The exhibition "The Manhattan Darkroom" was created in 2013 by Vincent Montana with the collaboration of curators François Cheval and Audrey Hoareau. This exhibition has made known and popularized throughout the world the unprecedented work of photographer Henri Dauman.

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The photographic background "The Manhattan Darkroom" represents more than 200 unpublished photographs, in single print. It's now accessible to the acquisition for collectors or simply lovers of photography.


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Official website of the exhibition "The Manhattan Darkroom - Henri Dauman, Photographs". 
Production Vincent Montana, Curators François Cheval and Audrey Hoareau.
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The exhibition "The Manhattan Darkroom" was inaugurated on November 4, 2014 at the Palais d'Iéna in Paris after 10 months of development between Paris and New York. There were nearly 18,000 visitors in a few days. She was the center of attention at the Paris Photo exhibition and collected more than 200 press articles around the world.

This exhibition was also hosted at the Musée Nicéphore Nièpce and in other venues.

The exhibition was created at the initiative of  Vincent Montana  who called on the exhibition curators specialized in the history of photography François Cheval and Audrey Hoareau.

This exhibition was supervised by photographer  Henri Dauman.


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Vincent Montana has been a radio presenter, business leader, cinema studio man , event specialist and exhibition producer since 1987.

After university courses in Art History and Visual Communication Techniques, he created "Mediapolis, International Days of Image and Communication", an image festival with Warner Bros. The Walt Disney Company or the french satiric newspaper "le Canard Enchaîné" and the first Harcourt exhibition. On this occasion, he made the public rediscover Georges Méliès and Emile Reynaud, two genius precursors in film.

In the early 90s, he joined the famous man of Media, Yves Mourousi at Radio Monte Carlo as presenter of the show "The Gift of Jazz". Subsequently, he was called by Michel Bassi to join the SFP (French Movie and TV Production Company) to promote the company in the context of the privatization of film and television studios owned by the French governement.

In 1996, he left for New York and became a consultant to set up businesses in the United States. It was during this period that he met Henri Dauman

A few months after September 11, 2001, he returned to France to advise Alain Juillet, new president of Marks & Spencer in full national closure.

From 2003, he created Company Europea & associates for the creation of "one shot" events for companies or sports organizations.

In 2013, he set up the exhibition project "The Manhattan Darkroom, Henri Dauman Photographies" which will be inaugurated on November 4, 2014 at the Palais d'Iéna in Paris.

He is co-author of the book "The Manhattan Darkroom" with François Cheval and Audrey Hoareau.




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Trained in history and ethnology, François Cheval has served as a museum curator since 1982.

From 1996 to 2016, he directed the Nicéphore Niépce museum in Chalon-sur-Saône. There, he undertakes to rid photography of its presuppositions and to present the originality of the "photographic" through a renewed museography and speech.

In the continuity of projects developed outside museums, he continues his activities as artistic director (founder of the BMW residence, HSBC Prize for Photography) and curator (MuCEM for Marseille-Provence 2013, Pavillon Populaire de Montpellier, PhotoEspaña, Rencontres d'Arles, etc.).

He is in charge of the 2017 edition of the Mérignac Photographic Festival. François Cheval is the co-founder and co-director of the new Lianzhou Museum of Photography, the first public museum dedicated to photography in China.

He leads The Red Eye which is to promote, defend and promote photography in all its forms. This project-driven organization, born in 2016, offers exhibitions, events or collaborations in France or abroad, addressing all types of places and publics.




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After graduate studies in communication and work of the exhibition, Audrey Hoareau began his career at Nicéphore Niepce Museum of Chalon-sur-Saône in 2004. She leads several studies on funds: stereoscopic photography, industrial and contemporary collections. She assists François Horse in the preparation of exhibitions "monographic" especially the retrospective Peter Knapp in 2008 and André Steiner exhibition in 2011.

She recently participated in the organization in China International Photography Festival Lianzhou 2012 and is co-curator of a cycle of four exhibitions at MuCEM museum for Marseilles-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture.

She is co-curator of the exhibition The Manhattan Darkroom - Henri Dauman since September 2013.

She now works with François Cheval and co-leads the Red Eyes structure.