Started in September 2017 by the Région Hauts-de-France in collaboration with Les Rencontres d’Arles, the Institut pour la photographie embodies the determination of the Région to promote throughout its territory the vision of a culture shared by the highest number of people, especially through images. This new structure forms part of an inclusive approach stemming from initiatives and local expertise to provide the region with a national and international key institution within the field of photography.

The Institut pour la photographie is recognised as a resource centre, for dissemination, dialogue and experimentation in order to develop the photographic culture within the general public and to support research and creation. Its scientific and cultural programme is based on synergy and interactivity between five main fields of activity: dissemination, conservation, research, education and edition.