Paris Photo Month on the move

The biennial festival is moving its dates from November to April

The biennial photography festival in Paris, Mois de la Photo (Photo Month), is moving its dates from November to April to avoid competition with Paris Photo. The 19th edition of the festival, which was due to take place this month, will open in April 2017. Founded in 1980, the event helped establish Paris as a centre of photography and inspired the launch of Paris Photo in November 1997. But the “magnetic” success of the fair made it “urgent” to reposition the festival, says François Hébel, the artistic director of Mois de la Photo, who is the former director of Les Rencontres d'Arles. He has rebranded the event to include venues from greater Paris for the first time. “The Mois de la Photo isn’t addressed to the industry but above all to the wider public,” Hébel told our sister newspaper Le Journal des Arts.