Who are we?


Since 2001 The Boutographies - Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier have been oriented towards young, emerging European talent. After seven years in the Boutonnet district (hence the name) the event moved in 2008 to the centre of Montpellier, where it now offers photographers, public and partners one of the finest exhibition spaces in the south of France.

A European ambition

In the course of the last five years the Rencontres have consolidated their presence on the European photography scene. An extensive communication programme has led to a wide visibility and an important increase in both the quantity, and quality, of work proposed. From just over 200 dossiers received in 2008, we have moved to just under 600 today, representing fifteen European countries. Partnerships have been put in place with various French and foreign photographic events (the Month of the Photo Off in Paris, Voies Off in Arles, Fotoleggendo in Rome), and have already led to a number of exchanges and collaborations.

Each year, from June to November, potential exhibitors are sought via our applications system.

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A jury composed of professionals concerned with the image selects fifteen works to be exhibited, and a further fifteen to be projected.

The principal criterion for selection is the originality of the author's approach. The jury takes into account all the diverse areas of contemporary photography.

Exhibition spaces of the highest quality

With its 600 sq. metres and 250 linear metres of wall space, spread over two floors, the Pavillon Populaire is one of the largest spaces dedicated to photography in Europe. It is the main exhibition space for the festival, and hosts approximately 60% of the works exposed. The other locations - the Musée Fabre and the Carré Ste Anne - are nearby in the historic centre. Other exhibitions, out of selection, are also to be found in the centre.
For the projections and partnership evenings we have a fully equipped 300 place lecture theatre.

Carré Ste Anne 1
The Prizes

The Jury Prize
This prize rewards a young European photographer whose development is deemed particularly worthy of encouragement. It is not intended simply to honour a particular body of work, but to send a signal of support to a photographer who the jury believes has the potential to go much further.
The prize is an award of 1000 euros, plus the purchase of one or more prints by the Town of Montpellier for its permanent collection. This prize is awarded during the first weekend of the festival.

The Exchange Prize
This is the result of a partnership between the Boutographies and the festival Fotoleggendo in Rome. It consists of an exchange of exhibitions between the two festivals. A work exhibited at the Boutographies is chosen by the directors of Fotoleggendo to be exhibited in Rome in October, with the photographer's travel and hotel costs paid for, as well as the transport of the exhibition. This prize is announced during the first weekend.

The Public Prize
This prize rewards a photographer chosen by the vote of the general public. In a gift of apple products Bu our partner I tribu.

Our cultural partners


Festival Fotoleggendo
Roma / Italy

The partnership between FotoLeggendo and the Boutographies is the story of a friendship born in 2005, and which has never faded since.

Organised by the association Officine Fotografiche and presided by Emilio d'Itri, the festival Fotoleggendo is today one of the major photography appointments in Rome and in Italy. It exhibits at the same time well-known names of international photography and young artists that it chooses to support. The main critics, publishers, and agency directors of the country meet during seminars and portfolio reviews, which attract an audience coming from the entire peninsula. 

This partnership consists of:

Every year in October FotoLeggendo displays among its works a series chosen from the current selection at the Boutographies, and we do the same with a photographer noticed in Rome.

The winner is not only offered visibility, but the transport of her/his exhibition, the travel and hotel costs are also entirely paid for.

This exchange reasserts the mission of the two festivals, to promote the circulation of young European photography in a variety of places and in the best conditions of visibility.

Le Lac gelé Space of photographic phenomena
Nîmes / France

The gallery Le Lac gelé, emblematic space of photographic and artistic encounters located in our neighbour Nîmes, is for the Boutographies a partner that shares the same commitment for contemporary photography. The winner of the Jury Prize at the Boutographies is exhibited every year in  Nîmes, and in exchange we show in our own gallery, Le Mur rouge, a photographer supported by Le Lac gelé.


Gallery FOCALE Association, bookstore and photographic gallery
Nyon / Switzerland


FOCALE is one of the oldest places in Switzerland entirely dedicated to photography. Over the years, the gallery has established itself through its high quality, becoming a convivial space of meetings, a crossroads dedicated to photography with a reputation that is expanding little by little beyond the Swiss borders. 

The gallery FOCALE welcomes within its walls photographers coming from all over Europe, but also from USA, Mexico, Paraguay, Cuba and Russia. Renowned photographers such as Robert Frank, Leonard Freed, Mario Giacomelli or Gilbert Garcin  have presented their works here. The gallery also opens its space to professionals who are still unknown or gaining recognition. From now on it will have an annual exchange with the Boutographies, with the aim of giving a better visibility to the photographers supported by the two structures.

The Rencontres take place in May each year, at the beginning of the summer festival season. The weather is usually ideal at this time to fully enjoy the pleasures of Montpellier. Open air exhibitions are often programmed in the public gardens and spaces.
Portfolio revues, debates, projections and numerous opening evenings contribute to a fruitful exchange between photographers and public.
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The Staff
Peter Vass

Peter Vass

Arnaud Laroche

Arnaud Laroche

Christian Maccotta

Artistic director
Christian Maccotta

Susanne Klein

Susanne Klein

Marie Noëlle Diochon

Project "The jury's projection"
Marie Nöelle Diochon

Arnaud Laroche

Project "Villages en photographie"
Arnaud Laroche

Brigitte Pertoldi

Journal du Festival
Brigitte Pertoldi

Sylvie Suire

Sylvie Suire

Rachelle Ceccarelli

Translations & social networks
Rachele Ceccarelli

Mirela Petcu

PAO Journal du festival
Mirela Petcu

Jean François Malet

Jean François Malet


Christopher Sly

Tina Lehmann