The Triennial of Photography Hamburg originated as an initiative of the photographer and collector F. C. Gundlach, with the support of the directors of Hamburg’s major museums. Every third year since 1999 a festival of photography has taken place in Hamburg. Meanwhile, the Triennial of Photography Hamburg has become an important festival of international reputation. In 2005 for instance, 83 museums, galleries, and other organizations with 114 exhibitions took part in the 3rd Triennial of Photography that was visited by 260,000 guests. Besides a great variety of exhibitions presenting the whole range of photographic techniques and styles, the festival was complemented by symposia, lectures, and conferences. The main organizer of the Triennial is Deichtorhallen.