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Launched on 1 July 2013, the Rencontres d’Arles Online Media Library aims to be a leading audiovisual archive dedicated to photography.


A genuine extension of the festival, both lively and indispensable, it allows the words and opinions of artists and personalities from the world of photography to be shared through illustrated articles, audio documents and videos (films about the festival’s programme, recordings of the debates and symposiums, filmed recordings of the evening presentations at the Théâtre Antique, documentaries and interviews). The Institut National de l’Audiovisual (INA), has also made available its audiovisual archives dating back to the festival’s beginning.


The contents, both educative and intuitive, are organised by name, year, theme and country. They are accompanied by more detailed information, have been conceived in a dynamic way, and are also adapted for various online uses and mediums.


A few figures: In May 2014, more than 1200 French articles, 900 English articles and more than 500 notes on personalities from the world of photography are available on the platform. These documents cover sixty nationalities and 36 years of the festival.

Moreover, 684 audiovisual items (dating from 1973 to 2011) have been digitised by the INA. The first group of 50 elements will be complemented with further documentation and available online from July 2014.

The media library receives support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication, within the context of the 2012 call for projects in innovative digital cultural services. The filmed recordings and editing of the evening presentations at the Théâtre Antique are realised by Arte. The Rencontres d’Arles has passed its archives on to the INA and these are available for consultation at the Inathèque de France.