François Cheval studied history and ethnology at the University of Franche-Comté and became a museum curator in 1982, first in the jura, then in La Réunion. in 1996, he became director of the Nicéphore Niépce Museum (Chalon-sur-Saône), which is devoted to the history and uses of photography. There, surrounded by artists, historians, engineers, and researchers, he tries to innovate as much as possible in the field
of museography. He has published several articles on photography and museography as well as many notices and articles about photographers supported by the museum he heads.