Fair FAQs

When is the fair?
Unseen Photo Fair takes place this year from the 23rd to the 25th of September. Opening times are:

Friday 23 September — 11.00-21.00
Saturday 24 September — 11.00-20.00
Sunday 25 September — 11.00-17.00

I am an artist and want to be presented at Unseen Photo Fair. How do I apply?
Unseen does not represent individual artists. In order to be presented at the fair, artists must be represented by one of the galleries participating at Unseen Photo Fair.

Can I bring my bags?
All medium to large bags, as well as coats, be left in the cloakroom outside the fair. Unseen reserves the right to make this decision. This also includes large photographic equipment, unless prearranged with our press contacts (pressoffice@unseenamsterdam.com).

Can I take photos at the fair?
We are happy for our visitors to document their visit to Unseen Photo Fair & Festival but kindly request that photos and/or videos taken during the fair do not get used for commercial purposes. Should you choose to post your photos on social media platforms, please feel free to use our personal handle (@unseenphotofair) as well as those of artists and galleries, and/or our hashtags (#unseen2016 #unseenphotofair #unseenfestival).

What is the difference between fair and festival?
Unseen is an annual international photography fair and festival based in Amsterdam. Welcoming more than 55 galleries from across the globe, Unseen focuses on new photography, highlighting the most recent developments by presenting emerging talent and new work by established artists.

As a fair, Unseen brings together leading figures in the industry with artists, curators, collectors and photography enthusiasts, creating an exchange of dialogue, artistic expression and ideas. Complementing the fair, on-site at the historic Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, is a three-day speakers programme jam-packed with lectures and debates at the Unseen Living Room, as well as a Unseen Book Market.

As a festival, Unseen invites visitors to be challenged, inspired and excited by a programme bringing together many of the city’s leading institutions, galleries, artists and initiatives using photography in unexpected and provocative ways. Every year Unseen Photo Festival takes place in a newly chosen neighbourhood of Amsterdam, in an effort to not only get visitors acquainted with the various areas of the city, but also to get locals – both individuals and businesses – acquainted with the world of contemporary photography.

Where can I buy tickets and can I buy them in advance?
Tickets can be purchased online via our Tickets page, or onsite at the Westergerfabriek during the days of the fair. Buying your ticket in advance via our website entitles you to a ticket discount, exclusively for online purchases!

Is my ticket valid for one entry only?
All tickets entitle you to multiple entries; however, whether this is in the span of one day or for the whole weekend depends on which ticket you buy. Please check the Tickets page for more information.

Do you offer a student discount?
We only offer a student discount for the fair Passe Partout ticket. Please check our Tickets for more information.

Can I go to the festival with my fair ticket?
This depends on which ticket you purchase. With a Passe Partout you will be entitled multiple entries to both the fair and festival. Please check the Tickets page for more information.

Do I need to bring an ID with me if I purchased my ticket online?
Please bring some form of identification with you, should you be asked to present this at the ticket booths.

I forgot to print my ticket/don’t have a printer/lost my ticket. Do you have my purchase on record?
Due to time constraints, we will be unable to look up a purchase should this happen. However, we do accept mobile tickets so please be sure to have this on hand, just in case.

Can I bring my children?
Children (aged 12 and under) are admitted to the fair and festival free of charge, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Where can I pick up my copy of Unseen Magazine?
Unseen Magazine will be available for purchase at the designated stand, located within the Transformatorhuis. For those who purchased their magazine online with their ticket, you can present your voucher at the stand to be exchanged for a copy of the magazine.

Is the fair wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Unseen Photo Fair is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility. Should you have any further questions regarding this matter, please send an email to production@unseenamsterdam.com.

Can I bring food or drinks to the fair?
Bringing food or drinks into the fair will not be permitted. There will be several locations on the fair grounds where these can be purchased, and we ask you to please consume within the designated areas.

Can I bring my dog/pet to the fair?
Dogs and other pets are not permitted at Unseen Photo Fair, or at the other programme locations. You will be denied entry should you do so.

Is the fair an indoor space?
Yes, the fair will take place indoors, and outdoor spaces will be covered where possible.

Are groups allowed at the fair?
Groups are more than welcome at the fair, as long as everyone has a valid ticket. For more information, please send an email to stefanie@unseenamsterdam.com.

I want to volunteer for the Ground Team. Where can I sign up?
We are always looking for volunteers and would be happy to have you on the team. Please sign up by sending an email to online@unseenamsterdam.com.

I want to volunteer for the Unseen Photo Festival. Where can I sign up?
We are always looking for volunteers and would be happy to have you on the team. Please sign up by sending an email to volunteer@unseenamsterdam.com.