Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
Xavier Canonne studied Art History at the University Libre of Brussels and received his Doctorate in Art History and Archaeology from the Sorbonne University in Paris, with a doctoral thesis dedicated to Surrealism in Belgium.
Since March 2000, Canonne has been the director of the Musée de la Photographie. Before coming to the Musée, he was the director of the collection of the Province of the Hainaut (modern and contemporary art) from 1987 to 2000. He has curated many exhibitions and has edited and written various books and studies. He had curated several exhibitions, among them Intimate Man Ray (2003); Scenes of Atget (2004); Lee Miller a Life (2005); and Surrealism in Belgium in the Fine Arts Museum in Mons-BAM (March—April, 2007).
Canonne is the publisher of the review "Marées de la Nuit". He is the author of the several books, including Looking at the U.S. – 1957—1986, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, published by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2009; Requiem pour un homme seul, Le Samouraï de Jean-Pierre Melville, 2010; and René Magritte, The revealing images published by Ludion, 2017.
Canonne is most interested in reviewing creative photography, documentary photography, and photojournalism. He does not wish to review commercial photography.