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Photography Research Residency & Exhibition in Paris

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What Makes this event different?

This residency also includes a group exhibition.

Beyond the Frame - Image in Action aims to pose questions on the role and the responsibilities of an image within today's global society.

Thanks to French inventors Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre, the country is known as the birthplace of photography.  Paris is the most important historical hub for lens-based image-makers.

Photographic work tracks movement and light and offers us a way to see, witness, look, criticize,  learn, investigate, state, inform, distract, propose, compose, apply, act and get involved. It is a multidisciplinary arena between the fields of arts, science, communication, and documentation. Photography often proposes a point of view and therefore generates new ways of seeing, giving us manipulated perceptions that can reflect opinions, feelings, and impressions offering infinite points of view on humanity. 

Program Overview

The Photography Research Residency, one of L'AiR Arts’s innovative programs,​ is designed to allow participants to explore their creative practice within historical and contemporary Parisian contexts.

The immersive 2-week program offers photographers a stimulating experience of intercultural exchange, research, and professional development. 

To better understand the historical context of the contemporary art scene, residents will tour artistic Montparnasse, following the steps of iconic photographers, such as
Brassai, Man Ray, and Lee Miller, and visit relevant institutions, such as Maison Européenne de la Photo, Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson and Maison Doisneau in Gentilly. Residents will visit the most important institutions for contemporary photography in Paris, including Le Bal and Jeu de Paume, as well as commercial galleries such as Polka, Galerie Camera Obscura, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Galerie Binome, and Les Douches.

The residency provides an opportunity for professional development and skill-sharing by offering access to photo labs and schools such as Paris College of Art, as well as visiting studios of Paris-based photographers. Artists have the chance to work with analog and digital photography, as well as alternative processes. Workshops on specific topics will be offered by local professionals. Curators facilitate group discussions and offer opportunities for individual portfolio readings and mentorship.

At the end of the residency, artists get the opportunity to exhibit at the Mémoire de l’Avenir gallery, located in the center of Belleville, a prominent contemporary art district of Paris. During the opening reception, participants are invited to present their work and engage in further discussion with local public and industry professionals.

2020 Dates

Residency: June 16 - 30 (two weeks)
Exhibition: June 27 - August 29 (Opening June 26)


Residency fees

As a not-for-profit organization, our residency fees only aim to cover the costs, already subsidized by our individual and institutional partners (equivalent to a scholarship of over 1000 euro per selected participant). The residency fees cover all the components, from the accommodation, most meals and local transportation, to creative space and curated programming over the residency period.


  • 1900 euros (based on shared accommodation between 2 – 4 residents)
  • 2250 euros (based on private accommodation)

​Some further financial support and scholarships are available. For more information, please see our Funding page.

Application and Selection Process
The program is open to professional artists at any stage in their career, who use photography as the primary medium of their artistic practice. Arts professionals, curators and art historians, who specialize in photography are also invited to apply. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their application, and its relevance to current discourse on photography.

Submissions from all countries are welcome, but an intermediate level of English is required in order to understand and interact with others on the program.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of international and Paris-based arts professionals. The selection process includes an open call application and panel process, nominations and invitations.

For more information about this opportunity for photographers, please visit the Event Website.


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