François Hébel was name managing director of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris, in november of 2017. The announcement follows director Agnès Sire’s decision to focus more on the organization’s artistic direction and exhibition program. The Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation is relocating from the Montparnasse district to a larger space in the Marais.
Hébel was artistic director of Le Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris 2017.
Before he has been Director of Les Rencontres de la photographie at Arles in 1986-1987, when he showed works by a new generation of photographers, including seminal figures of the 1980s such as Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Paul Graham, Annie Leibovitz, Sebastiao Salgado, and Eugene Richards.
Between 1987 and 2000, he led the photography agency, Magnum (Paris and International). He returned to the prestigious festival Les Rencontres in 2001 as Director, where he remained for other thirteen years. Hébel also co-created the Photo Spring...festival in Beijing, China.
His publications include Mick Jagger: The Photobook (Contrasto +4, 2010) and Harry Gruyaert, Rivages (Textuel, 2003).