Links on photography in Luxembourg - Nikos Zompolas

The Bitter Years

The Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA) in Dudelange, comprises audio-visual laboratories and archives, a excellent concert hall, exhibition halls and two cinema screens (Ciné Starlight). Next to the main building, there is a Château d’eau. This water tower is brilliantly rearranged to house the exhibition The Bitter Years which was originally created by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1962. 

In summer time, try a Thursday evening 18:00 – 22:00; entrance is free. Take your camera with you; the view from the top is terrific. You can combine your visit with a jazz concert or, even better, you may want to watch the local football team (F91 Dudelange), several times champion in Luxembourg, playing in the nearby stadium.

CNA et la Tour d'eau

The Family of Man

Paying a visit to the exhibition The family of Man is the absolute ‘must’ for photographers travelling to Luxembourg for more than one day. It is a world famous exhibition of photographs collected by the Luxembourgish-American photographer Edward Steichen. The collection was first displayed in 1955 at MoMA New York and then it was on a world tour to more than 150 museums. Since 1994, the collection is permanently housed in the restored medieval castle of Clervaux, northern Luxembourg. In 2003 the collection was registered on the UNESCO Memory of the World. The collection contains pictures of famous photographers (but not of Steichen), all in black and white, grouped thematically (i.e. birth, childhood, family, love, death, etc).

You may combine your visit to the exhibition with lunch to one of the nice small restaurants in Clearvaux. If you have children with you, I propose to try the inexpensive restaurant Robbesscheier in Munshausen at 6 km from Clervaux. Good, home-made and traditional food; the children will like the place too. If you have some extra money to spend for good food then I suggest you to drive  to Roder (at 6 km) to the restaurant Manoir Kasselslay. This Michelin star restaurant (and four stars hotel) is certainly worth a gastronomic visit. Finally, you can combine your visit with 9 or 18 holes in the golf club of Clervaux. My advice: if you are used in flat courses then rent a buggy; Clervaux is a rather physical demanding golf course.

Clervaux - Château

Photography clubs

Cameralux is the biggest and probably the oldest photography club in Luxembourg. Members are serious and talented amateurs, and kind persons. They meet every Thursday at 20:00 but be aware that 'eis Versammlungen sinn op Lëtzebuergesch'.

Another interesting club is CIELthe club of the european community institutions. The club meets on Mondays at 20:30.

In the website of the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de la Photographie Artistique (FLPA) one can find the list of all the photography clubs in Luxembourg.