EMOP is a network of photography or visual arts institutions of seven European capitals registered in Luxembourg as a non profit association (RC: F 9847 / Statutes ).
The European Month of Photography (EMOP) was initiated in 2004 by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, and its director Jean-Luc Monterosso as a joint venture between European capitals hosting a photography festival with the aim to confront expertise in curatorial practice in photography and the intention to develop common projects, notably exhibitions, including exchange of information about the local photographers and artists concerned with photography. As founding members acted the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, the Cultural Departement of the City of Berlin (Museumspädagogischer Dienst Berlin headed by Thomas Friedrich) and the Department for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna (director Bernhard Denscher).
Thomas Friedrich (1948 – ✝2012), founding member of EMOP.
Carole Prat, City of Paris representative (2004-2008)
Those three members were subsequently joined by the Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, the Museum of Photography, Moscow, the association Zone Attive working for the City of Rome and Café-Crème asbl for Luxembourg. Whereas Moscow and Rome have left the network in the meantime, Photon Association, Ljubljana, and the Association of Hungarian Photographers in Budapest have joined the network in 2012. The Hellenic Center of Photography, Athens joined in 2014 and left in 2018.
Starting January 2018, our long-time Vienna partner Musa was taken over by Wien Museum; its place was taken by Kunst Haus Wien, our new partner.
Since 2004, representatives of these cities are meeting about four times a year to discuss common projects. Five exhibitions about the aesthetics and technical challenges met by contemporary photographers and artists have been organized each with a catalogue.
The association’s initial website hosted first in Bratislava then in Paris from 2006 to 2012 is presently an archive of past activities. It will not be updated.
In order to develop further international cooperation in the field of photography, but also to promote essentially European emerging artists whose use of contemporary photography and image modification techniques sets them at the forefront of significant developments in image production and diffusion, it is the wish of the founding members to unite and build a European net. Therefore, beside the festivals in the participating cities, common curating and organisation of projects shall have top priority.
Board members for 2018 –
Other board members 2018:
Member with no pictures yet: Peter Baki (Director of the Hungarian Museum of Photography & President, Association of Hungarian Photographers, Budapest)
Honory former board members: