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Foam Talent
Boy Playing Girl, from the series A Myth of Two Souls, Janakpur, Nepal, 2016. (detail)
© Vasantha Yogananthan

Foam Talent

20 photographers selected for Foam Magazine Talent Issue and exhibition

Sushant Chhabria » David De Beyter » Mark Dorf » Alinka Echeverría » Filippo Menichetti & Martin Errichiello » Weronika Gęsicka » Wang Juyan » Thomas Kuijpers » Quentin Lacombe » Clément Lambelet » Namsa Leuba » Erik Madigan Heck » Alix Marie » Wang Nan » Kai Oh » Viacheslav Poliakov » Ben Schonberger » Sadegh Souri » Harit Srikhao » Vasantha Yogananthan »

Exhibition: 31 Aug – 12 Nov 2017

Thu 31 Aug

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

+31 (0)20-5516500


Sat-Wed 10-18 . Thu, Fri 10-21

Foam Talent
Italia Viaduct Controlled Demolition, from the series In Quarta Persona/In Fourth Person
© Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti

Foam Talent: announcing selected photographers
20 photographers selected for Foam Magazine Talent Issue and exhibition

Each year, Foam organises a Talent Call, an international search for exceptionally talented photographers under the age of 35. Foam is delighted to announce the names of the 20 young artists, whose work will feature in the upcoming Foam Magazine #48: Talent. This year – for the first time – the parallel Foam Talent exhibition will be launched at the museum in Amsterdam before travelling internationally. Comprising an exciting range of works drawn from the pages of the Talent Issue, the exhibition will open on 31 August 2017 at Foam.

The selected photographers for Foam Magazine #48: Talent are:
Sushant Chhabria (India), David De Beyter (France), Mark Dorf (USA), Alinka Echeverría (Mexico/UK), Weronika Gęsicka (Poland), Wang Juyan (China), Thomas Kuijpers (The Netherlands), Quentin Lacombe (France), Clément Lambelet (Switzerland), Namsa Leuba (Switzerland/Guinea), Erik Madigan Heck (USA), Alix Marie (France), Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti (Italy), Wang Nan (China), Kai Oh (South Korea), Viacheslav Poliakov (Ukraine), Ben Schonberger (USA), Sadegh Souri (Iran), Harit Srikhao (Thailand) and Vasantha Yogananthan (France).

The 11th Talent Call was the largest to date, with an impressive 1790 submissions from 75 different countries. Again, the jury was delighted by the wide variety and high quality of all submissions. The Foam Talent programme is a career building platform, helping to launch aspiring image-makers into the international photography industry, giving them global acclaim and recognition.

For the editors of Foam Magazine, the annual Talent Call is an intriguing barometer of the state of contemporary photography. The submissions – as well as the final selection – function as a cross section of an ever-evolving medium, revealing a series of growing trends and tendencies. At a time of global uncertainty, it is fitting that many of the featured artists express varied socio-political concerns in their work. Questions of identity and representation, particularly at the group level, also appear to have remained important themes for a new generation of photographic talent. As well as portfolios with a powerful aesthetic signature, a striking number of long term projects are included, each one having acquired new layers and greater depth of meaning through time. Equally striking is that today’s emerging photographers are clearly embracing a wide range of media in their practice, and are rarely confined to the camera alone.

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Premiere: Foam Talent exhibition in Amsterdam
In recent years the Foam Talent exhibition, based on the annual Talent Issue, has travelled internationally to cities such as Paris, Brussels, New York and London. This year, the work of the selected photographers will tour again, kicking off with an exhibition at Foam. The Foam Talent exhibition serves as an international platform for 20 innovative young image-makers, whilst offering Foam the opportunity to present its views on the current state of photography. On 31 August, the first Foam Talent exhibition opens at the museum in Amsterdam, running until 12 November 2017.

Release date Foam Magazine #48
The Foam Magazine #48 Talent Issue featuring the work of these 20 emerging talent will be published at the end of August and will be officially unveiled at the opening of the Foam Talent exhibition on 31 August. 


The annual Foam Magazine Talent Issue and the related Talent Programme are supported by the Niemeijer Fund. Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.