Founded in 1978 at the initiative of Henry Chapier, Jean-Luc Monterosso, Marcel Landowski and Francis Balagna, the association “Paris Audiovisuel” is at the origin of the International Biennial Month of Photography in 1980, whose public success helped to create a special relationship with the City of Paris which – over the years – has become the first partner and financial supporter of its initiatives.
At the end of the 80’s the association “Paris Audiovisuel” had two ambitions: to promote the arts and develop a cultural policy towards the Paris citizens with the goal to make of the Photo Month (Le Mois de la Photo à Paris) a major event of the City of Light – as Paris is called – and of the city the undisputed capital of photography.
Thanks to the municipality the association could move to new premises and the construction of a modern building entrusted to the architect Yves Lion in 1996 that allowed for the opening of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Therefore the association is now called “Paris Audiovisuel – European House of Photography” and retains a status that gives it complete freedom of action. Since the opening in 1996, Henry Chapier is president and Jean-Luc Monterosso is managing director.