by M + M Auer, the Auer Photo Foundation for Photo- graphy aims to preserve the existing collection, promote it, acquire new objects and photographic works, to organize exhibitions and to diffuse and update daily the International Encyclopedia of Photographers. The Foundtion also publishes works that contribute to a better understanding of photography, diffuses the works of young artists as well as forgotten or overlooked artists, organizes seminars and workshops, and hosts researchers, artists, students and interns.
Working for 40 years on an exceptional collection, rare in its richness and diver- sity, with more than 500 cameras, 21,000 books, unpublished works, 50,000 original prints, works of art, literature, postcards, posters.... This impressive ca- reer retraces the history of photography from 1839 until today, the result of ex- tensive research, explicit images of processes (beautiful or interesting showing multiple aspect of the invention). Meanwhile, they undertake an encyclopae- dic work about the men who made photography and elevated it to a new level. They regularly publish art books to accompany expositions.