PHmuseum is a curated platform dedicated to contemporary photography. Since 2012 they have been focused to find innovative ways to display photography, engage, educate, and connect. Thanks to this approach PHmuseum has been a pioneering online exhibition, with the first one launched in 2013, and online education, launched in 2017.
Director and Curator Giuseppe Oliverio is an Italian cultural entrepreneur. In 2012 he launched phmuseum.com. Giuseppe has been on the jury of international awards like Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, Gomma Grant, United Photo Industry’s The Fence, San Jose Foto Award, and Happiness Onthemove. He regularly works as a portfolio reviewer at international festivals like Photo Vogue Festival, Unseen, and Visa pours l’Image. He has given talks at international festivals like Paraty Em Foco in Brazil, Cortona On The Move in Italy, Verzasca Foto in Switzerland, and Ojo de Pez Meeting in Spain, and written for TIME magazine and L'Uomo Vogue.
PHmuseum is well known for its program of grants, which offers £30,000 in cash prizes every year, the opportunity to exhibit at international photography festivals, be featured in publications and recognized magazines such as Vogue Italia. Max Pinckers, Diana Markosian, Tomas Van Houtryve, and Laura El-Tantawy are among the winners of the past editions, while Martin Parr (Magnum Photos), Kathy Ryan (New York Times), Roger Ballen (Photographer), and Sarah Leen (National Geographic) among the former jurors.
Today PHmuseum is a community of 51,000 photographers reached by more than 600,000 visitors per year. The mission is to discover, support, and promote photographers, working as an innovative talent incubator. Every year they present the work of around 120 photographers in their News section - and invite more than 60 to exhibit in online exhibitions. They also feature 400 photographers on their Instagram and Facebook accounts while many photo editors, curators, and gallerists browse their Stories section every week to discover new projects or get in touch with them for recommendations at the moment of searching for works and photographers.
In 2020, while everybody was eventually moving online, PHmuseum approached the off-line opening the PHmuseum Lab in Bologna. This online experience has thought them that there cannot be one without the other and the Lab will become their hub for many new initiatives.
In 2020 "Familiar Stranger" PHmuseums 1st Photobook on Mobile Photography has been published. "Familiar Stranger" as defined by Stanley Milgram (Milgram 1972) are those individuals who do not know each other but share some common attributes like interests, occupation, location, etc. For instance, people taking the same train daily find familiar faces but do not know each other. Moving this concept to a virtual environment, it is equally interesting and challenging to explore the existence of familiar strangers in the current online world. Social networks represent indeed a complex set of human relations where interactions are expressed through posts, tags, shares, and likes. With this book, we aim to reflect on them and the common attributes, behavioral patterns, and interests suggested by the 11,000 photos sent to the PHmuseum 2019 Mobile Photography Prize. Featuring original essays by Erik Kessels, judge of the PHmuseum 2019 Mobile Photography Prize, and Giuseppe Oliverio, PHmuseum Founder & Director. Order