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Applicants were invited for Boutographies: Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier after a call to European photographers. This year, the jury was presided over by Valérie Cazin of the Binôme Gallery in Paris.

The programme for 2017 offers a wide display of the ways the photographic image has been considered and constructed by the most talented of the more than six hundred photographers who presented their work this year. Some have approached the image from a point of view primarily physical – odours, sounds, and non-figurative perceptions, images which refuse all points of reference to exert better their greater imaginative or symbolic power. Christelle Boulé, Eun Chun and Jannemarein Renout took this route. The other artists presented on the walls or in projection are closer to a more traditional photographic narrative, but no less attentive to sensitivity, a human presence and a relationship to a given space.  Sandra Mehl, who we are delighted to welcome for her first important exhibition in her home town, and Ali Mobasser observe the presence of individuals for whom they have a close attachment, in a relationship full of curiosity, empathy and questioning.  For Zoé Van Der Haegen and Flaminia Celata (Fotoleggendo Exchange Prize 2016), nature carries the memory of a human presence that intervenes in the forms, material and substance, even before exercising its power of making an image of the world.

The Boutographies Team

Les Boutographies, Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier
From 6th to 28th May 2017
Pavillon populaire
Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, Montpellier
And at various places in the city

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Regardez Voir : Circulation(s) & Les Boutographies, two French Photo festivals

Every week, L’Oeil de la Photographie presents the radio program Regardez voir, produced by Brigitte Patient on France Inter. This week, Interview with Marion Hislen, curator and director of Circulation(s) Festival, and Ida Jakobs & Pierre Liebaert, two young photographers exhi...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Olivier Lovey, Puissance Foudre

Jacques Emery is an electrician. Shut in his cellar in his spare time, he nurtures an almost mystical relationship with lightening. Many of his machines recreate this meteorological phenomenon in miniature, and at will. His piece de resistance is a Tesla bobbin, capable of produc...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Michel Le Belhomme, Les deux labyrinthes

Detached from any romantic or touristic vision of the landscape, Michel Le Belhomme’s photographic research develops an ambiguous relation with representation, between document and fiction. Extoling an analytical photography, his images place the spectator in a situation of...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Birte Kaufmann, The Travellers

My project "The Travellers" gives an insight to the everyday life of Ireland’s largest minority group.This group has a nomadic origin, stemming from the tradition of migrant workers. As this tradition no longer exists, the travellers are looking for a new identity within th...

Boutographies 2015 : Interview With Christian Maccotta

The Boutographies festival opened last weekend in Montpellier, France. This 15th edition was chaired by the Swiss photographer Christian Lutz. The program features the work of young European photographers selected by the jury, an exhibition devoted to the guest of honor, the Prix...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Christian Lutz, Guest of Honour

The trilogy Power, which Christian Lutz started ten years ago, proposes a unique vision of the stakes involved in the exercise of power. Protokoll (2007), on political power, goes behind the scenes of the activities of a ministerial delegation of the Swiss Confederation. Tropical...

Alavaro Deprit : The Exchange Prize Fotoleggendo / Boutographies 2014

The result of a partnerships between Boutographies and the FotoLeggendo festival in Rome, the Boutographies team selected the exhibition Al-Andalus by photographer Alvaro Deprit, which appeared at FotoLeggendo 2014. In exchange, the FotoLeggendo team will select an exhibition at ...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Mario Brand, Storyteller

This is a series of pictures of so-called film-plates which were used for 14 years in a big Multiplex-Cinema until March of 2013. These plates transported the analogue 35mm-Film by rotation to the film-projectors which are not in use there anymore. What we see on these pictures a...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Romain Mader & Nadja Kilchhofer, Aliona

Taking their cue from the universe of François Burland, the two young photographers have transposed their own fiction to this environment. They imagine a Russian expedition into Space, where 10 men and 10 women have been selected to invent new forms of life elsewhere than ...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Laurence Rasti, There are no homosexuals in Iran
The 2015 Jury Prize

On the 24th of September 2007, at the University of Colombia, the former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said, « unlike in your country, in Iran we don’t have any homosexuals ». Nowadays, while many Western countries have accepted gay marriages, in Iran ...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Heiko Tiemann, Infliction

These images are part of a project which I sarted more than a year ago  , in a school for children with different degrees of learning difficulties, Asperger-Syndrome and trauma in Duisburg/Germany. It is within an area with  lot of social problems and this school, which...

Les Boutographies 2015 : Emanuele Brutti, Just Another Boxer

There is a strong connection between the street and boxing. The road is seen as the first ring in which a young boxer fight to build a future.  People are used to think a boxer is like a stray dog that has nothing to do with the majority of the population that surrounds...

Cyril Costilhes : Echange Prize FotoLeggendo / Boutographies 2015

This project stems from the need to make sense of an impossible family situation. The wish to face up to a psychic abyss. Urgent! Photographic exorcism. My father left to live in Diego Suarez, Madagascar in 2001. Two years later he was the victim of a serious motorbike accident. ...

Les Boutographies 2015 : André Lützen, Zhili Byli

As a sequence “Zhili Byli” (Once upon a time...) combines images of contemporary living and housing conditions with a series of portraits of residents from the city of Arkhangelsk. The city in northwest Russia is plunged into freezing temperatures for eight months a y...