EMoP Luxembourg ( European Month of photography Luxembourg ) is a photo festival dating back to 2006 having replaced the “Semaines de l’Image“ organized by our association (Café-Crème asbl) since 2002.
Café-Crème asbl Luxembourg is the managing entity of the European Month of Photography Luxembourg. Since 2006 the association is a member of EMoP asbl, a non-profit association of European Photo festivals.
The European Month of Photography (EMoP) as an international event 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) who designates the MUSA Vienna as manager of the viennese festival. 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, Athens in 2014. Since 2004, representatives of these cities are meeting about four to five times a year to discuss common projects. Five common exhibitions about the aesthetics and technical challenges met by contemporary photographers and artists have been organized – each with a catalogue – since.
In 2013, the eight capitals decided to work further as members of a non-profit association with its headquarters based in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.
In 2018, Vienna moves the management of the local festival to Kunst Haus Wien.