out challenges for various Foam departments, such as including a young audience at their own events, portraying subcultures among young people in a publication and creating workshops that are relevant to MBO students. The content and shape of the assignments are managed by the group itself. In this way, they provide Foam with advice and lay a foundation for the future.

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The team of Foam Lab 2016

Foam Lab

Foam Lab is a cultural traineeship for young professionals and offers suitable work experience within the museum. Each year, the team consists of eight new, recently graduated creatives of various backgrounds, from fashion designers to photographers, from graphic designers to urban planners. Foam Lab works in, for and alongside Foam to rejuvenate the museum from the inside out.

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Unseen Photo Fair, thé international fair for new photography.

Unseen Photo Fair

Foam was one of the founding partners of Unseen Amsterdam. Each year, Unseen Amsterdam is the place where many renowned galleries from across the world reveal their photographers' most recent work.

Unseen Amsterdam brings together important developments in contemporary photography and makes them available to the public. However, Unseen is more than a photography fair. The fair is enriched with exhibitions, lectures and debates, films and documentaries, and the presentation of photo books and their creators.

In 2012 Foam was one of the founding partners of Unseen Amsterdam, in collaboration with Vandejong and Platform A. In January 2017 Unseen became independent and since then Foam is no longer part of the organisation.

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and Gemeente Amsterdam.

In 2022 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund.