« BMW group has always been driven by a pioneer spirit. Agility, creativity and innovation are essential qualities to invent tomorrow’s mobility. BMW France turns therefore naturally towards photography in order to offer a place of free expression and to encourage the emergence of new talents. Our partnership with Paris Photo brings to the laureates an exceptional visibility alongside both the professional sector and the general public, passionate by photography.” Vincent Salimon, President of the BMW France board of management.

BMW Group engaged since 45 years in the contemporary creation.

BMW France’s engagement is part of a patronage program initiated more than 45 years ago by BMW Group, that supports more than 100 cultural projects around the world, in modern and contemporary art, jazz and classical music, and architecture and design, contributing to this extend to art’s diffusion and awareness.

The BMW Residency at Les Gobelins, school of visual arts.

The cultural engagement of BMW France concentrates on photography through the BMW Residency, created in 2011. This sponsorship aims to develop creative agility of young talents and allows one emerging photographer chosen by a jury composed of personalities internationally recognized as within the photography sector, to realize a project during a three month residency, after a call for applications. Under the artistic leadership of François Cheval, the artist have then the opportunity of exploring new fields of reflexion. Besides the scholarship and the financing of their accomodations, the laureate sees his work exhibited at Paris Photo, at the Rencontres of Arles, and inside a co-edited book by BMW and éditions Trocadéro. For Paris Photo, BMW exhibits « L’autre rive » of Emeric Lhuisset, eighth laureate of the BMW Residency and will present the first images of Lewis Bush, currently in Residency at Les Gobelins.