The Mois de la Photo-OFF is a fringe festival organised in parallel to the official Mois de la Photo. This year Paris’ official month of photography —which has taken place in November every two years for over twenty years— has moved to April. An even bigger change is that it now has expanded to include the “greater” Paris suburbs.
The Photo-Off fest, organized by Paris Photographique founded by Neil Atherton in 2004, emphasizes new visions and the unexpected. To those who preferred to keep the official festival in November and in traditional Paris Atherton says, “For our part, we have always sought to include places in the suburbs. In addition, it seemed natural that the “off” follow its big brother to celebrate photography in the spring.”
“Our goal,” says Atherton “is to offer a dynamic selection of emerging photographers exhibited in young galleries and unexpected spaces. This space could be a gallery, a cultural centre, a bookshop or almost any other indoor or outdoor space which is suitable to host an exhibition and is open to the public. Entry to all the exhibits are free and are listed in a printed catalogue according to their geographic position in the city and online //www.moisdelaphoto-off.org/2017
The Mois de la Photo-OFF is organized by Paris Photographique founded by Atherton in 2004. It is a non-profit structure specialized in the organisation of fine art exhibitions that showcase the work of emerging and established, independent, contemporary photographers. “Organised by photographers for photographers” says Atherton “the aim of our exhibitions is to encourage emerging photographers to exhibit and sell their work. We also aim to create working relationships between galleries, agents, collectors and artists. The success of the Mois de la Photo-OFF festival, which Paris Photographique has organised since 2006, is testament to our aim.”