As a multifaceted curator, producer, exhibition organiser, initiator and author, François Hébel is one of the most important personalities on the international photography scene. For over 42 years, he has been at the side of photographers worldwide. Very early collaborations in the careers of today’s major artists, such as Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, JR, Robert Doisneau, Wang Qingsong, Paul Graham, Raymond Depardon, Annie Leibovitz, Sebastião Salgado, Harry Gruyaert, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Hébel has worked for numerous photo institutions and festivals: among others, as Director of the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, as a long-time Director of the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival, as Artistic Director and co-founder of the Biennale Foto/Industria in Bologna, as co-founder or advisor of photo festivals in Beijing, Kyoto and New Delhi. He was Director of Magnum Photos Paris and International for many years, Vice-President of the Corbis photo agency and Director of the Fnac galleries.