open call

Open call for photographers under 30 | Applications until 29 February 2024

Are you between 18 and 30 years old and photography is your passion? Join the open call of the Le Stanze della Fotografia Foundation!

The contest, held on the occasion of the next exhibition Helmut Newton. Legacy, which will arrive in Venice in March 2024, will give the opportunity to selected photographers and photographers to exhibit their works in the entrance of Le Stanze della Fotografia.

The aim of the initiative is to recognize the talent of emerging photographers, even non-professionals, encouraging them in their professional path.

Participation in the open call is completely free and open to all, professionals and photography enthusiasts and requires each participant to make three photographs that form a story inspired by the phrase of Helmut Newton: «My job as a photographer is to seduce, entertain and entertain».

The jury that will select the most representative shots consists of Matthias Harder, director of the Helmut Newton Foundation, Denis Curti, artistic director of Le Stanze della Fotografia, Francesca Malgara, artistic director of MIA Photo Fair and the famous photographer Maurizio Galimberti.

The exhibition on the great fashion photographer was exhibited at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, from 24 March to 25 June 2023. It can currently be visited at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome, until 10 March 2024. Le Stanze della Fotografia will therefore host in March 2024 the third and final stage of the great retrospective on Helmut Newton.


how to participate

Contestant must publish the three required photos on their social media accounts (Facebook or Instagram) and must tag the office’s official account @lestanzedellafotografia using the hashtag #opencallstanze23.

The photos must then be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in high resolution and JPEG format, along with a synopsis of the project, a brief biography of the photographer, and a signed copy of the release attached to these rules. The email subject line must indicate the first and last name of the participant, followed by “open call young photographers.”

Photos may be submitted via email and published on social media until 11:59:59 pm on February 29, 2024.

Each user may make three submissions to the contest (with three photographs per submission), but may receive only one of the prizes to be awarded. By publishing a photo, the contestant expressly confirms his/her unconditional acceptance of these rules in their entirety, and also confirms consent to the processing of his/her personal data. Photographs will not be accepted if they contain logos, signatures, watermarks, or recognizable marks of any kind.


The jury will select a minimum of one and a maximum of three winners, who will be announced during the press conference presenting the “Helmut Newton. Legacy” show at Le Stanze della Fotografia. The jury reserves the right not to award all three prizes, if the works submitted are not considered worthy. The jury’s decision is discretionary and final. The winners will be contacted at the addresses they indicated, through the email used to submit their entries.

The selected photographs will be exhibited at the entrance of Le Stanze della Fotografia for the entire period of the exhibition and will be published on the official social channels of the exhibition.

the jury

Denis Curti is Artistic Director of Le Stanze della Fotografia. In 2014 he founded, in Milan, STILL, a multifunctional space with a focus on photography. He is artistic director of the "Photography Festival" in Capri and in the past he has directed the "SI FEST" in Savignano sul Rubicone. He is editor in chief of the periodical Black Camera and Course Leader of the Master in Photography of Raffles Milano. In the nineties he directed the photography section of the IED of Turin and the Italian Foundation for Photography. For over 15 years journalist and photo critic for the pages of Vivimilano and Corriere della Sera, from 2005 to 2014 he was director of Contrasto and vice president of Fondazione Forma in Milan.

Matthias Harder, born in Kiel in 1965, studied art history, classical archaeology and philosophy in Kiel and Berlin. He is a member of the German Society of Photography and a member of the advisory board of the European Month of Photography. Since 2004 he has worked as chief curator at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin (since 2019 also as director of the Foundation), regularly publishes in prestigious international magazines, such as Art in America, Foam, Aperture, Eikon, Photonews, and has written numerous articles for books and exhibition catalogs.

Francesca Malgara graduated in Photography and Multimedia at the University of Westminster, London, where she lived until the late 1990s.
She has worked for the London gallery "Michael Hoppen Gallery" taking care of exhibitions and collectors of the gallery. Since 1999 he has collaborated with other galleries (Photology Gallery, Robilant + Voena) organizing the exhibitions: "100 for 2000, The Century of Photoart" (Bologna), "Julian Schnabel" (2005, Roma Palazzo Venezia, 2007, Milano, Rotonda della Besana, 2011, Venezia Museo Correr)as well as being active in the field of fundraising and communication. Since 2006 she has been involved in the organization of art fairs, such as Mint and MIA Photo Fair, and this has allowed her to establish an extensive network of contacts between galleries and collectors around the world. She is currently part of the selection committee of the Prix Pictet Photographic Prize and since 2023 she has been the artistic director of MIA Photo Fair, the most important photography fair in Italy.

Maurizio Galimberti, was born in Como in 1956. He approached the world of analog photography focusing his commitment, in a radical and definitive, on Polaroid, becoming official testimonial and creating the volume POLAROID PRO ART published in 1995. He continues his research with Polaroid reinventing the technique of Photographic Mosaic that initially suited portraits. Many portraits are made in the world of cinema, art and culture.  Mosaic soon became the technique to portray not only faces, but also landscapes, architecture and cities. In 2003 he dedicated his work to the realization of the volume "Viaggio in Italia", a story of our country through the Polaroid Singles. In 2006 he went for the first time to New York and began his research on light, energy inspired by this new city that for the artist becomes the ideal representation of the contemporary world. 

the exhibition

In the spring of 2024 it will be the turn of the retrospective "HELMUT NEWTON. LEGACY", curated by Matthias Harder, director of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, and Denis Curti, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth (Berlin, 1920 - Los Angeles, 2004).

Through 250 photographs, magazines, documents and videos, the exhibition will retrace the entire career of one of the most beloved and discussed photographers of all time. Alongside the most iconic images, a corpus of unpublished photographs, presented for the first time in Italy, will reveal many lesser-known aspects of Newton’s work, with a specific focus on the most unconventional fashion shots. Polaroid and contact sheets will also provide insight into the creative process of some of the iconic motifs featured, while special publications, Archival materials and statements by the photographer will help the visitor understand the context in which the inspiration of this extraordinary artist was born.

The exhibition was exhibited in Milan, at Palazzo Reale, from 24 March to 25 June 2023. It is currently in Rome, at the Museo dell'Ara Pacis until 10 March 2024.

the foundation

The open call is the first initiative of the Fondazione Le Stanze Della Fotografia, established in September 2023 by Marsilio Arte with the contribution, as promoter, of the Fondazione Venezia.

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