For nineteen years, spring has been the moment when les Boutographies blossom once again in Montpellier. Nourished by the sap of European photographic creation, the festival offers us an eclectic vision, open to the most recent artistic initiatives, and as such faithful to its purpose of talent-spotter and pioneer of new forms. In this deliberate heterogeneity, you will still be able to find approaches and themes familiar to those who regularly follow our programmes. The attention paid to adolescence and young adults can be found in Mélissa Boucher’s work on Vietnamese youth and that of Sébastien Cuvelier on young Iranians, but also in Geoffroi Baffiery’s series,Dis papa, and, to some extent, in Matthieu Gafsou’s Only God Can Judge Me - 2018 laureate of the FotoLeggendo/Boutographies Exchange prize. Another register, that of the questioning of representations of collective history, is to be seen in Peter Franck’s work,Somethingsneverchange, as well as with Ulrike Hannemann’s Le Palais Présidentiel d’Ho Chi Minh Ville, and Patricia Morosan’s Remember Europe. More conceptual questions on the concepts of beauty and the sublime are at work with Martha Frieda Friedel, Brigitte Lustenberger and Marja Sterck. Finally, two authors take us into very specific worlds. The very young Antoine Lecharny immerses us in a photographic aesthetic, both purified and dense, while Olivier Gschwend, doctor in neuroscience, as well as photographer, gives us a delightful pictorial anthology of failed laboratory experiments.

The jury’s projection presents works that require less staging. Twenty series of very high quality are on offer here, covering most of photography’s fields: documentaries, conceptual, intimate, or familial, and also humorous. From year to year, this section has become widely appreciated by the public, for which we are very happy. Beyond the Pavillon Populaire, ten other structures, already active in the artistic area, welcome exhibitions linked with les Boutographies. This network will give you the opportunity to further explore the city, using photography as both an excuse and the starting point to new perceptions, maybe even a renewed desire for images. That much at least is what the Boutographies team wishes you.

The festival will be interspersed by various meetings between photographers and professionals, including portfolio readings and round tables, and two prize-giving ceremonies. The first one will take place in the auditorium of the Museum Fabre, in the evening of May 4th, and the second one at the Gazette café, in the evening of May 25th. You are all invited to participate in these moments of encounters and conviviality with the photographers, the audience, and all of the festival’s team.

See the Jury

Christian Maccotta

On behalf of the Boutographies team
Christian Maccotta, artistic director


In its role of promoting young European photographers, the Boutographies return to the Pavillon Populaire from the 4th to the 26th May 2019 for a 19th edition, nourished by the effusion of European photographic creation. True to its ambition to discover new talents and reveal new forms, this festival, organised by the Association Grain d’Image sheds light on some very specific worlds, with an assumed heterogeneity. On offer, an official selection, an Exchange prize, and the projection of a selection of twenty works whose quality particularly interested the jury, covering a wide range of photographic expression. In addition, the programme Hors les Murs proposes an extra mural itinerary of fifteen locations in the town centre showing exhibitions by emerging photographers.


In Montpellier culture flourishes, with particular evidence of creativity and audacity. In 2019, with the opening of the MOCO and a special ZAT (Zone artistic temporaire) “100 artists in the town”, we wish to impose our territory as a reference for contemporary art in France, but also as a cultural destination well recognised internationally.


With its innovative and original projects, associating artistic rigour with popular appeal, the Pavillon Populaire, the Town’s official venue for art photography, enjoys today a solid international reputation, attracting an ever more numerous public.

Supporting emerging talents and promoting contemporary photographers are very much our priorities, which is why we have been the historic partner of the Boutographies festival since 2001



I wish all our visitors an exciting discovery!

Philippe Saurel Maire de la Ville de Montpellier Président de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

Philippe Saurel
Mayor of the Town of Montpellier
President of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

Isabelle Marsala

Isabelle Marsala
Town Councillor with responsibility for Culture

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