The C/O Berlin foundation exists since 2000 and has been one of my favorite exhibitions spaces for photography ever since its residence in an historical, enormous post office in Mitte. Today, the C/O’s is located at an iconic 50s building, which underlines the carefully curated photography exhibitions: photojournalism, fashion and portrait photography co-exist and create the contrasts, which the architecture is the ideal backdrop against.
My highlight so far was a Voguing Ball – a mix between a catwalk and a dance contest – that the C/O organized on the occasion of their Irving Penn exhibition. For the opening of the Wim Wenders Polaroid exhibition they handed out Polaroid cameras for everyone to use – it’s details like that, which make the C/O special. Plus, their in-house, free magazine offers interviews and essays on photography – and a lot of large-format photos to frame or do collages with. If you are in a creative mood, you can also always use the photo booth at this venue.
Last but not least, young photographers under 35 can participate in the talents program of the C/O Berlin foundation. The annual exhibition of this contest for new talents complements the long list of famous artists – it’s the photography place to be.