Photo by: Pari Dukovic
Photo by: Pari Dukovic
Guest Room: Michael Famighetti
Guest Room: Michael Famighetti

Theme for Guest Room

Der Greif has invited Michael Famighetti, editor in chief of Aperture magazine and the editorial program, to curate a Guest Room. Michael Famighetti crafted the following theme for your submissions: “SUPER SIGHT”.

"Berenice Abbott made stunning pictures of objects and scientific phenomena in the 1950s. To do so, she developed a process she called 'Super Sight,' based on the ancient camera obscura, producing stunning, hypnotic images that scaled up small objects without the use of a photographic enlarger. Abbott’s process revealed strange, orderly phenomena, probed the nature of objects, revealing forms, textures, and patterns that would normally go unnoticed. For this edition of Guest Room, we are seeking images that broadly play on Abbot’s notion of Super Sight – images that parse the surface of the everyday to reveal something curious, unexpected, abstract, and the otherworldly close to home."

Why submit to Guest Room?

  • Get the chance to be awarded a 1.000 € Guest Room Scholarship sponsored by MPB
  • Be discovered by an expert in contemporary art and photography
  • Get published in an online showcase on Der Greif alongside emerging artists from all over the world
  • Submit for free or pay a voluntary donation of 8€
  • Please note: Images which have been selected for a previous Der Greif opportunity are not eligible for re-submission. We want to support the broadest range of photographers possible and therefore encourage you to submit work that has not yet been selected by our past Guest Curators. Any images which do not comply with these terms will be removed from the selection process.

Voluntary donation

After over a decade of serving the international photography community Der Greif is now finally a registered non-profit. We believe this organizational structure best reflects our artistic and cultural mission. As always, your artistic contribution makes our work on Der Greif possible.

Since starting Guest Room in January 2015, we’ve been working hard to invite a broad range of practitioners, from gallerists to editors and curators. We are convinced that this format is an interesting and low-barrier approach to help artists get their work in front of people who might be interested in working with them. For this reason, we are asking you to consider making a financial contribution as well. That’s why we’re suggesting a voluntary donation of 8€ as a submission fee. 100% of the funds we collect from your donations will go towards helping us continue providing interesting opportunities for the photography community through Guest Room, and thus expand Der Greif.

We believe in inclusivity. We don’t want this suggested donation to stand in the way of your submission. If you are unable to contribute financially, please send an email to to receive a voucher code which will allow you to enter for free.

About Michael Famighetti

Michael Famighetti is editor in chief of Aperture magazine and the editorial program. In 2013, he organized a relaunch and reconceptualization of the magazine, which won a 2018 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Together with guest editor Sarah Lewis, Michael is recipient of an ICP Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research for “Vision & Justice,” the Summer 2016 issue of Aperture. In addition to editing the magazine, Michael works with the digital team to shape online content, and commissions and edits books.

About Der Greif Guest Room

Guest Room is a monthly online exhibition with open submissions curated in real-time by personalities from the international photography scene. Der Greif is an award-winning organization for contemporary photography. It is print-publication, online-publication, curatorial team and joint project all at once. Der Greif connects the digital and the analogue, exploring and expanding the borders and limits of image-distribution and -reception in the digital era.

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