After FIAP closed its headquarters in the city of Paris, its president, Riccardo Busi, formed the view that the future development of FIAP should radiate out, such that its activities involve a greater dissemination and presence among all its Operational Members, the photo clubs and their photographers and supporters of photography.
As a result, the decision was made to form centres where photographic activities such as exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and everything related to photography could take place. Such centres would be recognized by FIAP as FIAP Exhibition Centres and be a voice for FIAP’s objective to promote photographic art in all its aspects through all kinds of photographic events.
Photographic exhibitions enable photographers and their works to become known. They increase the visibility of photographic activity and how it evolves around the world. The life of the Exhibition Centres is not only based on exhibiting images and photographic collections of the most diverse subjects, but also on giving lectures and photographic talks to comment on the works that are exhibited in them, holding photographic conferences and workshops. Photographic exchanges are the most important activity as it broadens knowledge when one sees diverse photographs from other photographic artists and from other locations around the world.
Exhibitions and activities, with international elements, held in FIAP Exhibition Centres can be granted special recognition in the form of FIAP Auspices. This is free of charge and gives greater prestige to these events. It is extremely important that places given recognition as FIAP Exhibition Centres be vibrant hubs of photographic activity.
In summary: the Exhibition Centres are the "Ambassadors of the FIAP".