Director Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (France)
After working as a consultant to the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson from 2015 to 2017, François Hébel was appointed to the position of director in November 2017. Before this appointment, he had, however, long since made a name for himself in the photographic scene: He directed the prestigious Rencontres d’Arles photo festival from 1986 to 1987, where he showed the work of a new generation of photographers, including now such prominent names such as Martin Parr, Nan Goldin or Eugene Richards.
He held the function of director of the Magnum Agency between 1987 and 2000 and went on to work as the Vice President of the Corbis stock agency from 2000 to 2001. He returned to the festival in Arles in the function of director from 2001 to 2014.
Hebel is, among other things, the initiator and Art Director of the first Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris, as well as the co-founder and Art Director of the Biennale Foto/Industria in Bologna, and the Photo Spring in Beijing. He has also been Art Director of the French Protocol program in the gallery of the French Institute Alliance Française in New York since 2015.