IHECS celebrates its 60th anniversary with an exhibition dedicated to photojournalism


The Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales was created in 1958 in Tournai. On this occasion, an exhibition entitled 60/60 honors the work of sixty former graduate photographers and photojournalists.

TheIHECS has been training future press and communication professionals for 60 years. In 2019, IHECS is offering university-type education where the courses focus on applied communication. At the end of the bachelor, students choose their professional orientation among six masters: journalism, public relations, media education, advertising, event management and socio-cultural animation and continuing education.

As Jean-François Raskin, managing director of the institute underlines, “IHECS is going through a pivotal period in its development. It is important to celebrate its ten decades of existence. Why with a photo exhibition? IHECS is not strictly speaking a school of photography but it is taught from the first year of study. It is a subject, a technique that can be learned very early on. ”

The institution has always been keen to train its students in various journalistic techniques, among others. ” The young people who come to register at IHECS intend to become people in the field… This is what they want to be and this is what they learn throughout their course ”, explains André Soupart, professor and curator of the exhibition 60 years old / 60 photographers. “What could be more emblematic than the photo to illustrate this point and this philosophy? We have brought together the work of former students who have become photojournalists, documentary or advertising photographers or even visual artists! “

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A rich and diverse exhibition

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Visitors will be able to discover nearly 300 works, which will be grouped together in Le petit Guggenheim, the beautiful exhibition space of the ULB La Cambre Horta Faculty of Architecture. All genres of photography will be represented: photojournalism, documentary, intimate documentary, portrait, landscape, nude, visual artist photography, fashion, advertising … A very complete panorama of the contemporary creation of former students which testifies to the excellence of their career since they graduated.

In addition to this exhibition, several events, workshops and conferences will also be organized. On March 22, Wifried Esteve will speak about entrepreneurship in photojournalism. And a few days later, on March 27, Jonathan Bradfer and Pascale Sury will debate around a positive world. Not to mention film screenings and a special MOOK evening.

The exhibition is visible until April 22, Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Faculty of Architecture ULB – La Cambre, Espace Architecture
19bis place Flagey – 1050 Brussels

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