De donkere kamer Brugge 20_Leen Hoogmart

Concertgebouw Brugge © Leen Hoogmartens

The unpredictable circumstances following the outbreak of COVID-19 do not allow us to organize De Donkere Kamer as initially planned December 16 at Concertgebouw Brugge  and December 17 at C-Mine Genk. The health and well-being of our partners and visitors comes first. Therefore we have decided to postpone this edition to the spring of 2021. Stay tuned for more info and upcoming news!




On December 17 De Donkere Kamer will be hosted at C-Mine in Genk. Are you looking for support for your photography project? Take your chance to pitch it to the audience and take home part a portfolio reviewing session by MentorMentor, camera equipment of Fujifilm and a growing network!


Check here for more information on how to submit your pitch.



DDK is looking for an intern to support the production of the upcoming events. The intern will become a member of our small organization and participate in the daily tasks. He/she would be helping out with various practical and organizational components for the upcoming editions of DDK. More info? Click here.

Interested? Please send an e-mail to


We are looking for volunteers to help with De Donkere Kamer on December 21st at Concertgebouw in Brugge. Volunteers get a free ticket, good food and the chance to view our event from a different perspective.

Interested? Please send an e-mail to


De Donkere Kamer is a live-evening program on photography designated for anyone interested in all aspects of photography.

The first edition took place in Antwerp in May 2016. Since then, De Donkere Kamer has been hosted by Bozar, C-Mine, Toneelhuis,  Museum Dr. Guislain, OPEK, Concertgebouw Brugge, Stadsschouwburg (Sint-Niklaas & Mechelen) and Scharpoord. DDK has therefore been present in seven cities: Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Genk, Bruges, Louvain, Sint-Niklaas, Mechelen and Knokke.  

DDK is moderated by professional interviewers.  Previous editions have been led by Anna Luyten, Frank Raes, Fien Sabbe, Nicky Aerts and Lieven Vandenhaute. 

The evening always includes a talk with an acclaimed national or international photographer. Additionally, photographers from every discipline within the photographic field are invited to talk about recent projects, new books and events. Cross-medial artists as well as visual columnists are also invited to present. From conceptual to popular photography, all are welcome.  


Apart from the interviews, the event introduces three upcoming photographers who each present their projects to the audience in a three-minute pitch. Prior to the event photographers can apply to participate, from which a professional jury carefully selects three promising projects to be shown. At the start of the evening, in exchange for a ticket, the crowd is given tokens which they will use to vote for their favourite pitch. The tokens represent a monetary sum. At the end of the evening, each young speaker will receive the distributed tokens exchanged into euros. In this way, the young photographers can have their projects financed through crowdfunding.  

Since its introduction, De Donkere Kamer has been very successful, with some halls being completely sold-out.



De Donkere Kamer

Beukenlaan 62

3110 Rotselaar

De Donkere Kamer is a project coördinated by Sluitertijd

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