The National Museum of Photography

No current exhibitions

The National Museum of Photography holds a large collection of photographs. Due to preservation purposes, the collections are kept in storage, but the museum organizes changing temporary exhibitions of varying themes and artists. Please refer to this website to see what is currently on display and plan your visit.

About The National Museum of Photography

We have been taking photographs for more than 150 years. And have captured our impressions of reality. The National Museum of Photography collects it all - from the earliest photo-chemical experiments to pictoralism, Neue Sachlichkeit, press photography and private photo albums to the contemporary experimental photo and video art. The museum presents three temporary exhibitions annually.

Past exhibitions


2 March 2007 - 26 May 2007

LAST CHANCE - Danish identity and photography through time

Nuevas Historias

8 October 2010 - 22 January 2011

Spanish contemporary photography and video art. A barrage of artistic expressions, many shown for the first time in Denmark

Myne Søe-Pedersen Untitled (Desk #2)

Myne Søe-Pedersen: Writing

13 April 2012 - 29 May 2012

In simple, meticulously composed images of boards and old school desks Myne Søe-Pedersen recollects the unconscious traces we all leave in the world and makes them visible.

Photo: John R. Johnsen

John R. Johnsen – Dance in the mirror

22 May 2012 - 22 September 2012

A significant part of John R. Johnsen's immense collection of photographs of ballet and modern dance is to be seen in new retrospective exhibition Dance in the Mirror

Photo: Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander - America by Car

8 June 2012 - 1 September 2012

In 192 black-and-white photographs, all taken from the interiors of rental cars, the legendary master photographer Lee Friedlander draws a remarkable portrait of modern USA.

Edward Steichen

12 October 2012 - 9 February 2013

A multi-facetted portrait of one of photography’s early front runners – the famous and controversial photographer Edward Steichen

Press photo of the year 2013/2014

15 March 2014 - 12 April 2014

Danish Press Photo of the Year by Mads Nissen. It shows Libyan Hussein Saleh Hassan deadly wounded in a hospital in Tobruk, Libya at the outbreak of the revolution in February 2011.

Danish Press Photo 11/12

2 March 2012 - 28 April 2012

The winners of the best Danish press photos from the past year, are now selected. The winning photos are for the third year in a row exhibited in the National Museum of Photography until 28th of April.

Adam Jeppesen: The Flatlands Camp Project

10 February 2012 - 28 April 2012

A series of new work from one of Denmark's most prolific talents created on Adam Jeppesen's 487 day long journey alone from the Arctic to Antarctiuca

Lisbet Nielsen: Cars & Birds – falling into your soul

10 February 2012 - 31 March 2012

About movements and collisions between inner life of thoughts and the concrete outer reality

Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place

23 September 2011 - 28 January 2012

LAST DAY "... a scoop at The National Museum of Photography" - Weekendavisen. Experience one of the greatest photographic artists of our time: Welcome to Gregory Crewdson's world of melancholic beauty In a Lonely Place

Photo: Teit Jørgensen: Landevejen til Perito Moreno, Argentina, 2005

Teit Jørgensen – World's End

17 August 2011 - 6 October 2011

Teit Jørgensen's photographs are a celebration of emptiness, loneliness and the large open landscapes at World’s End.


7 June 2011 - 6 August 2011

An exhibition with works from the book eva+adolf by Eva Tind Kristensen

Touching Dreams

13 May 2011 - 27 August 2011

Helsinki School vol. 3. Photo and video works by the latest generation of young artists from the renowned photography degree at the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki

Jim Campbell: Fifth Avenue Cutaway #1, 2001. 72 x 33 x 17 cm. Custom electronics, 768 LED’er, treated plexiglass.

Jim Campbell: Material Light

11 February 2011 - 16 April 2011

Suggestively simple works on the border between video art and photography, high technology and sensuality by one of the most innovative figures on the international art scene.

Young Men

13 January 2011 - 1 April 2011

Young Men was the result of a photojournalistic exchange project between three Middle Eastern and three Danish photojournalists.

Tiina Itkonen: Kullorsuaq I, 2006

Songs from the cold seas

28 November 2009 - 6 March 2010

Olaf Otto Becker's monumental icescapes opposite Tiina Itkonen's sensitive portraits

Henrik Saxgren: Unintended Sculptures

20 September 2009 - 19 December 2009

With his thought-provoking landscape photos, one of the foremost Danish documentary photographers portrays the beauty of nature and human imprint on nature

Ola Kolehmainen: Minimal Interventions of Linear Elements, 2007

A Building is not a Building

29 May 2009 - 29 August 2009

Architectural abstractions by Ola Kolehmainen

Jim Dine: This is how I remember, now

13 February 2009 - 9 May 2009

LAST CHANCE A Pop Art pioner has taken up photography

Jacob A. Riis' classic photogrpahs are shown alongside modern documentary - such as Shirzad Khanjar and Sebastian Overgaard's trip to the Copenhagen ghetto

Jacob A. Riis

24 October 2008 - 24 January 2009

The Danish father of social documentary photography in a modern perspective

Sally Mann Photographs

9 May 2008 - 20 September 2008

US photographer Sally Mann continues to stir up controversy with her photographs.

Achtung! Art!

22 June 2007 - 18 August 2007

The National Museum of Photography shows contemporary photographic art from the collection

Crossing the Border

3 February 2007 - 28 April 2007

How Danish musical life has been inspired and challenged by currents from south of the border

The collection at The National Museum of Photography

The National Museum of Photography’s collection contains about 50,000 works, divided into Danish photography, foreign photography and several special collections, amongst others the largest amount of daguerreotypes in Scandinavia.