Category: News

discounted price

Dear friends,


This is a friendly reminder that the 1st September 2017 is coming up fast so if you’d like to benefit from the discounted price on your stall for Occaphot’ 2018 you can’t leave it much longer.


For those of you who have already reserved their stalls here’s a quick checklist to ensure your reservation is complete:

Have you….

  • …Paid your stall ? The terms and conditions stipulate your reservations must be paid within 7 days of ordering.
  • … given us your ID card number ?
  • … given us your number plate ?
  • … given us the ID card numbers of your assistants ?
  • … given us the number plates of your assistants for whom you requested a parking card ?


Dissolution of the non-profit organization, but nothing really changes.

Dear friends,

This little note to give you the latest news about Photographia.

As you know, I can not continue to manage it and we were looking for someone to take over. Well, it’s almost done. We still have to complete a few small steps.

Isabel, Luc and Geneviève submitted their resignations on 11th April.

Photographia asbl is voluntarily dissolved. All activities and assets are taken over by Photoviews asbl under the chairmanship of Michel Draguet.

The purpose of the Photographia section is to preserve and promote our photographic heritage.

Photoviews must meet the following conditions:

  1. All activities currently organized under the name Photographia ASBL will be taken by Photoviews asbl under the name Photographia.
  2. Occaphot ‘, the Brussels fair, retains the name of Occaphot’ and is organized by Photographia as part of Photoviews. Occaphot’ will, according to tradition, be organized on the first Sunday of December in one of the municipalities of the city of Brussels. A change of date is only possible in case of absolute necessity and only after studying the calendar of the European fairs closely.
  3. Photographia can organize any other photographic event that it considers useful (other fairs, meetings, demonstrations, exhibitions, workshops, etc.)
  4. Affiliated members can choose to support only the Photographia or Photoviews sections or to support both sections at the same time.
  5. The privacy of the Photographia address book will be respected, no data or information about its members or participants can be distributed, sold or exchanged in any way.

All financial and material resources (bank account, exhibition material, photo material as a result of donations, address book, website and accounts on social networks, suppliers of accounts, archives, etc.) will be made available to Photoviews and / or transferred as quickly as possible to Photoviews.

In short, absolutely nothing changes for you, it is just another person responsible and we lose the 4 letters at the end of our name.
I will guide Michel in his organization of Occaphot’ 2018 at least.

Thank you for your loyalty.


Farewell Nicole


It is with great sadness that we hear that Nicole Housiaux has passed away.

Nicole gave so much to the world of Belgian photography by founding Photo Puce, a photo fair that has become legendary. The project then evolved into the non-profit organization Photographia, responsible for the organization of the Brussels photo fair under the name of Occaphot’ which kept its participants from the first hour.

Not a single event goes by, whether it’s organised by us or not, where I don’t listen to someone talk to me about the grand old days of Photo Puce.

The nostalgia of the Occaphot ‘City 2 period is also palpable.

Nicole retired from her organisation at 84 but has continued to be present.


A ceremony will be held at the Court-St-Etienne funeral home on Tuesday, March 6th at 1:30 pm.

Address: 1, Drève Goblet d’Alviella, 1490 Court-Saint-Etienne


“Nicole, the trust you gave me in handing me “your baby” touched me more than you can know.

You will be missed

With much love,

Isabel, Luc and Genevieve. “

Early birds: Amendment to the Terms and conditions for fairs

Following the feedback received from our sellers the terms and conditions for our fairs have been modified.

The changes concern the following points:

3.2) Access to the venue for stallholders will be permitted only at the stated times:

  • For paying members of the ASBL from 7h00.
  • For stall holders who are not paying members of the ASBL from 7h30.
  • Early birds from 8h30
  • Visitors from 9h30

3.3) Access will only be granted to the public after they have acquitted themselves of the entrance fee. This fee is stated on the publicity material and will be stated at the entrance. To stallholders upon presentation of their personalized badge. This badge will require a 2€ deposit per badge that will be refunded on the day itself upon return of the badge at the end of the day.

3.5) Early birds will need to pay the appropriate fee to gain access to the venue. Early birds must pre-order and will receive a early bird badge that must be worn at all times. Access will be granted 1h before the public. Looking through boxes belonging to sellers is forbidden without specific authorisation from them. Alls goodsmust be treated gently and with respect.

Organisation looking for new management.

Dear friends,


For personal reasons I can not continue to manage Photographia. Our organisation is looking for a new team to take it over to avoid complete dissolution.

With my departure the association will also lose its treasurer and his secretary. These roles will need be filled too. Occaphot ‘is almost 30 years old, it would be a shame to shut it down for good so I hope to find someone passionate and motivated to continue to bring this organisation towards the future we have imagined for it. The complete renewal of the team is an advantage because it will allow you to bring your signature to it without being hindered by well anchored pre-existing ideas.


To fill the legal minimum structure we need:

  • a chairperson
  • a treasurer
  • a secretary

Languages needed:

  • French
  • Dutch
  • English is helpful
  • German is a plus.

Our association has:

  • Minimum funds for basic operations
  • Registered paying members
  • Projects planned and partly started
  • A site in working order
  • A Facebook page with a growing following
  • Its own phone number
  • A kit constituted of all the necessary for organising fairs such as Occaphot’
  • 30 years of archives are sorted and filed.
  • Exhibitors are regulars who rent a stall every time, so the address book is reliable
  • It has planned events for which dates and places are in place
  • The association is in fiscal and legal order and has made a request for subsidies for the next 4 years. We expect response mid-January but if the amount requested is granted, the association can pay rent and a full-time employee guaranteed for 4 years.


For any information please contact us via the contact form, by email at, by phone 0471 119 550 between 9 am and 5 pm.


Without serious applications by March 10th 2018, we will begin the process of dissolution of the association. If this were to be the choice, the members would be fully reimbursed for their contributions paid since 2017.




Image: Designed by Freepik

the winners of the 2017 Tombola are:

St Nicolas has been…. who won the prizes? 
We’ve pulled 4 names out of the box:
– The Nespresso coffee machine goes to Bryan Arroba
– The Lerouge pinhole camera is for Emilie Corneux
– The rolls of film belong to Youri Drachman
– and the Lomography camera is now David Videira’s.
We’ll be in touch with the winners soon to arrange how we get these to them. But if you are one of the winners feel free to contact us too 🙂
Happy St Nicolas to all.

9 days to Deadline.


Occaphot is now  16 days away. The deadline for registering as a seller is 26th November 2017.

(Note to members:  Your membership does not automatically include you stall. You need to reserve it as well. Your advantages as a member apply to your reservation.)

To rent a stall click here:

  • Order your half tables.
  • Order your sellers badge AND the badges for your assistants. (if you are a member your members badge is enough, you don’t need to order another for yourself. You do need to order them for your assistants.)
  • Order your parking card.
  • Fill in this form with your ID information and number plates:
  • Pay for your reservation within 7 days as is stated in the terms and conditions otherwise your stall can be cancelled.

For those who missed the previous post, we will have a pizza truck, the bar and snack.

You can find the menu for the pizza truck in a previous newsletter referring to food and drink at Occaphot’.


See you soon.


Wet plate collodion demo and workshop

Occaphot’ 2017


New address :

Avenue Orban 73

10:30 – 13:00 
Introductory workshop on Wet Plate Photography with Silvano Magnone UPDATE 4.45pm, on 17/11 : WORKSHOP FULL. 
This workshop will be given in French or English depending on the students.
In this short hands-on workshop we will discover the first elements of wet plate collodion photography.
The participants will be able make their first steps in this antique photographic process.
A wet plate camera, a darkroom and all the chemicals will be provided by the instructor.
The workshop will take place in the “pop-up studio” separated from the main area.
50€ – Max 6 participants
The fee includes the entrance to Occaphot.

The participants will receive a special discount for any registration to a full day workshop in Silvano Magnone’s Studio.

13:30 – 16:00
Wet Plate Collodion Open Studio & PRINTS SALE
During the afternoon the wet plate pop-up studio will stay open for the regular Occaphot visitors.
The visitors will have the opportunity to book workshops and portrait sessions at a special price in Silvano Magnone’s Studio.
Special edition fine art prints will be on sale during the day.
For more info and registration:
 Silvano Magnone

Occaphot’: food and drink


Occaphot’ will have a bar like the previous years. We’ll supply drinks such as coffee, tea, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks at friendly prices.

We will also have a pizza truck for your lunch.

Their website can be seen here.

And here is the menu.

For those of you coming alone we can help you. Take you order and bring it to you on your stall. Just let us know that we need to come and see you about that.

exhibition: the body otherwise

The participants for the exhibition at this year’s Occaphot‘ are:

Arsiloe – orotone – wax figure

Caroline Chik we’ll be showing her orotones. In case you don’t know what that is, come and find out by looking at her work and reading about the process.




Besides her work you will discover:

(no translation available, sorry.)


 Yousra Daly:
“j’aimerai vous présenter le thème “Autoportrait”, réalisé pour mon jury de fin d’année. Pour ce thème, j’ai réalisé un sténopé rond pouvant accueillir une feuille A4. Cette forme cyclique apporte une déformation du corps, et génère ainsi un autre corps que celui qui se représente à moi face à un miroir. 
De plus, ce thème se présentait à moi comme une recherche de mon être à travers le médium photographique. Par la suite, il me fallut le besoin d’aller plus loin dans ma recherche et de continuer le travail après le développement de ma photographie en négatif, j’ai donc commencé à dégrader; peindre, à l’aide de produits chimiques mes autoportraits.”

“La série « kintsugi » fait référence à l’art de la porcelaine au Japon quand, brisée, elle est réparée par un joint à l’or fin qui, au lieu de dissimuler l’accident, l’amplifie et le glorifie. Les modèles blessés, amputés, deviennent ainsi de précieuses porcelaines.Photographie argentique, tirage jet d’encre, ajouts de feuille d’or.”











For further details like the program for th day and the adress, please click here.