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Open by appointment, from Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm)

The Institut pour la photographie aims to support publishing and books in all their forms. The Library is a free place of information and resources on the history of photography for all audiences.

It houses the collections of Annie-Laure Wanaverbecq, a historian of photography, acquired in 2018, and Lucien Birgé, a collector who donated more than 25 000 documents.

It currently has over 4 000 documents (general and thematic anthologies, monographs, theoretical works, periodicals, old collections, youth section) available on site from Tuesday to Sunday and referenced online through a digital portal, created with the CRP/ (Douchy-les-Mines), Diaphane (Clermont-de-l’Oise), Château Coquelle (Dunkerque) and Destin Sensible (Mons-en-Baroeul) referencing the work of the local actors.

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The Institut pour la photographie aims to support publishing and books in all their forms. The Library is a place of information and resources on the history of photography for all audiences. It houses the collection of Annie-Laure Wanaverbecq, a historian of photography, acquired in 2018.

The Library is regularly enriched with donations and acquisitions related to the Institute’s programmes.

It currently has over 4 000 documents (general and thematic anthologies, monographs, theoretical works, periodicals, old collections, youth section) available on site from Tuesday to Sunday and referenced soon online.

Check our online catalog