Founded in 1958, the Institute of Higher Studies of Social Communications (IHECS) located in the heart of Brussels has had, since its inception, a specific feature the teaching and practice of the media, thus aiming at effective communication. The school leads to a Master’s degree in Applied Communication.
Among the various media taught, photography has always been fundamental and, although IHECS is not a school of photography, many former students have continued to practice it professionally as photojournalists, documentary photographers and advertisers. or as visual artists.
That’s why the current photography professors have taken the initiative to mark this year’s 60th anniversary with a major exhibition gathering these elders since the first promotions which promises a considerable mix of genres.
The IHECS asked André Soupart, filmmaker and photographer, honorary professor, who had many of them as students, to be the curator of this exhibition “60 years / 60 photographers”.
Indeed, many have been awarded and published. Some have created collectives, others have joined recognized agencies. Among the photo-reporters, Cédric Gerbehaye, Pauline Beugnies, Colin Delfosse, Roger Job or Alexis Haulot, Virginie N’Guyen or Marie Tihon who are published in many magazines or newspapers, or artists such as France Dubois, Bénédicte Vanderreydt, Catherine Longly or Christine Mawet who exhibit in galleries or places of contemporary art. Intimate or poetic photography is also represented by such personalities as Vincent Delbrouck, Mélanie Wenger or Christel Magnée.
It is impossible to name them all, these photographers working both in film and digital, some still producing daguerreotypes or images with wet collodion.
During this exhibition, which will take place at the Architecture Space of the Faculty of Horta Architecture of the ULB, 19 place Flagey in Brussels various meetings are organized, including screenings of films made by these elders who practice video in addition to photography. , as well as the film “Harry Gruyaert Photographer” by Guerrit Messiaen.
HECS – 60/60
from March 15th to April 22nd
Faculty of Architecture
The Horta Cambre of the ULB