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For the 1910 schooner, see S/V Noorderlicht.
Stichting Fotografie Noorderlicht
Established 1980
Location Groningen, Netherlands
Type Photography
Director Ton Broekhuis
Curator Wim Melis
Website website

Noorderlicht (Dutch for "Northern Light") is a multifaceted and international platform for documentary photography. Based in Groningen, Netherlands, Noorderlicht organizes an annual photo festival, runs a photo gallery, a publishing house, provides an educational programme and discussions, lectures and masterclasses.[1]


The Noorderlicht Photogallery was established in 1980. Ten years later, the Photofestival was launched, becoming one of the most important international photographic manifestations.[2] In 1991, the festival became a biennale, till 2000, when it was restored as an annual event. From this date, the festival site has alternated between Groningen and Leeuwarden. That for 2012 is planned for the Museum Belvédère in the Friesland.


  • 1997: The Garden of Eden - 5th Noorderlicht Photofestival
  • 1999: Wonderland - The borders of documentary photography
  • 2000: Africa Inside - Photography from Africa
  • 2001: Sense of Space - Human experience on space
  • 2002: Mundos Creados - Multifaceted and colourful portrait of Latin America
  • 2003: Global Detail - 300 photographs on globalisation
  • 2004: Nazar: The Arab world
  • 2005: Traces & Omens - 12th Noorderlicht Photofestival
  • 2006: Another Asia - Photography from South and Southeast Asia
  • 2007: Act of Faith - On faith and conflict, ecstasy and excess
  • 2008: Behind Walls - Eastern Europe before 1989
  • 2009: Human Conditions
  • 2010: Land - Country Life in the Urban Age
  • 2011: Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age
  • 2012: Landscape as the illusion of nature


  1. ^ "Noorderlicht". PhotoStories. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Parr, Martin; Badger, Gerry (2006). The Photobook: A History - Volume 2. London and New York: Phaidon. p. 57. ISBN 0-7148-4433-0. 

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