In 1996, David Barriet, David Benassayag and Béatrice Didier started up Le Point du Jour, a publishing house specialising in photography, then in 1999, the Regional Photographic Centre at Cherbourg-Octeville, which has organised more than sixty exhibitions, projections, meetings and residencies. In 2008, they took over a building designed by Éric Lapierre (winner of a prestigious architectural award) and since then it has flourished in its twin roles as art centre and publisher. There have been exhibitions of Lynne Cohen, Mikaël Levin, Helen Levitt, Joachim Mogarra, Maxence Rifflet and Gilles Saussier. At the same time, there have been regular activities for the public. Every two years, Le Point du Jour administers an ‘artist-in-residence’ project, leading to an exhibition and a book, and the Prix Roland Barthes, an award for research in photography.