Every year in November, PhotoSaintGermain brings together a selection of museums, cultural centers, galleries and bookstores around a rich and eclectic photographic itinerary - a program proposed both by the associated galleries and institutions and by the festival team, through new exhibitions.
The festival is rooted in a particular geography, rich in history and culture, that of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and seeks to bring together and associate all the players who make up this geography. The strong support of local players for this event, which has become a highlight of the Parisian Month of Photography, has demonstrated the ability of galleries and institutions to unite around a medium. With the loyal support of Parisian institutions and partners, PhotoSaintGermain welcomes a public from the Paris region, in addition to photography professionals, collectors and gallery and museum-goers.
Echoing these exhibitions, PhotoSaintGermain also offers an associated program of meetings, screenings, signings and studio visits, bringing together artists, managers of public collections, collectors, publishers, graphic designers, booksellers, critics and curators.
All these events address the major trends in contemporary photography and question the ways in which it is promoted and distributed.
An art historian, she worked for six years in a gallery-publishing house before founding TEMPLE in 2013, dedicated to emerging photography and publishing. At the helm of PhotoSaintGermain since 2015, she is responsible for the artistic direction of the festival as well as the production of original exhibitions in unusual venues featured in the program.
Coordinator of the Multiple Art Days publishers' fair in 2016 and 2017, she also collaborates with cultural institutions such as the Philharmonie as photo editor.
She regularly acts as an expert for workshops, juries and portfolio readings at art schools and cultural events.
She is part of Les Filles de la Photo association and participates in the mentoring program.
She is assisted by Justine Lacombe and Laura Martin.
Communications consultant: Fabien Fourcaud
Art direction: Roch Deniau.
Press relations are handled by Catherine and Prune Philippot
The development of the festival is supported and accompanied by a Board, renewable every year and composed of professionals of the image. This year, it includes :
Victoria Jonathan is the co-founder of the French-Chinese art agency Doors and curator of exhibitions. She co-directed the Jimei × Arles festival, created in China by Les Rencontres d'Arles and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. She is keen to promote and share the work of the work of Chinese artists, especially of the younger generation, outside their country (Feng Li, Pixy Liao, Lei Lei, Luo Yang...). Since 2017, Doors has established itself as a major actor in Franco-Chinese cultural exchanges, with major heritage exhibitions in China to its credit or in the pipeline (Picasso, Man Ray, Matisse, Mucha...). The agency represents several public and private cultural institutions in China.
Véronique Prugnaud began her career in production and coordination of cultural projects for festivals, jazz agents and cultural venues. In 2004, she moved to Beijing and joined the cultural department of the French Embassy as a project manager for the Year of France in China. In 2009, she discovered photography and its market as an exhibitor manager at Paris Photo. After a few years of freelance work, she embarked on the adventure of The Eyes in 2013, combining her passion for images with the development of a multi-faceted project combining publishing, consulting and event production. Thanks to all these experiences, she is regularly involved in training courses for foreign students in photo-business. As a volunteer member of the Filles de la Photo board, she initiates and co-pilots the Filles de la Photo Mentoring program.
Marie Robert is chief curator at the Musée d'Orsay, Photography and Cinema. She has curated, alone or in collaboration with others, some fifteen exhibitions marked by social sciences, including Misia, Queen of Paris, Splendors and Miseries. Images de la prostitution, Qui a peur des femmes photographes, Jazz Power ! and Enfin le cinéma ! She taught at the École du Louvre the history of photography through a gender lens and co-edited in 2020 with Luce Lebart Une histoire mondiale des femmes photographes (Textuel). Her current research focuses on the articulation of photography and politics.
Sonia Voss is an author and curator. She has presented among others: Isabelle Le Minh: Cristal réel (Goethe Institut Paris & Fondation Alfred Ehrhardt Berlin, 2019-20), Corps impatients: East German Photography 1980-89 (Rencontres d'Arles, 2019), Alfred Ehrhardt: The Forms of Nature (Kyotographie, 2019). She also accompanied Anton Roland Laub, nominated with Mobile Churches for the New Discovery Prize in 2018. She has edited books for Xavier Barral, Koenig Books, Filigranes and Kehrer.