Café-Crème asbl Luxembourg is a member of EMoP asbl a network of European capitals and their photo institutions.
The European Month of Photography (EMoP) was initiated in 2004 by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, and its director Jean-Luc Monterosso as a joint venture between European capitals hosting a photography festival with the aim to confront expertise in curatorial practice in photography and the intention to develop common projects, notably exhibitions, including exchange of information about the local photographers and artists concerned with photography. As founding members acted the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, the Cultural Department of the City of Berlin (Museumspädagogischer Dienst Berlin headed by Thomas Friedrich ) and the Department for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna (director Bernhard Denscher). Those three members were subsequently joined by the Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, the Museum of Photography, Moscow, the association Zone Attive working for the City of Rome and Café-Crème asbl for Luxembourg. When Moscow and Rome left the network in 2010, Photon Association, Ljubljana, the Association of Hungarian Photographers in Budapest joined the network in 2012, Athens in 2014.
In January 2018, the Kunsthaus Vienna replaced MUSA as manager of the Vienna photo festival. The Musa photo collection was transferred to Wien Museum. In January 2023, the Vienna festival was handed to Foto Wien with felix Hoffmann as manager.
Representatives of these cities were meeting about four to five times a year to discuss common projects. 7 common exhibitions about the aesthetics and technical challenges met by contemporary photographers and artists were organized – each with a catalogue – between 2006 and 2019.
Following some changes in the political and cultural bodies of certain cities, the structure of the network has been modified. Representatives of Budapest, Bratislava, Ljubljana and Athens left in 2017. In 2021, Lisbon joined the network and in Paris, the “Circulations” festival replaced the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. The Brussels festival, organized by the art space Hangar, joined the network in 2022. Two catalogs have since been produced on the themes of “Rethinking Nature” (2021) and “Rethinking Identity” (2023) by a jury composed of representatives from Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Paris, and Vienna.