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Jean-François LEROY

Photo-Reporter, director of the Festival Visa pour l'Image

Born in 1956, as a journalist and passionate enthusiast of photography, Jean-François Leroy worked for Photo-Reporter, Le Photographe, Photo-Revue and Photo Magazine.
At the same time, he produced photo reports for the agency Sipa-Press. In 1988, he became Dominique Issermann’s agent. In 1989, in collaboration with Yann Arthus-Bertrand, he carried out the project « 3 days in France » profiling a portrait of France, 150 years after the invention of photography.
Since September 1989 he has been running the international photojournalism festival Visa pour l’image. From 1997 to 2009, he partnered with Hachette-Filipacchi through the company Images Evidence, that he bought in July 2009 and of which he is now chairman.


Michket KRIFA

Artistic Director, Les Rencontres de Bamako

Michket Krifa is an independent curator, author and consultant for visual arts in the Middle East and Africa. She lives and works in Paris and has, since 2009, been the artistic director of the 8th and 9th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography.

The following is a list of events Michket Krifa has curated:
The first Iranian photography exhibition in EuropeRegards persans (Iran- Espace Electra 2001), Printemps Palestinien (80 events in 1998, AFAA), La saison tunisienne(Curator for photography-France 1995), Algeria, Fact and effects Paris 2003, Bamako 2005), Women by Women ( FFI Frankfort 2004), Femmes d’images Fragments d’intimités (women arab visual artists - Cultures France,2007- 2010), Femmes d’images - espaces privés ( Tunisian women visual artists- Musée de la ville de Tunis, 2008).

Monographs include Youssef Nabil (RIP Arles 2003), Zineb Sedira, Jananne Al Ani, Raed Saadeh (RIP, Arles 2002).

Michket Krifa collaborates with many institutions and has organised events around the Middle East and African photography in Europe and abroad.

Michket Krifa has written many essays and articles on photography and has edited books and catalogues.


Dimitri BECK

Journalist and Director of Photographie for Polka Magazine

Dimitri Beck is the Photo Directir of the Paris based photojournalism magazine, Polka. Dimitri has been part of the executive management of Polka since the beginning of the company in 2008, contributing to the development of the magazine, gallery and website. During his spare time Dimitri gives lectures on photojournalism at conferences and educational institutes.

Prior to working at Polka, Dimitri was the Director and the editor of the Aina Photo Agency based in the Afghan capital Kabul from September 2004 to December 2006, where he was also the Editor-in-chief for the Anglo-French feature magazine Les Nouvelles de Kaboul – New Afghanistan. His thirst to travel to Afghanistan was inspired when he was working as editor-in-chief of Reza Deghati’s photo agency “Webistan”.

He started out as an independent journalist filing reports to French and international media outlets from trips he did in the Caucasus area and across Central Asia in particular.



Heritage general curator, the director of the ARCP (City of Paris Photographic Conservation and Restoration Workshop) since its creation in 1983.

Ph.D in Art History at the Université Paris 1 (specialized in contemporary arts, historical research and techniques), she graduated from the Master’s degree in Sciences and techniques in conservation-restoration of cultural property and from the undergraduate program of History and archaeology at the same university.

She published numerous articles and contributed in various works about History, photographic techniques and conservation methods.

Since 1994, she carries out exhibition curating functions in Parisian or international photographic collections.

She is administrator of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, and of the French Society of Photography.



Claire Berger-Vachon is head of the international relations division of the Paris Town Hall at the Cultural Services

She has been in charge of multiple cultural and artistic missions for the City of Paris, specially in performing and visual arts. She is a former supervisor of the Opera de Lyon and was also the head of the Palais des Congrès de Lyon.

Serving under the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1999 until 2003, she worked successively as the director of the French cultural centre of Seoul, and head of the Hong Kong Alliance Française where she promoted French culture and language through exhibitions and events in cooperation with the Institut Français.

She recently participated to the exhibition “Paris Champ et Hors Champ”, featuring both videos and contemporary photographs.


Stanley GREENE

Photographer, Noor Agency

Stanley Greene was as a teenager a member of the Black Panthers and anti-Vietnam War activist, well known in the early years of his career for his work The Western Front, a unique documentation of the 70s and 80s punk scene in San Francisco.

In 1986, he moved to Paris and began covering events throughout the world. He soon found himself photographing the myriad aspects of the decline of communism and the break-up of the Soviet Union. In the following years he photographed in Southern Sudan, India, Rwanda Zaire, Iraq, Sudan, Darfur, Afghanistan, Kashmir and Lebanon. From 1994 to 2001, Greene photographed extensively the conflict in Chechnya, between rebels and the Russian armed forces.

Stanley was awarded a Katrina Media Fellowship from the Open Society Institute in 2006, and he has won five World Press Photo awards. He also won the W. Eugene Smith Award and the Alicia Patterson in 2004, and the Pipak (International Price Albert Kahn Planet) in 2011. In 2013, Stanley received the Aftermath Project Grant to continue his work in the Caucasus.