The photographic mission

By initiating the Photograpic Mission Grand Est (PMGE), on the model of the Heliographic Mission (France, 1851) or
the DATAR (mission orered by the French interministerial delegation for land planning and regional attractiveness,
1980’s), the Grand Est Region wishes to depict the diversity of its territories, to attest of its social changes, and also to support photographic creation.
Jointly organized by La Chambre (Strasbourg) and the CRI des Lumières (Lunéville), the PMGE is ordered and
funded by the Grand Est Region. Thus, it is proposed to 5 artists to explore this territory and to offer their vision of
it through photography. Their research on a free subject can apply to locations, inhabitants, infrastructures, should
go from the general to the particular.


The PMGE seeks to answer questions such as :

– How to understand today’s territory ?
– What and who does it consist of ?
– Which signs does it emit to make itself visible ?
– What are its effects and its causes ?

For the general public, the created images will serve as discovery, identification and reflection supports about the
contrasts and the common features inherent to the territory.
They will be the object of exhibitions and a publication, and will become an archival collection for the Grand Est region.
They will be put online and be accessible to the wide audience on a dedicated website


The MPGE is open to professional photographers showing regular production, exhibitions, possibly publications, and being affiliated to a social security contributions fund specific to the artistic field. Candidates are not required to age or place of residence.


Launch of the call for applications from March 25, 2019 to June 7, 2019. Published on the website www. and relayed on the sites of the Great East Region, the Chamber and the CRI of the Enlightenment, and disseminated in the regional and national networks.

The mission

After a pre-selection and selection phase by a national jury made up of geographers, historians, landscape architects, photographers and representatives of the organizing structures (Grand Est Region, La Chambre, Cri des lumières) , the photographic mission will begin in September 2019 for a year

Project follow up

Selected artists and organizers stay in regular contact throughout the entire period of the order. The Chamber, the Scream of Lights and the members of the steering committee will accompany the artists at the logistical, financial and artistic level.


For the 5 photographers selected: Compensation up to € 10,000 / photographer + expenses.
Including the delivery of a body of works with assignment of rights for exhibition, publication and use for communication purposes. the photographic mission Grand-Est