laif annual meeting 2024

Herby Sachs
Gruppenbild auf einer Treppe
Herby Sachs
On May the 30th, 2024, the members of the laif Genossenschaft and guests gathered in Cologne to discuss current issues in the photography industry and the challenges facing journalism. This year's annual meeting proved to be a great success.

Three talks by laif photographers offered insights into socially relevant topics:

  • Sitara Thalia Ambrosio impressed the audience with her sensitive photographic essay »Fragile as Glass«, in which she documented the fates of various queer people in Ukraine.
  • In »Between Hope and Dystopia«, Maximilian Mann took us on a photographic journey through Germany and shed light on a country undergoing ecological and social change.
  • Florian Voggeneder provided fascinating insights into scientific space simulations, in which he accompanied the preparations for future Mars missions as a crew member and documentary photographer.
Rednerin an einem Mikro
Redner vor einem Mikro
Redner vor einer Leinwand

Another highlight was the keynote speech by Ulrike Winkelmann, editor-in-chief of taz. Under the title »How digitalization and democratization go together for a left-wing media house«, she shared inspiring thoughts on the need to strengthen serious and enlightening media. She highlighted the importance of providing them with a strong platform to compete against the communication channels of non-journalistic »alternative media«.

The varied daytime program and the evening together in the beer garden of the Comedia Wagenhalle in Cologne provided a great setting for an exchange and transfer of knowledge on the future issues of the industry.

We would like to thank everyone involved for making this meeting so special! Your commitment and contributions were crucial to the success of this event. We are already looking forward to the next annual meeting and further collaboration.


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Zwei Frauen lächeln in die Kamera
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