Docphoto — storyteller of life

The Centre for Documentary Photography supports appreciation for and the development of documentary photography in Estonia as well as the showcasing of Estonian documentary photos around the world.


Dokfoto Keskus (the Centre for Documentary Photography) supports appreciation for and the development of documentary photography in Estonia as well as the showcasing of Estonian documentary photos around the world.

Our mission is to bring together photographers and other interested people who use documentary photography to tell and experience stories that inspire, enrich, include and change lives.

Dokfoto Keskus focuses on topics that have a strong impact on humankind and that develop the sphere of documentary photography.

A good documentary photo can make people see what’s going on in society, help them understand it better, increase empathy, encourage cooperation, bridge the gap between differences and motivate people to find solutions to challenges.

Dokfoto Keskus values documentary photos that display a balance between stories about topics that are important to humankind and the individual creative ambitions of the photographer.

The centre develops documentary photography that supports progressive change, amplifies voices, promotes human dignity, creates respect between people and breaks barriers to help understand and shine the spotlight on social justice.

It is important to the centre to reach different target groups and cooperate with them in creating and sharing the values of documentary photography.

Dokfoto Keskus works at the local, regional and international levels.

The centre is also involved in cooperation projects in different disciplines and forms of art so as to create new quality and better results.

The centre focuses separately on activities with Estonian documentary photographers and young people, as cooperation between professionals and the inclusion and education of young people support the development and appreciation of the field at the local and international levels.

Juhan Kuus is a world-renowned documentary photographer of Estonian origin who lived and worked in South Africa. Many of his works and photographic essays have touched people and encouraged them to take action. Kuus believed that documentary photography has an important role to play. When asked why he chose this field, he replied: “I hold up a mirror to society. I tell my compatriots: ‘This is you unrestrained; this is how I see you’.” Kuus hoped that his works might also inspire or influence people in Estonia to take up documentary photography as well as make them look for solutions to the problems depicted in the photos. He also wanted us to recognise and acknowledge what we look like as people, as recognition is the start of many things, including change.

After Kuus’ sudden death and because of his wish to have his personal photo archive preserved in Estonia, we established a fund to safeguard his legacy. Its public branch is called the Juhan Kuusi Dokfoto Keskus.

Read more about Juhan Kuus

Exhibitions in Estonia and on the international market

Educational programmes and development activities:
— for professionals
— for amateurs

Photo projects initiated and carried out by the centre

Sale of documentary photos

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have ideas you would like to implement with Dokfoto Keskus.

We also welcome pro-active people who are prepared to think about and help us develop and carry out our activities.

+372 522 2422


Address: Telliskivi 60a/5 (ex-B1), 1 floor Open: Thursday-Sunday 12.00-19.00 Prearranged openings at other times (curatorial events, schools, group and private visits, special events, etc.) Tickets: Adults 2 € Concessions* 1 € Sponsor ticket 5 € HeyDay ticket 3 € (1 juice = 1 ticket) Free admission: up to the age of 18 and club members of the Docphoto Centre * Concessions (on presenting the appropriate certificate): students, seniors, disabled visitors with their accompanist, Members of the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators, Press Photographers and members of The Estonian Documentary Guild. Contact: +372 522 2422


Juhan Kuus Documentary Photography Centre
Manager, curator

Founder of the Juhan Kuus Foundation
+372 522 2422


Juhan Kuus Documentary Photography Centre marekting, curator
Founder of the Juhan Kuus Foundation
+372 501 0777

Creative Advisor

Volunteer, coordinator of the punk photo exhibition
+372 55 65 93 76

Volunter — consultant, translator and editor


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Tuuleveski 24a, Tallinn 10618
+ 372 522 2422

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