In 2001, Christine Oberlinkels, Gabriel Nogué and Fanny Dombre-Coste, three residents of the Boutonnet neighbourhood in Montpellier, had the idea to create a collective exhibition with local photographers. For the space of a few days, the launderette, the retirement home, the old convent are invaded by pictures. Once again, the neighbourhood proved its vitality, incarnated by a new cultural initiative. Rapidly joined by the present directors, Arnaud Laroche, Peter Vass and Christian Maccotta, within a few years this ephemeral project became a festival of national renown.
The Boutographies didn’t only keep the name from Boutonnet. It is a reference that echoes its identity : of a photography of sharing made by meetings and encounters, open to everyone. The festival did not forget its anchorage even when it moved its exhibition space to the historical centre, in 2008. At this time, the Boutographies’ ambition becomes European.
Today, with this twenty-first edition, more than 474 photographers from 34 countries have been presented. The retrospective at the Espace Saint-Ravy features the series presented in projection and awarded since 2011, and an image extracted from an exhibition per edition since 2001.
This special 20 year-exhibition is dedicated to all the photographers and to the public who have placed their trust in the Boutographies throughout this adventure.