Birth of the Centre for photography

The idea for the Centre came from the desire to create a place in the department of the Tarn, and between Albi and Toulouse, where photographers could meet in an environment dedicated to the art of photography.

Dominique Laugé wanted to set up a centre where experimentation at the juncture of digital and traditional techniques would be a source of creativity. With the emphasis on technique and experimentation, the centre is equipped with high quality material suitable for even the most experienced of photographers. 

Opening the Centre to the wider public was the obvious thing to do, as the dissemination of the photographic arts seems to us to be the natural companion of experimentation. In this way, the exhibition gallery allows people who are not necessarily photographers themselves, to gain access to the diversity of photographic expression.

The intent was also to develop, in this vaulted hall, activities at the meeting point of photography with other artistic forms such as drawing, music, cinema and theatre.


Dominique Laugé was born in La Rochelle (France) in 1958 and studied literature at the university of Bordeaux. Between 1982 and 1984, he followed a course at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara (California) where he also studied Zone system with Bob Werling and Ansel Adams. From 1985 to 2005 Dominique lived for a while in Geneva, Switzerland then moved to Milan, Italy where he worked as a freelance photographer. He received several awards such as the Epica Awards (1990) ; the Art Directors Club Italian Prize for several advertising campaigns (1991-93) ; the Kodak European Gold Award for Portrait Photography (1995, 1996) ; the Mediastar Award (2005).

In 2005 Dominique moved back to France, settling with his family in Gaillac, in the South West, and has since worked on landscape and still life editorial projects. He is also in charge of the organization of the Photography Prize of the Fondation de Treilles.

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