The European Schools archives

The Boutographies have always given a particular attention to students or young authors from the courses "Photography School" or "Fine arts School". When they enter the professional or artistic market - frequently an uncertain and dangerous period, but also full of hopes and promises, propitious to experimentation and risk-taking -  we want to be present to boost them up, to be the supplementary impulse that comforts a young author in their calling, when we think there are all the reasons to believe in them. Certain amongst them quickly notice the promises contained in their first jobs, others have more sinous paths and others even turn to professional horizons that make them more distant from photography. But we keep in touch with every one who has passed by us, and their future encourages us in our own determination as organizers of cultural and photographic events.

Aalto University

Aalto University of Arts & Design & Architecture
Boutographies 2018

Photography Studies are part of the Department of Media at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. Our mission is to educate professionals who explore, understand and challenge photography and its role in a constantly changing society; professionals who act as self-reliant, courageous and resourceful artists and photographers.

Aalto University offers a high-quality educational environment focusing on photography. Our uniquely designed, multidisciplinary and international Master’s and Doctoral programs allow students to develop their skills and professional identities via various approaches, from fine art and professional photography to academic photography research. Our unit is also the home of the acclaimed art collective, Helsinki School, and the Helsinki Photomedia international research conference.

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Leicester/ UK
Boutographies 2017

Each year the work of students of a European school of photography is showcased by a continuous projection in the main exhibition space. This year, les Boutographies are proud to welcome the Photocitizens project.

In 2015, Leicester College (UK) and its director of photography Paul O'Leary launched Photocitizens International Photography Festival. It aims at connecting students from all countries with other festivals, galleries and artistic institutions all over the world. The theme for the 2016/2017 edition is National Identity and the exploration of labels that determine the idea of national identity. How do peoples define themselves and the symbols which reflect their identity?

For its inaugural project it gathered partners from Italy, France, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Turkey and the UK to research, collaborate, and showcase future talent


Leicester College School of Photography, Leicester,UK

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Gobelins, l’ecole de  l’image.
Departement Photo, Paris, France

Photometria International Photography Festival, Loannina, Greece                                                         

Officine Fotografiche, Rome, Italy       

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey        

Facultad de Bellas Artes de Murcia, Área de Escultura, Murcia, Spain

Les Boutographies - Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier, Montpellier, France


Die Ostkreuzschule
in Berlin
Boutographies 2016

Today most everyone can operate a camera, but does it make him a photographer?
To be a photographer requires a special ability – the ability of photographic seeing. This particular ability can be learned and developed over time.

The Ostkreuzschule in Berlin offers training based in the artisanal, mental, and emotional skills of this ability. After artistic basic studies, the focus is on the development of a personal visual language. Documentary, journalistic, or artistic photography genres are differentiated and interactions and knowledge of design theory, history and theory of photography will be taught. Successful photographers of the agency «Ostkreuz» report on their experiences in various photographic genres. Students also learn to make conceptual and substantive decisions through project work. The course comprises seven semesters in the cultural metropolis of Berlin.

Werner Mahler and Thomas Sandberg founded the Ostkreuzschule for Photography in Berlin in 2005. Within the framework of the exhibition «Positionen» in Montpellier, the school presents a selection of graduation works from recent years:

Jonas Feige «Nacht auf der Sonne» (2012 – 2015)
Johanna-Maria Fritz «Sirkus Islands» (2014, 2015)
Bastian Gehbauer «Zirkel I.» (2012 – en cours)
Aras Gökten «Arkanum» (2013, 2014)
Stefan Hähnel «rurik» (2014 – 2016)
Amelie Kahn-Ackermann «si jiagou - Denk an die Heimat» (2014, 2015)
Birte Kaufmann "Les voyageurs" (2011, 2012) 
Birgit Krause «Plánētes» (2013)
Julia Runge «Basterland» (2015)
Ina Schoenenburg «Blickwechsel» (2011 – 2015)
Stefanie Schulz «Duldung/Toleration» (2013)
Kamil Sobolewski «Rattenkönig» (2014)
Stephanie Steinkopf «Manhattan–Straße der Jugend» (2012)
Irina Thiessen «Privet Germania» (2015)
Sarah Walzer «Junge Siegerin» (2012 – 2014)
Yana Wernicke «Irrlicht» (2014)

Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie
Behaimstraße 32/34
13086 Berlin

+49 30 92 794 414


Boutographies 2015

FotoK was founded in 2004 with the aim to operate an institution that discusses and promotes the produc-

tion of photography, within the context of contemporary art, in a consistent and sustainable manner. This is achieved through an open-minded and flexible structure, that are operated on multi-levels, that are networked together, overlapped or run concurrently. The dynamic outcome is to continuously provide impetus for the artistic production of photography in Austria. Its focal bases are therefore the dissemination of knowledge, the national and international exchange and the publication of artistic work, through which a continuous exhibi- tion programme of contemporary photographic positions is displayed in the two exhibition rooms at fotoK [2| Gallery and fotoK [3] OFF. An integral part in the implementation of the objectives is to operate a high-quality production facility for digital and analogue photography. The most proficient level of knowledge and support is provided from the conception, through recording, up to the preparation and presentation of artistic projects.


The offer from fotoK comprises of the following main points, and is located at 3 sites in the 15th municipal district of Vienna:

  • Education offer

  • Exhibition programme

  • Design and implementation of photographic projects

  • Implementation and production of artistic photography - studios

    Educational opportunities - School of Photography

    The fotoK School of Photography offers a number of different ways of training and further education in the field of artistic photography.
    Since 2004, fotoK is a fixed element in art education and is aimed at those who want to fundamentally and practically deal with photography as an art form. We understand photographic art as a medium, that is addressed by personal thoughts, experiences and situations. The aim of the training is to apply photography as an artistic medium, and to define and offer support at different levels.

fotoK – Zentrum für Fotografie Wien
Wien, Austria

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University of Silesia, Opava
Opava/Czech Republic
Boutographies 2014

Since 1990, the Creative Photography Institute is integrated to the new Silesian university of Opava - a historical city from Czech Silesia. Today, it is by far the one who receives the most amount of students amongst the seven institutions that offer higher education specialized in photography in Czech Republic, with 130 undergraduate, 40 postgraduate and 13 doctorate students. The course offered by ITF is meant to be universal. Their graduates are prepared for all photography areas. They need to master the photographic and IT techniques, know the history of photography, the arts, and know how to approach certain theoretical topics. They equally have to be capable to speak and write about photography intricately. The undergraduate and postgraduate studies are validated by a final examination containing tests about the history and theory of photography, and the defenses of a practical dossier and a thesis. The practical works made by the students are not simply destined to be stocked in the school's archives: they are showed to the public during numerous expositions organised by ITF. The educational team is composed of eight permanent professors and eight exterior contributors. The Institute's director is professor Vladimir Birgus. For now, the courses of the Creative Photography Institute are given exclusively in Czech language. However, we can find between the current students or already graduate ones stronger contingents from Slovakia and Poland, students from Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Croatia. The Creative Photography Institute is also proud to support the most important, largest volume of activity and publication of all Czech schools of photography.

University of wales

University of Wales - Newport
Boutographies 2013

This year the University of Wales celebrated its hundredth year of photography education in Newport. The recent celebrations have highlighted the extraordinary development of this important subject within the University, making it one of the most prestigious schools of photography in Europe: a school that continues to educate renowned photographers, British and foreigners. Photography is centered in the University's work, whether documentary, visual, fashion, advertising, or any other type of contemporary approach. These programs continue to attract students from all over the world. Based in the United Kingdom, the University of Wales is an institution of progressive education, completely engaged in helping each and every student to achieve their potential. Creativity, innovation and excellency are in the essency of their ways. The University is proud of its past, and turns itself towards the future with confidence.


Boutographies 2012

ECAL is one of the inescapable schools in the world scene of art and design. Directed by Alexis Georgacopoulos, successor of Pierre Keller since july 2011, it currently offers three branches of Bachelor courses (Visual Arts - Visual Communication with photography units, graphic design, media & interaction design, filmmaking - Industrial and Product Design) and four Postgraduate courses (Artistic Direction/Photography & Typography, Product Design, Filmmaking and Visual Arts). It equally offers a foundation year that prepares for the entry in its departments and also a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Design and Luxury Industry. In the beginning of the school year of 2011-2012, it welcomed over 620 students. The influence of the school in European and worldwide levels is attested by the success found in previous students, inumerous press articles, regular mentions in specialized magazines or the general public and an enviable number of exhibitions in prestigious spaces, from MoMa in New York to the Salone del Mobile in Milan, passing by Boston's Swissnex, the Cultural Swiss Centers of Paris and Milan, the London Design Museum, the MOCA in Shanghai, or even Kreo Gallery in Paris. Over the years, ECAL has considerably increased its number of collaborations with the great art and design schools around the world, as with leading companies of the most diverse fields, stimulating creativity and excellency.

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ESA 75 from Brussels
Boutographies 2011


A specialized degree in three years: an Artistic Bachelor's.

An artistic bachelor's consists of four options that belong to the field of plastic, visual and spacial arts: Graphics, Plurial printed images, Painting and Photography.

A specialized degree thought over the during of three years, to immediatly enter the professional life or extend to a complementary masters.

In Parc Malou, with 230 students: quality human relations, but also international exchanges: Arles, Athens, Avignon, Berlin, Breda, Le Havre, Lorient, Montpellier, Montreal, Porto.

A balanced program for a visual education.

The mastery of techniques, creativity and analytical tools build the essential skills to the professions of the contemporary image.

Artistic courses: a coherent set of four options: Graphics, Plurial images, Painting, Photography.