[Translate to Englisch:] Blick in die Galerie ZEPHYR

Welcome to ZEPHYR - Raum für Fotografie

ZEPHYR is one of the most important public exhibition spaces for contemporary photography and related media in Germany.

Current exhibition

Jean-Michel Landon: La vie des blocs

24.9.2023 – 30.6.2024

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Open Call

„Namibia – A Photographic View“

Call to professional artists and photographers of all ages, creative genres and artistic positions, born or currently live and work in Namibia, who work with the medium of photography and its extended tools to submit artistic content focusing on historical or contemporary political and / or social issues and tendencies related to Namibia.

The project is a co-operation on the occasion of the cultural relations between the cities of Mannheim (Germany) and Windhoek (Namibia) and stands under the official patronage of the Mayors of both cities. The work will be on view in a solo exhibition at Gallery ZEPHYR – Raum für Fotografie in 2025 in Mannheim and other exhibition venues and institutions in Germany and in Namibia.

The winner receives an uncommitted prize money of 1,000 EUR and is responsible for paying tax on the prize money

Application deadline: 31st of July 2024

Open call (pdf)


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Opening hours

Open 24 September –  30 June 2024

Tue – Sun 11.00 – 18.00

Closed on mondays, 24 December, 25 December and 31 December and also on 1 January 2024 and 20 May 2024.



ZEPHYR is supported by the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, the City of Mannheim’s Cultural Agency and the Bassermann-Kulturstiftung Mannheim. This enables it to organize a program that is not only driven by art market mercantilism but also highlights neglected and exciting trends in the medium of photography. ZEPHYR has been implementing its varied program of international contemporary art in numerous individual, group and comprehensive thematic shows since 2005.

ZEPHYR opened in the spring of 2005 with a show entitled “Erzähl mir vom Krieg” (Tell Me about the War) by two young British photographers. Ever since, the exhibition gallery has been offering an ambitious program of contemporary photography and related media in countless changing shows. ZEPHYR presented the project “my vision – Ideen für die Welt von Morgen” (my vision: Ideas for the World of Tomorrow) in 2007 on the occasion of the city of Mannheim’s quadricentennial. Important architecture photographer Julius Shulmann’s largest European show “Cool and Hot” was on display at ZEPHYR in 2010. These are but two examples from ZEPHYR’s sophisticated program, which is typified by highly topical themes but never loses sight of other photographic roles from the realms of pop, fashion or snapshots of everyday life, though. Participation in the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie (formerly the „Fotofestival Mannhheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg“) is an integral part of the exhibition program.