Jean-François Leroy

Visa pour l'image

Born in 1956. As a journalist and passionate enthusiast of photography, he worked for Photo-Reporter, Le Photographe, Photo-Revue and Photo Magazine. At the same time, he made reportages for the agency Sipa-Press. In 1988, he became Dominique Issermann’s agent. In collaboration with Yann Arthus-Bertrand, he realized "3 days in France" in 1989, a project creating a portrait of France in 1989, 150 years after the invention of photography. Since September 1989 he has been running Visa pour l’image, the international photojournalism festival. From 1997 to 2009, he partnered with Hachette-Filipacchi through the company Images Evidence, that he bought in July 2009 and of which he is now the chairman. Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite.