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Author Archives: Arles

Stephanie Kiwitt, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Stephanie Kiwitt, Máj/My, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY FLORIAN EBNER MÁJ/MY Stephanie Kiwitt carries on a documentary tradition that is critical and conceptual at the same time. Formal diversity and graphic elegance distinguish her approach. Through her constellations of images, the urban space, used as a fi eld of research, becomes not only abstract but also a mental space attesting […]

Sarah Waiswa, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Sarah Waiswa, Étrangère en terre familière, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY AIDA MULUNEH STRANGER IN A FAMILIAR LAND It is not often that you come across new talent that breaks the aesthetic boundary that is labeled as ‘African Photography’, a term that is loosely thrown to shackle the diversity of photography from the continent. With this said, Sarah’s approach to photography is one […]

Sara Cwynar, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Sara Cwynar, Flat Death, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY STEFANO STOLL FLAT DEATH Using photography, installation, and recycled images, Sara Cwynar focuses on the tension caused by the encounter between photographic techniques and old and new technology. Playing with a ‘vintage’ spirit, she carefully creates series of visual anachronisms in the studio by appropriating found materials—often from flea markets or the […]

Nader Adem, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Nader Adem, La Vie d’une personne handicapée, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY AIDA MULUNEH LIFE AS A DISABLED PERSON Life as a Disabled Person is a collection showcasing the challenges and determination of the disabled community in Addis Ababa. The black and white images tell the story of an overlooked segment of society striving to conquer their physical limitations and challenge the general perception […]

Marie Angeletti, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Marie Angeletti, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY STÉPHANIE MOISDON For Marie Angeletti, photography is a fragmented narrative medium, a blank surface upon which experiences, staged scenes, existing situations, and everything beyond and in the background of the image itself, including the viewer, are projected in a system open to other possible stories. Her project evolves as she meets diff […]

Frank Berger, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Frank Berger, Weissenfels, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Claire Debost

ARTIST PRESENTED BY FLORIAN EBNER WEISSENFELS The huge light rooms of Leipzig-based artist Frank Berger can be understood as instruments that continually question the visual reality they are simultaneously representing. Through the sequences of his projections, the spectator submerges into the reality of urban spaces, while every slide adds to the preceding. His installation for […]

Daisuke Yokota, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Daisuke Yokota, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY MOUNA MEKOUAR Daisuke Yokota’s pictures evoke the inhabited places, secret gardens, and inner spaces we all have inside us. His metaphorical conception of space—a fictional mental or lived-in place—immerses the viewer in a world hovering between presence and absence, oblivion and resurgence. Like a distant echo, the repetition and manipulation of the […]

Christodoulos Panayiotou, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Christodoulos Panayiotou, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY STÉPHANIE MOISDON Christodoulos Panayiotou’s approach is resolutely multidisciplinary, nomadic, and synoptic. His screenings, exhibition slides, and performancereadings include architecture as well as choreography, text and image, ancient history and its hidden stories. The invention of archaeology plays a central role for him, providing an opportunity to create complex narrative structures involving time […]

Beni Bischof, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Beni Bischof, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY STEFANO STOLL Beni Bischof, an unclassifi able visual artist, sculpts with clay, metal, or chewing gum, paints with watercolours, draws with his fingers and humorously takes inspiration from everything from art brut to Saint Gall sausage. His heavy use of photography is characterised by the re-appropriation of existing images from the internet […]

Basma Alsharif, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Basma Alsharif, Trompe l’Oeil, Grande Halle, Prix Découverte, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

ARTIST PRESENTED BY MOUNA MEKOUAR TROMPE L’OEIL Basma Al Sharif’s work slips between the fault lines of history to reveal moments, places, and real or fictitious events. Constantly navigating between past and present, she sets out to reconstruct moments from life, to tell stories, imbued or not with real and imaginary memories. A visual writing, […]

Yann Gross, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Yann Gross, The Jungle Show, Magasin Électrique, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

THE JUNGLE SHOW   When the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana set out on his search for cinnamon in 1541, he could not have known that his travels would take him to the winding bends of the world’s longest river—the Amazon.   Long a witness to evangelisation campaigns, road-building projects and rubber, oil and gold […]

Yan Morvan, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Yan Morvan, Champs de bataille, Capitole, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Julio Perestrelo

BATTLEFIELDS War is the father and king of all: some he has made gods, and some men; some slaves and some free. Heraclitus, fragment In the 1980s, Yan Morvan was a celebrated photojournalist, documenting the world’s major conflicts; his pictures were on magazines covers; he was among the greats in his profession. But the continual […]

Camarguais Western, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Western Camarguais, Église des Frères Prêcheurs, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

Silent film pioneers shot Westerns in the Camargue before the First World War. This incredible story, which established the Rhône Delta as the setting for many films made throughout the 20th century, began when Buffalo Bill brought his Wild West Show to Paris in 1905. Folco de Baroncelli was in the audience. Amazed, he recognised scenes from […]

Tear my bra, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Tear My Bra, Ground Control, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

DRAMA AND FANTASY IN NOLLYWOOD MOVIES AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON CULTURAL AND VISUAL STORYTELLING IN AFRICA   Nollywood is the colloquial name for Nigeria’s booming commercial film industry. A cross-cultural phenomenon, with thousands of films produced each year and billions of dollars circulated, Nollywood films have made a big impact on film history and on […]

Swinging Bamako, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Swinging Bamako, Couvent Saint-Césaire, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

THE FABULOUS STORY OF LAS MARAVILLAS DE MALI   Swinging Bamako takes us back to a distant time when the Cold War simmered, world music came onstage, and newly independent Africa was a place where cultures and ideas mixed.   Each country in postcolonial Africa tried to find its own way. Utopian dreams converged with […]

Stéphanie Solinas, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Stéphanie Solinas, La Méthode des lieux, Cloître Saint-Trophime, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

THE METHOD OF LOCI   Is it possible to travel back in time? Stéphanie Solinas, an artist who enjoys enigmas and plays with protocols, has focused on austere material: the ‘Lustucru’ hall in Arles, a building with a complex past and an unknown future, a forlorn vessel open to the winds, abandoned on the city’s […]

Sid Grossman, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Sid Grossman, Du document à la révélation, photographies et influences, Espace Van Gogh, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

FROM DOCUMENT TO REVELATION. HIS PHOTOGRAPHS AND LEGACY   Sid Grossman is an important but long-overlooked figure in modern American photography. Before his death in 1955 at the age of 42, he created a powerful and influential body of work. As an artist and a teacher, he profoundly shaped the vision of his time. However, […]

PJ Harvey & Seamus Murphy, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

PJ Harvey & Seamus Murphy, The Hollow of the Hand, Église Saint-Blaise, Rencontres d’arlts 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

THE HOLLOW OF THE HAND From 2011 to 2014, singer/author/composer PJ Harvey and photographer Seamus Murphy travelled through Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C., continuing a collaboration begun with the album Let England Shake. There Seamus Murphy collected images (photo and video) marked by an aesthetic developed since the 1990s in his work as a photojournalist; […]

Piero Martinello, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Radicalia, Piero Martinello, Mistral, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

Winner of the 2015 Photo Folio Review   RADICALIA   I am a force of the past. Tradition is my only love. I come from the ruins, and churches, and altarpieces, the abandoned villages on the Apennines or on the Prealps, where brothers have lived. Like a madman I wander on the Tuscolana, on the […]

Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen et Tobias Selnæs Markussen, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Phenomena, réalités extraterrestres, Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen et Tobias Selnæs Markussen, Ground Control, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

PHENOMENA, A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A REALITY OF ALIENS AND UFOS What lies behind UFO phenomena? A commercially profitable story, a delusion with social consequences, a religious myth, a physical phenomenon?   The exhibition Phenomena examines the human need for faith through extensive research and collected data on the modern myth of ETs and UFOs. […]

Peter Mitchell, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Nouveau démenti de la mission spatiale Viking 4, Peter Mitchell, Grande Halle, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

A NEW REFUTATION OF THE VIKING 4 SPACE MISSION   Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity are still rattling across the Martian landscape, turning over rocks and ploughing the sand-drifts hoping against hope that a micro- scopic speck of life will turn up and convince us that we are not alone in this galaxy.   In the […]

Fabulous Failures, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Parfaites imperfections, Palais de l’Archevêché, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

THE ART OF EMBRACING SERENDIPITY AND MISTAKES Nowadays most art, design and photography portrays perfection. Contemporary popular culture is drowning under a tidal wave of superficiality and over-perfection. Posed, polished and controlled. As if it were a reflection of our endless search for clarity and calmness and an antidote for the chaos in our lives. […]

Michael Ackerman, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Carte blanche Olympus, Michael Ackerman, Palais de Luppé, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Claire Debost

OLYMPUS CARTE BLANCHE DIARY OF A JOB Mickael Ackerman’s photographs take viewers to a place beneath ‘the black sun of melancholy’ that does not leave them unscathed. For nearly 20 years, the American photographer has chronicled a trembling, hallucinatory world rustling with cries and sighs. Olympus has given the rare, Nervalian photographer free rein this […]

An exchange of views, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Olympus engage une conversation photographique, Échange de vue, Palais de Luppé, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

OLYMPUS ENGAGES IN A PHOTOGRAPHIC CONVERSATION OLIVIER CULMANN / PAULINE ROUSSEAU / CORINNE MERCADIER / BARNABÉ MOINARD / KLAVDIJ SLUBAN / FLORIAN MAURER Olympus has been fostering dialogue between generations and starting conversations between established and emerging artists for four years. And since it has been committed to the École nationale supérieure de la photographie […]

Nothing but blue skies, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Nothing but blue skies, Capitole, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

LOOKING BACK AT THE MEDIA’S IMAGE OF 11 SEPTEMBER Irving Berlin wrote Nothing But Blue Skies in 1926. A classic performed by America’s greatest entertainers, the song could have been about the sky over New York on the morning of 11 September 2001. The intensity of the sky’s blue—reminiscent of a cinematic backdrop—gave the impression […]

Augustin Rebetez, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Musée Carton, Augustin Rebetez, Magasin Électrique, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

THE CARDBOARD MUSEUM Plateforme10 brings together the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (mcb-a), Musée de l’Elysée (the canton’s photography museum) and Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains (MUDAC) on a site next to the railway station in Lausanne, Switzerland. Wanting to go beyond the traditional displays of building models and architectural plans, the three directors […]

Scary Monsters!, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Monstres, faites-moi peur !, Grande Halle, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

AN OFF-BEAT LOOK INTO MONSTERS IN CINEMA Alternative genres such as science fiction, fantasy or utopia spawn stories that feed surprising reservoirs of images. Contemporary memory delves into them without preconceived ideas, shining a light on its fears and fantasies. For example, genre cinema abounds with weird works that engender certain myths of modernity. The […]

Sincerely Queer, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Mauvais Genre, Atelier des Forges, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

SÉBASTIEN LIFSHITZ COLLECTION I have always been interested in outsider discourses, those written outside mainstream history, far from any moral, political and social power or normalising gaze. That is why I have collected amateur photographs for many years: they show a different perspective on society. Cross-dressing is a great example. It is often said of […]

Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Toiletpaper, Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari, Atelier des Forges, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Julio Perestrelo

TOILETPAPER In 2010, contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari founded Toiletpaper, a magazine made up of nothing but sparely and sophisticatedly staged photographs. Describing the publication as ‘a salacious six-monthly meeting’, Cattelan and Ferrari seem to critique a society dominated by consumption and appearances with provocative pictures. Each of their painstakingly constructed images […]

Maud Sulter, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Syrcas, Maud Sulter, Chapelle de la Charité, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

SYRCAS This exhibition presents Maud Sulter’s sixteen original photomontages, a seminal body of work created in the early 1990s that served as blueprint for her celebrated large-scale series Syrcas. Arguably the artist’s most intricate and layered body of work, Syrcas aims to revive, through the technique of photomontage, the forgotten history of the genocide of […]

Ethan Levitas/Garry Winogrand, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Radical relation, Ethan Levitas/Garry Winogrand, Grande Halle, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

RADICAL RELATION I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed. Garry Winogrand Photograph of the officer because of this photograph. Ethan Levitas Pairing the pioneering and complementary oeuvres of Ethan Levitas and Garry Winogrand, this exhibition re-examines street photography through its own language and terms in order to situate it properly within […]

Laia Abril, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Histoire de la misogynie, Laia Abril, Magasin Électrique, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

A HISTORY OF MISOGYNY, CHAPTER ONE: ON ABORTION Under ‘natural’ circumstances, the average woman would become pregnant about 15 times in her life, resulting in ten births. Seven of those babies would survive childhood. For centuries, people have searched for ways to delay or terminate pregnancy. Today, safe and efficient means of abortion finally exist, […]

Lady Liberty, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Lady Liberty, Musée départemental Arles Antique, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC MAKING OF AN ICON The Statue of Liberty—an emblem of America, symbol of freedom and democracy, and colossal challenge sealing the union between art and technology—is one of the world’s most photographed landmarks. The Frenchman who designed it, Auguste Bartholdi, was himself a photographer. When the medium was just 10 years old and […]

João Pina, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Opération Condor, João Pina, Musée départemental Arles Antique, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

OPERATION CONDOR LEST WE FORGET After making photographs of 25 former Portuguese political prisoners in 2005, photographer João Pina became acquainted with and began to research Operation Condor, a secret military plan started in 1975, during the Cold War, by six Latin American countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Ruled by right-wing military […]

Il y a de l’autre, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Il y a de l’autre, Atelier des Forges, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

LES RÉVEILS DE L’IMAGE Quoting, borrowing and re-using images has always been a gateway to art history, but the appearance of fi lm and photography has particularly encouraged those practices. The itineraries of these new images—the changes in their nature, value and uses—continue to obsessively hold our contemporaries’ attention. This exhibition off ers insight into […]

Hara Kiri Photo, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Hara Kiri Photo, Grande Halle, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

Vingt-cinq ans d’une histoire chaotique, ponctuée d’outrages, de procès, référés, interdictions et saisies : de 1960 à 1985, Hara Kiri, journal « bête et méchant » fondé par François Cavanna et Georges Bernier, a attaqué la « France épouvantable » (Bernier) à la grenade de l’humour, de la provocation et du détournement. À côté de […]

A particular attention, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Une attention particulière, Magasin Électrique, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

GUILLAUME DELLEUSE / VINCENT MARCQ / CLÉMENTINE ROCHE Reflecting the long collaboration between the Rencontres d’Arles and the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie and their shared commitment to young photographers, for several years the festival has given three of the school’s graduates an opportunity to show their work as part of the official programme. […]

Eamonn Doyle, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

End., Eamonn Doyle, Espace Van Gogh, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

END. By what means the illusion of movement in space and, it almost seemed, in time was given, Watt could not say. But it was given. Watt wondered how long it would be before the point and the circle entered together upon the same plane. […] And he wondered what the artist had intended to […]

Don McCullin, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Looking Beyond the Edge, Don McCullin, Église Sainte-Anne, Rencontres d'Arles 2016. Photo : Anne Fourès

LOOKING BEYOND THE EDGE Don McCullin is known primarily as one of the most highly regarded conflict photographers of the late twentieth century, having produced some of the most iconic and defining images of war in Cyprus, Central Africa, Vietnam, and Lebanon. Looking Beyond the Edge takes a new perspective on McCullin’s work, presenting the […]

Christian Marclay, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Christian Marclay, Grande Halle, Rencontres d'Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès.

Christian Marclay regularly takes photographs and videos walking through London, where he lives. In Arles, he is showing a series of six new, silent projected animations along with Pub Crawl, a sound and video installation from 2014, each presented for the first time in France. Unlike Pub Crawl, in which Marclay coaxed sound from empty […]

Charles Fréger, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Yokainoshima, Charles Fréger, Église des Trinitaires, Rencontres d'Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

YOKAINOSHIMA In 2013, just after finishing his European tour of winter masquerades (Wilder Mann), Charles Fréger began a photography project exploring Japan’s masked ritual figures. Photographing sumo wrestlers (Rikishi, 2002-2003) had already made him familiar with the country, but he knew nothing about rural areas. That is the topic of Yokainoshima: through an inventory of […]

Bernard Plossu, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Western Colors, Bernard Plossu, salle Henri-Comte, Rencontres d'Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

WESTERN COLORS Bernard Plossu’s last official visit to Arles was for a 1987 group show of work by photographers using the Fresson process. At the age of 71, Western Colors is his first solo exhibition. Rewind: in 1966, Plossu arrived in San Francisco just after spending a little over 12 months in Mexico on a […]

Alinka Echeverría, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Nicephora, Alinka Echeverría, Commanderie Sainte-Luce, Rencontres d'Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

NICEPHORA Alinka Echeverría, winner of the 2015 BMW Residency at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, is working on a project that examines photography from the reproduction of the image to its dissemination, drawing inspiration from Nicéphore Niépce and his founding act. Interested in the depiction of women in the history of art and photography, she forges […]

Alexandre Guirkinger, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

Ligne Maginot, Alexandre Guirkinger, Magasin Électrique, Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Photographe : Anne Fourès

MAGINOT LINE The Maginot Line was built between 1930 and 1939. A network of around 7,000 bunkers ran from Lille to Corsica. Tonnes of concrete gave material shape to France’s eastern limits. From September 1939 to May 1940, a million French soldiers were stationed in its depths, entering through heavy armoured doors. Once inside, they […]

Destination Arles 2017


Semaine d’ouverture — Opening week 03/07 > 09/07     Expositions — Exhibitions 03/07 > 24/09

Don McCullin


9 July 2016 Considered one of the late 20th century’s greatest war photographers, Don McCullin took hundreds of emblematic, decisive shots of conflicts in Vietnam, Cyprus, Beirut and Biafra. Echoing the exhibition at the Église Sainte-Anne, this event reminds us that he is quite simply a great photographer and that there is something universal about […]

Lanqing Zhu_Night of the Year 2016


UN VOYAGE DANS LE SENS INVERSE The Jimei x Arles Photography festival was jointly created by the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and the Rencontres d’Arles in 2015. Accompanying the festival, a prize similar to the Discovery Award in Arles was also created: the Jimei x Arles Award, which is granted to outstanding emerging artists. […]

Leslie Moquin_Night of Year 2016


IT IS CALLED KURDISTAN The configuration of Iraq’s Kurdistan has changed since Islamic State fighters reached its borders in 2014. Over a million Iraqi and Syrian displaced persons survive in refugee camps there. They hope and expect to return home, but in the meantime get on with their daily lives.   CARTE BLANCHE ARTE

Niels Ackermann_Night of the Year 2016


L’ANGE BLANC ‘Around here, drugs and alcohol kill more people than radioactivity,’ Kiril says pointing at the grave of his best friend, who died when he fell off a balcony at a party. Slavutych, Ukraine’s newest city, was built from scratch to house Chernobyl’s evacuated nuclear power plant workers after the disaster. It’s a comfortable […]

Festival of Political Photography_Night of the Year 2016


HOMELAND Whose homeland? Why do the words ‘home’ and ‘land’ sound good while ‘homeland’ refers to something restricted, nationalistic, and even prejudiced? A person can leave a place behind either under duress or voluntarily. Relocating and crossing borders can be the fruit of necessity or independence. In both cases, change and distance affect how one […]

Adrian Melis_Night of the Year 2016


THE MAKING OF 40 RECTANGULAR PIECES FOR A FLOOR CONSTRUCTION Due to a shortage of materials necessary to carry out the production process, the workers of a governmental company spend their workday just sitting, doing nothing, waiting for the end of the working hours. Taking advantage of this still, empty time, the artist conceived a […]

Tim Parchikov_Night of the Year 2016


BURNING NEWS How does human consciousness react when the flow of information – the ‘hot news’ is constantly bombarding it – reaching a critical point? With the rise of mass media, news as a phenomenon is becoming an important part of our social existence. ‘Burning news’ has to rouse the consciousness, inflame the heart and […]

Les Jours_Night of the Year 2016


Les Jours promotes a unique, inquisitive, tenacious brand of journalism. Photography is an essential part of it. We produce photographic subjects we are obsessed with, like Simon Lambert’s “The Middle School Years”, Pierre Morel’s COP21 and Emin Özmen’s “Ravaged City of Cizre in Kurdistan”. We located and showed Michel Slomka’s work at the sites of […]

Fisheye_Night of the Year 2016


DÉCOUVERTES Fisheye discovered 10 photographers who take us on unusual adventures, from an American road trip to Irish bonfires, a walk on the borders of Armenia and rave parties or expeditions in Brittany with camouflaged “creatures of nature” warding off evil spirits associated with winter’s coming. Their images never cease to amaze us.   With: […]

Photobook Social Club_Night of the Year 2016


The PhotoBook Social Club brings together 17 independent publishers to promote photography publishing with events in France and abroad. Current members include André Frère Éditions, Arnaud Bizalion éditeur, Aman Iman Publishing/The Eyes, Camera, Contrejour, éditions Clémentine de la Féronnière, Filigranes Editions, Fisheye, La Fabrica, Le Point du Jour, Les Éditions de Juillet, Light Motiv, éditions […]

Festival Circulation(s)_Night of the Year 2016


Circulation(s), a festival dedicated to discovering new talent, offers a glimpse of young artists from across Europe whose new forms of reportage, staged portraits, updated old techniques and animated gifs are exploring, renewing and re-enchanting photography. With : Aglaé Bory / Romain Laurent / Céline Villegas / Yoann Cimier / Vilma Pimenoff / Marcel Meyer […]

Axel Hoedt_Night of the Year 2016


DUSK This series focuses on the figures and masks of pre-Lenten carnival festivities in southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Hoedt’s photographs have to be seen in the context of his otherwise mostly editorial work, and whilst putting his sitters into a traditional studio context, he is consciously breaking with the established photographic carnival iconography.

Serge Fruehauf_Night of the Year 2016


EXTRA NORMAL Does an unconscious exist in the field of construction? This question seems to have been the driving force behind Serge Fruehauf’s photographic work, a 20-year investigation that eventually yielded a nonacademic report adhering to all the rules of architectural documentary photography. Guided by his sense of humor—deadpan as it should be—Fruehauf recorded the […]

Tim Parchikov_Night of the Year 2016


TIMES NEW ROMAN EPISODE III: MOSCOW Throughout history, every new political or financial elite felt a need for selfidentification with classic culture. Thus, it demonstrated its legitimacy and accentuated the appropriateness of its inheritance of previous epoch’s establishment. After conquering ancient Greece Romans began the mass production of Greek sculptures which became the examples of […]

Weikun Li_Night of the Year 2016


In France, I was attracted to the powerful visual impact the various shapes, colors, and sizes of the rejected packaging found in garbage cans. Such waste was so impressive, creating an abnormal visual experience. Once deliberately packaged luxuries are consumed, “junk” is produced, and pollution is inevitable.Luxury goods become cheap objects and then, once thrown […]

Dina Kelberman_Night of the Year 2016


I’M GOOGLE I’m Google is a Tumblr blog in which batches of images and video culled from the internet are manually strung together into a long visual stream-of-consciousness. The batches move seamlessly from one subject to the next based on similarities of form, composition, movement, and theme. The site is constantly updated week after week, […]

Katarzyna Mirczak_Night of the Year 2016


SPECIAL SIGNS / TOOLS OF CRIME he Special Signs series (2010) presents photographs of prisoners’ tattoos discovered by Katarzyna Mirczak in the archives of Collegium Medicum Forensic Medicine Department at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Forensic Medicine Department at the Medical University in Wroclaw. The oldest dated artifact comes from 1872. In the Tools […]

Stacey Baker_Night of the Year 2016


NEW YORK LEGS Since Stacey Baker began photographing women’s legs in New York City in 2012, her project has attracted more than 75,000 followers on Instagram. The women are strangers she meets on the street. The images, viewed collectively, reflect the diversity of the female figure as well as the personality of each subject and […]

Óscar Monzón_Night of the Year 2016


ÉXTASIS The images show waterfall landscapes crossed from edge to edge by the selfiestick of tourists – who progressively appear in the sequence- visiting the Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina. The direction of the lines and their various tilted degrees mark the rise and fall of the musical notes through the scale.

Julien Chatelin_Night of the Year 2016


PARISIANITÉS Gala evenings under charitable pretences; sponsored cocktail parties; political meetings, branded sporting events: nowadays, all public happenings are mediatised. Not a single one that isn’t supported by a liquor brand, jeweller, couture house, perfumer or mobile company. The press attaché has become the conductor of modern society life. Let’s hope celebrities turn up, let’s […]

Sylvie Roche et Olivier B._Night of the Year 2016


DIMENSIONAL MAN The dressing ritual is the next-to-last step before the bullfight. It starts with a shower and unfolds in a hotel room near the bullring. The bullfighter is dressed by a sword handler, who will have carefully laid out all his effects on a chair. Usually, there is silence or music, always coming from […]

Andres Serrano_Night of the Year 2016


TORTURE The Torture series is conceived as a reflection on the concept of torture and its evolution down through centuries. Andres Serrano questions the disturbing schizophrenia of our contemporary societies. Although torture is in fact banned by the 1949 Geneva Convention and the United Nations Convention Against Torture, it is still employed by 81 governments. […]

Tassos Vrettos_Night of the Year 2016


WOR(TH)SHIP Wor(th)ship is a unique photographic ‘fieldwork’ on the unknown makeshift places of worship of immigrants and refugees in and around Athens, Greece: basements and rented flats, apartment blocks and garages, playing fields and outdoor public spaces, structures made at hoc in temporary or permanent addresses for groups of Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Spiritualists and Christians […]

Thierry Girard_Night of the Year 2016


THE LAST STATION This project, undertaken in 2010 and 2012 but still unpublished, examines Shanghai’s unlikely limits by considering the city from the last station of each metro line. Each new area is explored during a single journey. Fifteen adventures tell both the same and different 15 stories about a landscape that is made or […]

Anna Bosch Miralpeix_Night of the Year 2016


BUBBLE BEIRUT Lebanese society has lived for years in constant instability. The wars it has suffered, and the ones in neighboring countries, generate a love-hate relationship between the citizens and their own corruptiondriven country. The elites take shelter in luxury and in some idea of the glorious past of the Great Lebanon, in order to […]

Alfred Seiland_Night of the Year 2016


IMPERIUM ROMANUM 2,000 years ago Europe was unified by a political and military superpower, the Roman Empire – in the year 2006 A.D. Alfred Seiland starts working on his project Imperium Romanum. He studies the visible remains of Roman culture, architecture and art in our 21st century, starting in Rome, then Italy and soon after […]

Jean-Charles Blanc_Night of the Year 2016


SUR LA ROUTE In 2004, I went back to Afghanistan after 25 years of war. Admiring the Afghans’ resilience and seeing that little had changed outside of Kabul, I reopened my files to show a different image of the country where I lived in 1971-72, travelling around the countryside and sharing the lives of welcoming, […]

Benjamin Deroche_Night of the Year 2016


NORTH PLACES ‘The first time I went to Trouville was in 2010. I’d read The Lover and was looking for somewhere to shoot a series based on Marguerite Duras’s novels. All the photographs presented here were taken during my trips around the Roches Noires in Trouville. Reading Duras allowed me to draw a veil over […]

Safia Belmenouar_Night of the Year 2016


HONEYMOON They travelled between 1 and 8 May 1936. The bride’s name was Marie. Her husband, a meticulous man, numbered and captioned photographs of the trip by hand: around 50 in all. Their itinerary is easy to follow: entering Algeria from Tunisia, they visited Constantine, Algiers and the Chiffa Gorges before crossing the Mediterranean to […]

Stéphanie Solinas_Night of the Year 2016


DOMINIQUE LAMBERT Dominique is France’s most common mixed-gender and 27th most popular first name; Lambert also ranks 27th amongst family names. I therefore defined the 191 Dominique Lamberts listed in France’s White Pages as my study population.’ Stéphanie Solinas uses various official techniques of representing identity. She consults with experts, works her way through successive […]

Bego Anton_Night of the Year 2016


EVERYBODY LIKES TO CHACHACHA This is the story of women and men who dance with their dogs, and of dogs who dance with their humans. ‘Musical Canine Freestyle’ is a choreographed performance in which a dog and a human move to music together. Sometimes, the bond between them is so strong that they enter what […]

The Eyes_Night of the Year 2016


QUESTION(S) DE TERRITOIRES The Eyes is an augmented reality photography magazine about politics and culture in Europe. In each issue, artists, intellectuals and political figures explore European identities through the prism of photography. After a call for proposals about the idea of territories, the 2016 Night of the Year is projecting the 10 portfolios selected […]

Patrick Bard_Night of the Year 2016


MON NEVEU JEANNE Photographer and writer Patrick Bard doesn’t know why he started photographing his 16-year-old nephew Jean-Pierre in 1983. Jean-Pierre later became a lorry driver in Sarcelles, married young and had two children. When his relationship to gender started changing in the mid-1990s, Mr. Bard continued taking pictures of him. Or rather her: Jean-Pierre […]

Denis Roche, Odd Man Out 4/4


7 July 2016 LAURE LIMONGI HOSTS : – Jean-Marie Gleize, poet – Luigi Magno, scholar (Italie) – Magali Nachtergael, scholar – Stéphanie Solinas, artist

Denis Roche, Odd Man Out 3/4


7 July 2016 JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BAILLY HOSTS : – Bernard Plossu, photographer – Patrick Le Bescont, Éditions Filigranes + film-interview, Guillaume Geneste, developer and printer for Denis Roche and Catherine Derioz, gallery exhibiter of Denis Roche, Le Réverbère (Lyon) – Tiphaine Samoyault, author – François Lagarde, photographer – Christine Baudillon, director, founder, with François Lagarde, of […]

Andres Serrano


8 July 2016, Théâtre Antique A major artist, Andres Serrano immerses us into his provocative, often misunderstood work, which notably includes Piss Christ, one of his most controversial pieces. His photographs can be found in many public collections and have been exhibited by some of the world’s most renowned institutions.

Valérie Belin


WORKS 8 July 2016 French photographer Valérie Belin was announced as the winner of Disorder, the sixth cycle of the Prix Pictet, at the last November. Valérie Belin will discuss her work, exploring her fascination with artifice and the significance of appearance in her often unnerving, surreal images. She will chart the development of the […]

Hot war, cold war


With Alexandre Guirkinger with Yan Morvan. Conversation led by  Damien Sausset.

Denis Roche, Odd Man Out 2/4


6 July 2016 ANNE-LISE BROYER HOSTS : – Nicolas Comment, photographer and musician – Léa Bismuth, exhibition curator – Anne-Marie Garat, writer + filmed interview of Bernard Noël, poet

Denis Roche, Odd Man Out 1/4


6 July 2016 BERNARD COMMENT HOSTS : – Sophie Calle, artist – Jacques Damez, photographer, Le Réverbère gallery – Quentin Bajac, photographic curator, MoMa + filmed interview of Patrick Bouchain, architect and scenographer HEART OF A DOG : Screening of the film “Heart of a Dog” by Laurie Anderson, in the presence of the artist-director. […]

Grand Arles Express

Grand Arles Express 2016

AVIGNON, COLLECTION LAMBERT ANDRES SERRANO TORTURE A reflection on the history of torture that highlights society’s unsettling schizophrenia.   NÎMES, CARRÉ D’ART STÉPHANIE SOLINAS DOMINIQUE LAMBERT Stéphanie Solinas questions official representations of identity.   MARSEILLE, VILLA MÉDITERRANÉE ALFRED SEILAND IMPERIUM ROMANUM A study of the remaining traces of Roman heritage still visible in the 21st […]

Associated Programme

Programme associé 2016

Arles places and institutions that promote photography and participate in the festival’s programme.   MÉJAN ASSIOCIATION KAZUO OHNO BY EIKOH HOSOE AND WILLIAM KLEIN PAS DE DEUX The two photographers and Kazuo Ohno, cofounder of the Japanese dance form butō, question the performative dimension of the photographic act.   MÉJAN ASSOCIATION HANS SILVESTER THE BENCH Silvester reveals the […]


Émergences 2016

The festival is a trailblazer; it seeks out tomorrow’s talents.   OLYMPUS ENGAGES IN A PHOTOGRAPHIC CONVERSATION AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS OLIVIER CULMANN/PAULINE ROUSSEAU CORINNE MERCADIER/BARNABÉ MOINARD KLAVDIJ SLUBAN/FLORIAN MAURER A conversation between three great contemporary photographers and three ENSP students.   AN UNUSUAL ATTENTION GUILLAUME DELLEUSE/VINCENT MARCQ/CLÉMENTINE ROCHE Three ENSP graduates from the class of […]

Outside the Frame

Hors-Cadre 2016

Photography leaves its frame and invades the space.   MAURIZION CATTELAN & PIERPAOLO FERRARI TOILETPAPER Toiletpaper perverts the codes of media iconography, borrowing from fashion, advertising, and cinema.   AUGUSTIN REBETEZ THE CARDBOARD MUSEUM A large outdoor installation where people visit a museum as though they were riding a ghost train.


Singulier ! 2016

QUIRKY COLLECTIONS Some passionate, free-spirited collectors look for unusual items, exploring the question of the vernacular.   SINCERELY QUEER SÉBASTIEN LIFSHITZ COLLECTION 1920s American feminists wearing men’s clothes, cabarets and ordinary transvestites: the history of cross-dressing through the scope of amateur photography.   LADY LIBERTY THE PHOTOGRAPHIC MAKING OF AN ICON The Statue of Liberty’s […]


Relecture 2016

PHOTOGRAPHY IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT The history of photography through the lens of re-appropriations, errors or accidents.   FABULOUS FAILURES THE ART OF EMBRACING SERENDIPITY AND MISTAKES Or, how errors become a source of inspiration, a poetic and photographic springboard.   WHERE THE OTHER RESTS AWAKENING FORGOTTEN IMAGES Can images belonging to others be given […]

I Am writing to you from a far-off country

Pays lointain 2016

Spotlight on a part of the world, like a photographic correspondence.   PJ HARVEY & SEAMUS MURPHY THE HOLLOW OF THE HAND Kosovo, Afghanistan, Washington: A chronicle of the contemporary recounted through PJ Harvey’s poetry and Seamus Murphy’s photographs.   YANN GROSS THE JUNGLE SHOW Yann Gross went up the Amazon River and explored its mysterious […]

After War

Après la guerre 2016

What is there left to see on a battlefield long after the fighting comes to an end? How have artists addressed the September 11? What does a renowed war photographer do when not photographing war?   YAN MORVAN BATTLEFIELDS Yan Morvan travelled the world obsessively photographing battlefields, accurately recording the topographical details of land on which men […]

Platforms of the visible

Plateformes du visible 2016

NEW APPROACHES TO DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY Investigation as a photographic topic and the photographer as a detective.   LAIA ABRIL A HISTORY OF MISOGYNY, CHAPTER ONE: ON ABORTION Abril investigates the ethical issues, stigmata and taboos still associated with arboration.   PIERO MARTINELLO RADICALIA Martinello sets out in search of ravers, criminals, religious fanatics and others […]

Africa Pop

Africa Pop

Talented photographers and curators zoom in on an unsuspected, funny, surprising pop Africa.   Maud Sulter Syrcas The artist, who died in 2008, conflates African and European cultures in surprising photomontages.   Swinging Bamako The fabulous story of Las Maravillas de Mali In the 1960s, Mali’s government sent seven young men to Cuba to continue […]

Monsters & Co.

monstres 2016

From cinema to Japanese folklore and Roswell’s extraterrestrials, monsters embody our fears.   Scary Monsters! A brief history of monsters in film Whether they fill the whole shot or lurk outside it, movie monsters symbolise our fears. This exhibition rewinds the film, freezes the frame and takes a look back at what keeps us up at […]

Western Stories

western 2016

Westerns, with their frontier tales, rugged scenery and wide-open spaces, were also shot in the Camargue. Camarguais Western In 1907, Joe Hamman and Jean Durand decided to film westerns in the Camargue. A Hanging in Jefferson City (1910), The Burning Prairie (1911) and A Hundred Dollars Dead or Alive (1910) established the genre and marked […]


street 2016

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY REVISITED The street and city as playground. Photographers have always practiced street photography, which has witnessed a renewal in recent years. Sid Grossman From Document to revelation. His photographs and legacy Sid Grossman, an influential Photo League figure, was active after the war and blacklisted for his ‘un-American’ activities. This show takes a […]

Discovery Award 2016

prix decouverte 2016

Supported by the LUMA Foundation since 2002, this is the Rencontres d’Arles’ top prize. The idea is simple: five preeminent figures from the art world each nominate two artists. Gender parity has been the rule since 2015. We stage an exhibition for all of the nominees and a jury of professionals votes to choose a […]

The Night of the Year 2015


9 July 2015 Papeteries Étienne, Trinquetaille, Arles. Opening week’s unmissable festive event offers a photographic walk through the festival’s favourite Works by artists and photographers as well as carte blanche exhibitions by institutions. Organised the same night as the Nuit de la Roquette, the 2015 Night of the Year is a long walk through the […]

MMM / Matthieu Chedid meets Martin Parr


9 July 2015, Théâtre Antique. Extending the MMM exhibition born of the encounter between the worlds of Martin Parr and Matthieu Chedid, the two artists pursue their dialogue on stage and in music…

In the Land of The Head Hunters, film by Edward S. Curtis, 1914, Cinema-concert by Rodolphe Burger


11 July 2015, Théâtre Antique This recently restored work, bordering on anthropological documentary, is a Native American version of Romeo and Juliet: Motana falls in love with the daughter of a rival tribe’s chief, but she is betrothed to a wicked sorcerer. Curtis goal was to lay low the stereotypes of Native Americans perpetuated by […]

A Brief History of the Future


Jacques Attali & Yaron Herman 10 July 2015, Théâtre Antique Jacques Attali gives an unprecedented performed lecture based on his essay Une brève histoire de l’avenir (“A Brief History of the Future”), accompanied with a selection of films extracts and with musician Yaron Herman, to create a dialogue bringing us on a journey through time, […]

Discovery Award 2015


8 July 2015, Théâtre Antique   Presentation of the 10 nominated artists by their nominators: Krzysztof Candrowicz presents Anna Orlowska and Shilo Group ; Louise Clements presents Lisa Barnard and Robert Zhao Renhui ; Fannie Escoulen presents Pauline Fargue and Julián Barón ; Claire Jacquet presents Delphine Chanet and Omar Victor Diop ; Francesco Zanot […]

Dark Tourism : The fascination of disaster


Round table moderated by Damien Sausset, with photographer Ambroise Tézenas, J.John Lennon, professor of tourism ans director of the Moffat Center of Caledonian University in Glasgow, and philosopher Jean-Paul Curnier.

Olympus Photographic conversation-Sharing view and experiences


Each year, Olympus asks three great names in contemporary photography to engage a conversation with three young graduates of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles. With Denis Darzacq ans Swen Renault, Dorothée Smith and Rebecca Topakian, and Paolo Woods and Elsa Leydier. Lead by Natacha Wolinski.

When Album Covers Become Works of Art


Round table moderated by Damien Sausset with curators Antoine de Beaupré and Serge Vincendet, journalist Jacques Denis and Mosaic Records co-founder Michael Cuscuna.

MICHAEL ROY_Night of the Year 2015


/REMENBER/ JE ME SOUVIENS Proposal by galerie Alain Gutharc The video I Remember/Je me souviens is a contemporary adaptation of the works I Remember by Joe Brainard (1970) and Je me souviens by Georges Perec (1978). These two texts echo each other through this film‐slideshow created from images generated automatically by internet search engines. This […]

DAVID FATHI_Night of the Year 2015


ANECDOTAL This series takes as its point of departure the little‐known stories and anecdotes surrounding nuclear test programmes: government ministers contaminated, bombs lost and never recovered, the invention of the bikini, chickens vaporised, and more. Combining archival photos, satellite images, and photographic road trip, i have tried to recontextualise a history poised between horror and […]



CRIMES SCENES Exploiting to the full photography’s ability to put reality in question, Alain Willaume populates apparently banal images with enigmas. after photographing christmas lights and decorations in small rural housing developments, he returns a few weeks later. The residences have returned to a most disturbing normality …

DAVID LEP0LE_Night of the Year 2015


IN:0 OUT:0 In this digital age, photography lives onscreen. If a hard drive crashes, photos disappear into the maze of the machine. Software may help recover them, but some may be damaged, ruined, ‘zombified’ by this resurrection. An aesthetics of error is born. On that basis, David Lep0le presents a reinterpretation of the Rencontres d’Arles […]

JEAN-MARIE DONAT_Night of the Year 2015


WHAT THE FUCK ?! The philosophical hermeneutic of What the Fuck presents itself as an attempt to liberate the question of truth from the narrowness in which the modern concept of method would confine it. To doxthis, it interrogates experiences (art, history, language) whose amplitude cannot be reduced by the primacy of self‐ satisfied consciousness. […]

ALAIN CORNU_Night of the Year 2015


LES SENTINELLES Proposal by Signatures Seven thousand years ago, human beings cut and raised stones in western europe. These stones, venerated as sacred objects, are particularly numerous in Île‐de‐ France and constitute the first traces of our civilisation’s architecture. By photographing them, Alain Cornu sought to highlight these messengers from the past, recovering their sacred […]

THIERRY BOUËT_Night of the Year 2015


AFFAIRES PERSONNELLES ‘Hello sir, I’m calling about your ad on Le Bon Coin concerning the horse‐riding boots. Are they still available?’ ‘Yes, they are. I’ve hardly ever worn them. I got the wrong size. Are you a size 41?’ ‘Well, I’m calling you for a rather special reason. I’m a photographer preparing a show about […]



THE MANGINI STUDIO Proposal by Martin Parr For a period spanning eight years, Gordon Stettinius sporadically visited the Mangini Studio to have his portrait taken. The first of the styled portraits came about as the result of Stettinius’ disquieting need to experiment with the proud but oft‐maligned hairstyle known to some as the permanent wave. […]

ESTER VONPLON_Night of the Year 2015


GLETSCHEFAHRT on a musical creation of Stephan Eicher Vonplon photographed the Swiss glaciers for two years. During the summer months these glaciers are covered by enormous cloth panels to stop the melting process. She also recorded the sound of the purling Gletschermilch (glacial milk).The musician Stephan Eicher then used these recordings to compose an audio‐ […]

VINCENT MUNIER_Night of the Year 2015


SOLITUDES Proposal by Sylvie Hugues Animal shadows, silhouettes moving through the mist, beasts camouflaged in the whiteness of the arctic: Vincent Munier invites our gaze to lose itself in the storm, caress the curve of the peaks, contemplate the infinity of polar ice floes. A concerned photographer, he is committed to sharing with us the […]

BERTRAND STOFLETH_Night of the year 2015


RHODANIE Bertrand Stofleth follows the Rhône for more than 850 kilometres, from its source on the swiss glacier to its delta mouths flowing into the mediterranean. He is particularly interested in showing the identity of the riverside by methodically following the course of the stream and its surroundings. He thus creates a dialogue between the […]

TIM RICHMOND_Night of the Year 2015


LAST BEST HIDING PLACE Places, like people can seem alone, filled with melancholy. Last Best Hiding Place is a contemporary and personal journey through the american west where the locations and characters are specific whilst also remaining totally generic. The evidence of the American dream is there, but dust covered, closed and uncherished.

MANUEL BOUGOT_Night of the Year 2015


CHANDIGARH Proposal by Gilles Valette The idea of a photo trip to chandigarh first occurred to me in the early 1980s, when I was photographing le corbusier’s maisons Jaoul. The impressive architecture of the city had its effect and I decided to deepen my approach to the story of what its inhabitants call ‘The City […]

MAXI COHEN_Night of the Year 2015


LADIES ROOMS AROUND THE WORLD As i grew up, bathrooms were my favorite hiding place and the one sanctuary of solitude. In 1978, to escape a boring awards dinner in a hotel ballroom, i retreated to the ladies room. Enchanted by the octogenarians adjusting their corsets and false eyelashes, i photographed the camaraderie of their […]

GRAEME WILLIAMS_Night of the Year 2015


A CITY REFRACTED Proposal by Janette Danel Helleu Graeme williams has returned his focus to Johannesburg, fifteen years after his first monograph was published. Much has changed since that period, during which the urban area was shifting from a whites‐only, apartheid zone to a vibrant mixed-race precinct. Now, the city is almost exclusively the domain […]

MINZAYAR_Night of the Year 2015


PLACE BE WITH YOU Inaugurated eight years ago in semi‐secret under the military junta, the Yangon Photo Festival (YPF)’s intensive trainings have introduced nearly 400 young burmese throughout the country to documentary photography. Minzayar now works for reuters and this year won first prize at the YPF Awards with an intelligent and moving work on […]

TIM HETHERINGTON_Night of the Year 2015


Taken mostly from the center of political and social conflicts in West Africa and the Middle East, Tim Hetherington’s photographs focus on the experience of war from the perspective of the individual. Yossi Milo Gallery presents a projection of images from Infidel, hetherington’s photographs of American troops with whom the artist was embedded in Afghanistan’s […]

DE L’AIR, 15 ANS DEJA !_Night of the Year 2015


For the fifteenth anniversary of the magazine de l’air, the rencontres d’arles invited us to join in the Night of the year. We were given carte blanche, an invitation we extended to the talented photographer and filmmaker Jean‐François Spricigo. This auteur chose to combine our covers with a selection of his own images. His slideshow […]

OFF THE WALL, CULTURES PHOTO_Night of the Year 2015


A book‐magazine on emerging photography and antique photos. its ambition is to create a photographic dialogue between generations.   INAUGURAL ISSUE Franck Lebreton, Isi Véléris, Lisa Roze, Omar Victor Diop, Jack Dante, Rj Shaughnessy, Evgueny Eokhorev… LITHUANIA, TURKEY, PHOTOJOURNALISM Eliott Landy, Mehmet Kacmaz, Etienne Montès, Yusuf Sevincli, Antanas Sutkus, Patrick Chauvel, Goksin Sipahioglou… EYES ON, […]

ONES TO WATCH_Night of the Year 2015


Ones to Watch is British Journal of Photography’s annual global survey of emerging talent. Introducing 25 photographers who we believe are on the verge of something big in 2015, as chosen by their peers – fellow photographers alongside curators, editors, agents, publishers and festival directors drawn from all five continents.     Calogero Cammalleri Nadine […]



In a context of unprecedented social and economic crisis, a new and singular photographic wind is stirring over Spain. The projection shown at the Night of the year in Arles presents the work of eleven photographers from this movement.   RICARDO CASES EL PORQUÉ DE LAS NARANJAS DAVID HORNILLOS MEDIODILLA VICENTE PAREDES FURTIVOS ARNAU BLANCH […]

.TIFF_Night of the Year 2015


.tiff is a future‐oriented, annual showcase of young belgian talent. FoMu will publish a selection of the very best of the up‐and‐coming image makers of our country. .tiff resolutely opts for quality, challenging content, diversity and originality. It launches photographers who want to break free and push back frontiers. What it presents is a variety […]



The Nuits Photographiques, festival dedicated to photographic films and multimedia works related to the image will celebrate their 5th edition this september in Paris.   FLORIAN DRÉ LES PHOTOGRAPHIES ‘Like photos, this has always fascinated me!’ AUGUSTIN REBETEZ OISEAU When Human, animal, and machine meet. ANNETTE JUNG LEGO THRILLER Michael Jackson’s Thriller, lego style. MICHAEL […]

Natasha Caruana_Night of the year 2015


FAIRYTALE FOR SALE Natasha Caruana presents a reworking of her series Fairytale for Sale. The work explores wedding customs in the UK, revealing the fantasy, performance and trophy moments of the traditional big day. The series consists of collected online images of brides wearing redundant wedding dresses.

CHARLIE, I AM_Nuit de l’Année 2015


On 7 January 2015, around 11:00 am, we heard the news. A shooting had taken place in the Charlie Hebdo offices. One of our journalists was there. We lived through a day of fear and stupor, but also of intense work, as always for Libération when major events are unfolding. We were struck to the heart, […]

Stephen Shore

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Espace Van Gogh   Stephen Shore is one of the most important and visibly influential photographers of the past three decades. The new approach that defines his contribution to photography and its language has continued to arouse the interest of different generations of artists and he remains a key reference point for young photographers working […]

Barthes is Back / carte blanche Chantal Thomas

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Chantal Thomas, an author and researcher, has written many essays, including on Sade and Marie-Antoinette. In 2002 she won the Fémina Prize for her novel Les Adieux à la reine (Seuil, 2002), which Benoit Jacquot brought to the screen. Since then, she has written Le Testament d’Olympe (Seuil, 2010) and L’Échange des princesses (Seuil, 2013). […]

Barthes is Back / carte blanche Bernard Comment

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Bernard Comment, an author and publisher, has written many novels and essays, including Roland Barthes, vers le neutre (Christian Bourgois, 1991). His most recent collection of short stories, Tout passe (Christian Bourgois, 2011), won the Goncourt Prize in that genre. He is the director of the Fiction & Cie collection at Seuil and a programme […]

Barthes is Back / carte blanche Rodolphe Burger

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Rodolphe Burger is a musician and singer. In 1986 he founded the band Kat Onoma while simultaneously leading a solo career. He created the C’est dans la vallée festival in Saintes-Marie-les-Mines in 2000 and his own production company, Dernière bande, in 2002. In 2006 and 2007 he led a seminar, “Variations sur la reprise”, at […]

Barthes is Back / carte blanche Hans Ulrich Obrist

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Introduction by Bernard Comment, , an author and publisher, has written many novels and essays, including Roland Barthes, vers le neutre (Christian Bourgois, 1991). His most recent collection of short stories, Tout passe (Christian Bourgois, 2011), won the Goncourt Prize in that genre. He is the director of the Fiction & Cie collection at Seuil […]

Toon Michiels – American Neon Signs by Day and Night

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Église des Trinitaires     In the mid-1970s, Toon Michiels made various journeys to the United States of America, where he undertook a number of road trips in a rented car to, among other plac- es, Reno and Las Vegas. Very quickly, Michiels developed a fascination for the spectacular neon signs that motels and restaurants […]

Walker Evans – Anonymous

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Musée Départemental Arles Antique   Walker Evans (1903‐1975) remains one of the most important and influential photographers in the history of the medium. His career spanned the emergence of the modern mass media in the 1920s to the full acceptance of photography as an art form in the 1960s and 70s. Many of Evans’s individual […]


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Three Series from the Jean-Marie Donat Collection Chapelle de la Charité   The three series presented are from a collection of 10,000 photos compiled over a period of more than 25 years. one of their distinguishing characteristics is the repetition of a detail, which creates a sense of strangeness that questions the source of my […]

Pauline Fargue – Discovery Award 2015

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No Day Grande Halle, parc des Ateliers     How can we inhabit a landscape now that the visible is merely virtual and our bodies are tirelessly excluded? That is the question that haunts my installations (video/sound/sculpture/performance), whereby the spectator expe‐ riences immersion in image. This seeking has its source in an unusual photographic practice. […]

Martin Gusinde – The Spirit of The Tierra Del Fuego People

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Cloître saint-trophime     Between 1918 and 1924, over four journeys, the German missionary Martin Gusinde became the only anthropologist who had been capable of conducting an in‐depth study of the Selk’nam, Yamana, and Kawésqar societies, which were by then already considerably diminished. The 1 200 photographs he brought back with him constitute a unique […]

Las Vegas Studio

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Images From The Archives of Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown Grande Halle, parc des Ateliers   Learning from Las Vegas, a treatise on architectural theory published in 1972, captivates us primarily through its engaging visual discourse developed during Robert Venturi and Denise Scott brown’s 1968 research. For Venturi, Scott Brown, and their collaborator, Steven […]

Souvenirs of the Sphinx, a Short History of Photography

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Collection Wouter Deruytter Musée Départemental Arles Antique       The pyramids overshadowed the sphinx for millennia until drawings, prints and, especially, photographs made it an icon. wouters deruytter’s collection is a history of the photography of this solitary, monumental sculpture. The sphinx sits beneath albumin, collodion or gelatine skies in monochrome hues ranging from […]

Total Records

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The Great Adventure of Album Cover Photography Atelier des Forges, parc des Ateliers   A history of photography through the prism of the vinyl record: both media, which left their mark on the 20th century, were combined in all their forms, from artwork to illustration, figuration to experimentation. The show is based on this diversity […]

Tony Oursler

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Imponderable Atelier des Forges, parc des Ateliers   Imponderable is an extensive research project that investigates the personal collection of American artist Tony Oursler. The project’s title, Imponderable, suggests the idea of something that cannot be determined with accuracy. Eighteenth‐century scientists used the word to describe magnetism, electricity, and other then unquantifiable energies. For Oursler, […]

Ambroise Tézenas- I was Here, Dark Tourism

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Grande Halle, parc des Ateliers   Ambroise Tézenas evokes places marked by tragedy that now have their own guided tours. This phenomenon, known as ‘dark tourism’, is rooted in our fascination with the human capacity for evil, as well as our desire to see the aftermath of horror. Earthquakes, tsunamis, devastated or poverty‐stricken areas are […]

Thierry Bouët – Personal Affairs

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Grande Halle, parc des Ateliers     ‘Hello sir, I’m calling about your ad on Le bon coin concerning the horse‐riding boots. Are they still available?’ ‘yes, they are.’ ‘Great. where are they from?’ ‘An Italian shoemaker.’ ‘Are they new or used?’ ‘I’ve hardly ever worn them. I got the wrong size. Are you a […]

Olivier Cablat – Duck, a Theory of Evolution

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Grande Halle, parc des Ateliers   In 1930, duck farmer Martin Maurer had a duck‐shaped building constructed to house his retail poultry shop in Flanders, a small town on Long Island, New York. In 1972, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour wrote Learning from Las Vegas, in which they examined the concepts of […]


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Matthieu Chedid meets Martin Parr Église des Frères Prêcheurs     A sound and visual experience to revisit Martin Parr’s work, based on an original musical creation bu Matthieu Chedid.     Artistic direction: Matthieu Chedid, Martin Parr, and Sam Stourdzé with the cooperation of Charlotte Ortiz. With support from Sacem. Exhibition co-produced by Labo […]

Images/Landscapes/Shores, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


CONSERVATOIRE DU LITTORAL   The Conservatoire du Littoral, a French public organisation dedicated to the protection of natural areas on coasts and lakeshores, celebrated its 40th anniversary on 10 July 2015, during the Rencontres d’Arles. This was a lucky coincidence: the Conservatoire has had a fruitful relationship with photography for 30 years. In 1984, it […]

It’s sunny, I’m going out, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


WORKS FROM THE CENTRE NATIONAL DES ARTS PLASTIQUES   It’s a nice day, I’m going out: like a reflex. A response to the beckoning outdoors. But here, everything goes wrong. A gap opens up and the image no longer goes without saying. The vertical tipping of an already‐overturned lorry, the frustrated promise of a famous […]

Daring photography, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


50 YEARS OF AVANT-GARDE COLLECTION IN ARLES   In 1965, the birth of the first public photography collection in a French fine art museum took place in Arles at the Musée Réattu. Jean‐Maurice Rouquette, curator, and Lucien Clergue, photographer, dared to launch an avant‐garde project which would lead to the Rencontres d’Arles festival, the École […]

The Book Awards, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


The €8,000 Author’s book Award honours the best work on photography published between 1 June 2014 and 31 May 2015. It is organised with support from the fnac. The €8,000 history book Award is for the best documented thematic or monographic work on photography or a photographer published between 1 June 2014 and 31 May […]

Ambroise Tézenas, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


I WAS HERE. DARK TOURISM   Ambroise Tézenas evokes places marked by tragedy that now have their own guided tours. This phenomenon, known as ‘dark tourism’, is rooted in our fascination with the human capacity for evil, as well as our desire to see the aftermath of horror. Though related, dark tourism is not the […]

Raymond Hains, photographer, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


AROUND ARLES’S LA ROQUETTE BUSINESSES   Raymond Hains is one of the most noteworthy figures in the history of contemporary art. Although he signed the Constitutive Declaration of New Realism in Yves Klein’s studio in october 1960, his work defies classification. His slashed posters and supersized matchboxes are among his best‐known works, but in the […]

Souvenirs of the sphinx, like a short history of photography, Rencontres 2015


THE WOUTER DERUYTTER COLLECTION In his Natural History, published in 77 CE, Pliny the Elder lamented the short shrift given the Sphinx: ‘In front of the pyramids is the Sphinx, a still more wondrous work of art, but one upon which silence has been observed.’ The pyramids overshad‐ owed the Sphinx for millennia until drawings, […]

An unusual attention, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, ARLES   This year’s jury (Agnès Sire, director, Fondation Henri Cartier‐Bresson; Marco Zappone, director, éditions Photosynthèses; and Sam Stourdzé, director, Rencontres d’Arles) has brought an unusual attention to bear on four students who, each with a different style and approach, nonetheless are united in their desire to disrupt and […]

Vernacular! Rencontres d’Arles 2015


THREE SERIES FROM THE JEAN-MARIE DONAT COLLECTION   By nature, the collector’s eye links disparate images that would have remained unknown or misunderstood had it not patiently identified similarities, resemblances, and affinities. In some cases, the art of collecting, by contiguity and concordance, redoubles the mystery of the meaning of the whole. Two or three […]

Vincent Ferrané, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


BIENVENUE   A woman in a blue shirt with dark blond hair and a gentle face moves through the centre and outskirts of Angers. She crosses these neighbourhoods, perhaps wandering a little. In any case, walking, she becomes the lone narrator of an enigmatic, silent journey. The action occurs on a single sunny day, but […]

Walker Evans, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


ANONYMOUS   Walker Evans (1903‐1975) remains one of the most important and influential photographers in the history of the medium. His career spanned the emergence of the modern mass media in the 1920s to the full acceptance of photography as an art form in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of Evans’s individual images have become […]

Total Records, Rencontres d’arles 2015


THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF ALBUM COVER PHOTOGRAPHY   A history of photography through the prism of the vinyl record. These two media, which left their mark on the 20th century, interplayed in all their forms, from artwork to illustration, figuration to experimentation. The show is based on this diversity of intentions and propositions. The first […]

The LP Company, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


LP COLLECTION, HIDDEN TREASURES OF UNDERGROUND MUSIC   Laurent & Patrick (LP) met at the office. During one momentous coffee break they discovered that they shared the same passion for music and especially for vinyl records of obscure and fascinating bands. The LP Collection exhibition presents a snapshot of their work of documentation and distribution, […]

Stephen Shore, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Stephen Shore is one of the most important and visibly influential photographers of the past three decades. The new approach that defines his contribution to photography and its language has continued to arouse the interest of different generations of artists and he remains a key reference point for young photographers working today. As a result, […]

Natasha Caruana, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT   Natasha Caruana’s photography is part ethnography, part performance. For her, it is a way of writing about things she wants to study. based on personal experience, her photographic stories—Married Man, Fairytale for Sale, The Other Women, The Detective, and Love Bomb—are about love affairs, betrayal, and fantasies. Ms. Caruana, winner […]

The Discovery Award 2015


The nominators of the 2015 Discovery Award Presentation of the 10 nominated artists by their nominators: Krzysztof Candrowicz presents Anna Orlowska and Shilo Group ; Louise Clements presents Lisa Barnard and Robert Zhao Renhui ; Fannie Escoulen presents Pauline Fargue and Julián Barón ; Claire Jacquet presents Delphine Chanet and Omar Victor Diop ; Francesco […]

The Hevens. Annual report, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Paolo Woods and Gabriel Galimberti   Tax havens have quietly taken the world by storm. More than half of world trade now passes through these places. They are in the news every day, and are fast becoming a constant fixture of political debate. The growing flow of articles and reports on this poorly understood subject […]

Vincent Ferrané

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BIENVENUE Commanderie Sainte Luce   In 2014 Vincent Ferrané looked at a city and its shopping centre. He was aware of two spatio‐temporal settings, ambivalent meeting grounds of the past and the present, of human, anthropological, and architectural history. In this constant fluctuation between historical and specific sites (from the château to the city) and […]

Alice Wielinga

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North Korea, a Life Between Propaganda and Reality Église Saint Blaise     April 2013. While the western media dogs Kim Jong‐un’s steps during his missile test launches, I travel 2,500 kilo‐ metres through the North Korean interior. Once arrived, the images I know from my advance research correspond with the scenes my guides proudly […]

Alex Majoli & Paolo Pellegrin

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CONGO Magasin Electrique     A photographer is in a way a painter of light and shadows. sometimes, however, a photographer might play with shadows to bring them to life and show us hidden sides of reality. This is the theme that is instrumented throughout this exhibition, with the congo, my homeland, as its main […]

The LP Company

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The LP Collection, Hidden Treasures of Underground Music Atelier des Forges   The LP Collection exhibition presents a snapshot of Laurent & Patrick (LP) work of documentation and distribution focusing on collection of some 6 000 discs. Drawing upon film and photography as well as text and performance, their project expanded into a series of […]

Natasha Caruana- AT FIRST SIGHT


AT FIRST SIGHT Salle Henri-Comte   Ms. Caruana, winner of the 2014 BMW Residency at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, is trying to find out the truth about love at first sight. Married just a few days before her Residency started, she draws from her own life, popular myths and research by neuroscientists, biologists and anthropologists. […]

Tony Oursler, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


IMPONDERABLE : THE ARCHIVES OF TONY OURSLER   An exhibition commissioned and produced by the LUMA foundation for the Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France. ‘Imponderable’ is an extensive research project that investigates the personal collection of American artist Tony Oursler, a remarkable trove of more than 2,500 photographs, publications and unique objects, tracking a […]

MMM, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Matthieu Chedid meets Martin Parr   The MMM exhibition is the product of a meeting. The meeting of two personalities: a musician with a pronounced visual bent and one of the most important figures in contemporary photography. They meet here in a dialogue sustained by two widely separated and diverse environments. The composer’s ‘homage’ gives […]

COSMOS-ARLES BOOKS, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Cosmos, formerly Supermarkt (2009), Hypermarkt (2010‐2012), and The Club (2013), was invited in 2015 by the Rencontres d’Arles to join the official programme under the name Cosmos‐Arles Books. Cosmos‐Arles Books’ creative direction has been entrusted to Olivier Cablat and Sebastian Hau and Sam Stourdzé, director of the Rencontres d’Arles. dedicated to photobooks, this new satellite […]

An exchange of views, Olympus conversation, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Art is nurtured by correspondences, echoes, and influences, whether avowed or no. All artists stand on their forerunners’ shoulders, and one day others will stand on theirs. Every year for three years, Olympus has revitalised this never‐ending dialogue by asking great names in contemporary photography to sponsor three young graduates of the École Nationale Supérieure […]

Las Vegas Studio, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Images from the archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown   Learning from Las Vegas, a treatise on architectural theory published in 1972, captivates us primarily through its engaging visual discourse developed during Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s 1968 research and design studio course at Yale. For Venturi, Scott Brown, and their collaborator, […]

Congo, Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin at The Rencontres d’Arles 2015


A photographer, in a certain sense, paints with light. sometimes, however, a photographer must work—painstakingly, patiently—with shadow, in order to bring the latter into real life and show us a hidden aspect of reality. This is, in large part, the secret of this exhibition. Its main character is the Congo, my homeland, which I revisit […]

Martin Gusinde, The Spirit of the Tierra Del Fuego People, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Between 1918 and 1924, over four journeys, the German missionary Martin Gusinde became the only anthropologist capable of conducting an in‐depth study of the Selk’nam, Yamana, and Kawésqar societies, which were by then already considerably diminished. Within the framework of a ‘safeguarding’ ethnography characteristic of its era, Martin Gusinde used a methodology of observation that […]

Together, photography, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


The collections of the Maison européenne de la photographie   The Maison européenne de la Photographie in Paris now has around 21,000 works in its collections. Founded over 35 years ago, the MEP has followed the tastes and trends of its times, revealing a survey of photography from the second half of the 20th century. […]

Fellini, 8 1⁄2 coulour, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Photographs by Paul Ronald   As if by magic, Federico Fellini’s legendary black and white film 81⁄2 makes an appearance in colour, immortalised by Paul Ronald. The producers asked him to photograph scenes in black and white. But Ronald had two Hasselblad cameras, and he loaded the second one with a roll of colour film, […]

Another language, eight japanese photographers at The Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Another Language: Eight Japanese Photographers presents significant bodies of work by Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Kou Inose, Daido Moriyama, Masatoshi Naito, Sakiko Nomura, Issei Suda and Daisuke Yokota. The exhibition is comprised of over 200 prints, both vintage and contemporary, which, for the most part, have never previously been seen in Europe. Another Language takes […]

Sandro Miller, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Sandro Miller – Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters   At the age of sixteen, upon seeing the work of Irving Penn, Sandro Miller knew he wanted to become a photographer. Mostly self‐taught, sandro learned his craft by studying books published by many of the great artists canonised in photographic history. Through their pictures, […]

Personal affairs, Thierry Bouët at The Rencontres d’Arles 2015


‘Hello sir, I’m calling about your ad on Le Bon Coin concerning the riding boots. Are they still available?’ —  ‘yes, they are.’ —  ‘Great. Where are they from?’ —  ‘An Italian shoemaker.’ —  ‘Are they new or used?’ —  ‘I’ve hardly ever worn them. I got the wrong size. Are you a size 41?’ […]

Alice Wielinga at The Rencontres d’Arles 2015


NORTH KOREA, A LIFE BETWEEN PROPAGANDA AND REALITY Winner of the 2014 photo Follo Review   April 2013. While the Western media dogs Kim Jong‐un’s steps during his missile test launches, I travel 2,500 kilometres through the North Korean interior. Once arrived in North Korea, the images I know from my advance research correspond with […]

Facades, Markus Brunetti at The Rencontres d’Arles 2015


The FACADES by Markus Brunetti evoke enthusiasmor a sense of estrangement. For the viewer they raise questions that are often posed today, in the ‘age of technical manipulation’. Questions that Brunetti responds to only with his works. The pictures are digitally captured and meticulously worked out in a time‐consuming process. The final step requires printing […]

Olivier Cablat at The Rencontres d’Arles 2015


DUCK, A Theory of Evolution   In 1930, duck farmer Martin Maurer commissioned a duck‐shaped building for his retail poultry shop in flanders, a small town on Long Island, New York. In 1972, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour wrote Learning from Las Vegas, in which they examined the concepts of vernacular, functional, […]

Toon Michiels, Rencontres d’Arles 2015


AMERIACAN NEON SIGNS BY DAY & NIGHT   In the mid‐1970s, Toon Michiels made various journeys to the united states of America, where he undertook a number of road trips in a rented car to, among other places, reno and Las Vegas. very quickly, Michiels developed a fascination for the spectacular neon signs that motels […]

Sandro Miller – Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters


Abbaye de Montmajour     Mostly self‐taught, Sandro learned his craft by studying books published by many of the great artists canonised in photographic history, and is now considered as one of the top advertising photographers worldwide. Sandro first met Malkovich in the late 1990s. More than 16 years later, they are still collaborating, which […]

Another Language


EIGHT JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHERS This exhibition is comprised of over 200 prints, both vintage and contemporary, which, for the most part, have never previously been seen in europe. There are new and unseen bodies of work by some of the best‐known practitioners, like Hosoe and Moriyama; key works by lesser‐known but equally important historic figures like […]

Markus Brunetti – Facades


Facades Grande Halle   In 2005 Markus Brunetti set out on a long journey through Europe that so far has lasted ten years, until the summer of 2015. In the course of this journey his enthusiasm for the façades of sacred buildings has grown. During this journey to the artistic and architectural roots of european […]

Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galimberti – The Heavens, Annual Report


 Palais de l’Archevêché   Tax havens have quietly taken the world by storm. The growing flow of articles and reports on this poorly understood subject are usually illustrated with images of palm‐fringed tropical beaches. Is that what tax havens really look like? from delaware to Jersey; from the british Virgin Islands to the City of […]

Is Amateur Photography Part of the History of Photography?


10 July 2014.   The recovery of amateur photographs is booming and has even produced a few experts. Is this a serious pursuit? How can their value be assessed? Is interest limited to the pre-digital age? How can the huge number of private collections be discovered? Should family pictures be protected? With the artists Mazaccio […]

What liberties can be taken with the history of photography? The collector’s eye.


9 July 2014. Collectors offer new readings of photographs by making thematic choices or artificial connections between works. Can this sometimes betray the photographer’s intention? Purchasing committees create public collections, whereas private collectors usually work alone. Do these two approaches have the same value? Can a museum accommodate a collector’s ‘temperament’ and integrate his collection? […]

A conversation with David Bailey


A conversation with the famous British portraitist hosted by Tim Marlow, director artistic programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Does Propaganda Photography Make for Interesting Archives?


8 July 2014 The purpose of propaganda pictures is to manipulate public opinion. What is their value years later—a resource for historians, objects of speculation, art works or decoration for teenagers’ bedrooms? How can pictures illustrating politic ideologies that have sometimes led to the deaths of millions of people be handled? With collectors and curators […]

Photography: The Shared Art of The 21st Century 3/3


Symposium 2014, 11 July. Will the web revolutionise how photographs are disseminated? Will it change the way knowledge about photography is shared? Will it win over a new public to the art form? New media: with Joëlle Menrath, a sociologist specialising in the image and new uses of photography, Isabelle Saussol, head of educational projects […]

Rentrée en Images 2014: the opening


Since its inception, “Back to School in Images” has grown steadily, all the while increasing the teaching ideas it has to offer. Nine French education authorities are now involved and 10,000 students are able to come with their teachers to experience part of the festival each year. For the tenth consecutive year, the Rencontres is […]

Photography: The Shared Art of The 21st Century 2/3


Symposium 2014, 10 July. Publishers and collectors: photography’s new public. Opened by Hans Rooseboom, curator of the exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. How have publishers contributed to the massive spread of photography? With Daile Kaplan, vice-president and head of the photography and publications department at Swann Galleries, Xavier Barral, director of Éditions Xavier Barral, Matthieu […]

Photography: The Shared Art of The 21st Century 1/3


Symposium 2014 9 July Between the 1960s and the 1980s, photography emerged from being viewed as a purely documentary or archival practice to recognition as an art form. In France it entered the Ministry of Culture’s official remit in 1981, but many initiatives had anticipated this development. Viewers and visitors became more diversified, creating a […]

The Arlésienne by Christian Lacroix


Beyond being this woman of Arles celebrated to the point of caricature by the poets, artists and musicians of the end of the 19th century up until today, the Arlésienne cannot be reduced to a Graeco-Roman profile, a chiselled velvet ribbon and a lace headscarf, no matter how exceptional and mythic they may be. The […]

The Walther Collection, Typology, Taxinomy and seriality


Throughout the modern era, photography has been deployed to catalogue the world and its people. Photographers and institutions have struggled laboriously to arrange, to order, and to catalogue this infinitude of images into coherent presentations and archives. This exhibition investigates how these progressive archives, utilizing the formal tools of classification, have opened critical challenges to […]

Raymond Depardon, The presence of a lost generation


When Raymond Depardon photographed France’s villages and neighbourhoods during a five-year period, it was difficult for his lense not to regularly encounter monuments to the dead, given that they are such a part of towns’ landscapes. On the occasion of the centenary of World War I, the Rencontres presents for these photographs for the first […]

The men and women of Lucien Clergue


Lucien Clergue is 80 years young and bursting with energy. For this anniversary, we wanted to put things in order, bring the reading of his photography back to its essential elements and sort out the stories he recounts with such loquaciousness, in order to accompany them. The nudes which made him famous rest alongside fragile […]

Day of War 14-18


World War I was one of the first events widely covered by photographers. L’Excelsior, a French daily newspaper launched in 1910, featured many of their photographs. Jean-Noël Jeanneney, the host of the highly successful radio programme ‘Concordance des temps’ on France Culture, and the Rencontres’ president, brings the experience of French soldiers in the trenches, […]

W.M. Hunt’s Collection, Foule


This passion for collecting is foolish. Collectors must be fools. Fou. Foule. Welcome to Hunt’s three-ring circus.It took awhile in my own collecting to have the confidence in my own ‘eye’ to be image driven as opposed to being caught up in the reputation of the artist. And if you are really humming as a […]

Discovery Award 2014, Théâtre Antique


The works of the ten artists nominated in 2014 are presented by the five nominators. Quentin Bajac, chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Alexis Fabry, a curator specialising in Latin American photography and the founder of Toluca Editions in Paris. Bohnchang Koo, exhibition curator and photography professor at Kyungil […]

Mazaccio & Drowilal, Wild Style


Winners of the third BMW Photographic Residency at the Musée Nicéphore Niepce in 2013, Mazaccio & Drowilal exhibit a large selection of their work, including that produced during the residency in Chalon-sur-Saône.Mazaccio & Drowilal do not actually need to create their own photographs. Society caters for their demand for representative images. It suffices to bend […]

Daile Kaplan, Pop Photographica: Images & Objects


My collection of decorative and utilitarian 3-dimensional objects enhanced with photographic images reflects photography’s shifting identity, one that has long encompassed vernacular and fine art expressions, a convergence of high and low cultures. A range of 20th-century commercial and fine art articles are examined alongside 19th-century artisanal and amateur works, amplifying photographic expression to illustrate […]

Discovery Award 2014


THE NOMINATORS The five nominators of the 2014 Discovery Award are photography experts from five continents who programme festivals and/or work at institutions. Quentin Bajac, chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Alexis Fabry, a curator specialising in Latin American photography and the founder of Toluca Editions in Paris, Bohnchang Koo, exhibition curator […]

Claude Hudelot collection / The panorama, mirror of the celestial bureaucracy


In China, one genre seems to prefigure the panoramic photograph: portraits of emperors or high dignitaries, alone or as a couple, then shown again with their descendents. These vertical ‘accumulations’ in the form of family trees are the ancestors of panoramas.Western photographers first used panoramas to show landscapes like the bay of Hong Kong. The […]

Anouck Durand with Refik Veseli, Pleurat Sulo and Katjusha Kumi, Eternal friendship


Eternal Friendship is a photo-novel composed of archival photographs, which can be read like a cartoon strip. It interweaves history with a capital H and simple stories, the friendship between peoples –from Communist China and Albania in the 1970s– and the indestructible friendship between two men. The novel begins in China with the arrival of […]

Patrick Swirc, Don’t move


I’ve been asked to say what I think of Patrick Swirc’s photographs. Language. With words, he gets stuck, never says what he wants to, goes wide of the mark: he says this, without thinking, or that, instantly regretting it. He’s afraid of getting completely lost – and yet the boundless vertigo before he takes a […]

Vik Muniz, Théâtre Antique


The film about Vik Muniz creating an artwork with and to the benefit of rubbish sorters in Brazil deeply moved audiences at the Théâtre Antique in 2010. Back in Arles once more with his two latest works, exhibited at the Église des Trinitaires, Vik Muniz has accepted to present a special evening focusing on his […]

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Vincent Pérez, Face to face


Vincent Pérez is a true photographer, not because he studied this discipline in that temple which is the Vevey School of Photography, but because of his mastery of the portrait and the creativity of his mises en scène. An actor and director, cinema is obviously his preferred terrain. He has the advantage of an insider’s […]

Vik Muniz, Album


Album presents two new bodies of work – the eponymous Album series as well as Postcards from Nowhere. Muniz continues to explore the contemporary fragmented visual experience, with an increased emphasis on nostalgia and the materiality of photography. The Album series utilizes found personal photographs collected by Muniz over a number of years. The images […]

Small Universe / The Dutch need to document


The Dutch are among the tallest people in the world, yet they live in one of the world’s smallest countries. Cities in The Netherlands are crowded, houses are small and personal space is hard to find. People and other people’s stuff always surround the Dutch. They are hardly ever alone. In a place where horizons […]

Intuition : Vincent Courtois & Michael Ackerman


This is a show in which Michael Ackerman’s photographs interact with Vincent Courtois’s musical creations, which Courtois performs on his cello, allowing a lot of leeway for improvisation. In it we wanted to think about the rhythm of the images, and not be subjected to the usual norms of standardised screenings that ‘don’t go on […]

Martin Parr & Wassinklundgren, The Chinese Photobook


In the last decade there has been a major reappraisal of the role and status of the photobook within the history of photography. Revisionist histories of photography as recorded via the photobook have added enormously to our understanding of the medium’s culture, particularly in places that are often marginalized, such as Latin America and Africa. […]

Greetings from the Colonies, Safia Belmenouar


The postcard is part of our history, our imagination. It is also, given its extremely wide circulation, a privileged reinforcement of ideology. The postcards from the Colonies shown here were exchanged between Westerners and remained unknown by those represented on them. Through them, the homeland believed it was discovering peoples when, in fact, what it […]

David Bailey, Bailey’s Stardust


For more than fifty years, David Bailey has produced outstanding images for the great fashion magazines (including more than 350 covers for British Vogue), directed award-winning commercials and films, and created his own special projects and publications. This exhibition has been selected by Bailey and brings together those portraits, which he believes to be specially […]

Interview of Lucien Clergue


In 2014, for Lucien Clergue’s 80th anniversary, we wanted to put things in order, bring the reading of his photography back to its essential elements and sort out the stories he recounts with such loquaciousness, in order to accompany them.The nudes which made him famous rest alongside fragile scenes where he projects his own bruises […]

Prix Pictet, A retrospective


Since it began in 2008 the Prix Pictet has become one of the world’s leading prizes for sustainability and photography. For each new cycle, the Prix Pictet adopts a different theme. There have, to date, been four cycles of the award – Water, Earth, Growth, and Power. The fifth cycle Consumption concludes with an exhibition […]

Trepat Collection, Joan Fontcuberta


A CASE STUDY IN AVANT-GARDE PHOTOGRAPHYIt is with great satisfaction that MOKBA is at last able to do justice to an invaluable artistic legacy, hitherto unknown to specialists and the public alike, in presenting here for the first time a selection of works from the Trepat Collection of Modern Photography. These photographic fonds owe their […]

Monuments to the Dead


If churches were the only building common to all French municipalities since the Middle Ages, the work of memory which are the monuments to the dead of 1914-1918, erected after The Great War which devastated France, have become an indelible scar in the heart of all the nation’s towns.The Rencontres d’Arles, Mission du Centenaire de […]

Léon Gimpel, La guerre des gosses*


Paris, August 1915: men are at war and women work Far from their parents, the children of the rue Greneta play at battle. Equipped with only his camera and the inspiration of a few Poulbot drawings, Léon Gimpel faced this army of kids. From this encounter in the heart of the Sentier neighbourhood was born […]

Ciril Jazbec, On thin ice


Winner of the 2013 Photo Folio Review The On Thin Ice project is a series of photos from Greenland and one of the chapters in a long-term project concerned with the human face of climate change as it threatens various low-lying regions. The series shows the life of hunters in Northern Greenland, In my exploration, […]

Patrick Willocq, I Am Walé Respect Me


I deep dive here into an initiation ritual and aim to create an artistic and documentary photography, very close to the daily experience of Ekonda pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo.For the Ekondas, the most important moment in the life of a woman is the birth of her first child. The young mother (usually […]

Kudzanai Chiurai, Iyeza / Creation / Moyo / Revelations


My body of photographs, Revelations, started in 2011, explore the way in which Africa is imaged and understood in the West as well as questioning the ‘contemporary African condition’ by juxtaposing the past and the present of a continent in constant the grip of violent civil wars. These constructed environments are enticing and seductive but […]

Will Steacy, Deadline


For the past five years, I have photographed with unrestricted access the newsroom and printing plant of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Through a depiction of The Inquirer’s efforts to prevail despite depleted ad revenue, a steady decline in circulation, lay-offs, buy-outs, and bankruptcy, my intent is to reveal the challenges and harsh realities that face the […]

Pieter ten Hoopen, Hungry horse


In 2003, a little before the US presidential elections, I decided that I wanted to document the USA through one town, one small environment. George W. Bush was elected for the second time and was fighting terrorism.This is the story of a small town, Hungry Horse, situated in the Montana Rocky Mountains just a few […]

Kechun Zhang, The yellow river surging Northward thunderously


Saying that it is a song is a joke. Saying that it is our mother river or the root of our souls is deliberate oblivion.Indulging in the turbulent pleasures of the modern world day after day, we put the winding river out of our minds, no longer taking even a moment to gaze calmly upon […]

Youngsoo Han, People in a period of recovery


The war had taken away many things. Not only had it mercilessly trampled our beloved families and neighbours, but also their happiness and hope; indeed, humanity itself. At the height of the Korean War, I moved among the front lines as a soldier experiencing this tragedy, witnessing countless scenes that enraged me.I left the army […]

Victor Robledo at the Rencontres d’Arles


In this very abstract series of images I exhibit in Arles, I show compositions derived from studying the incidence of light in space through the image of shadows. I have had always a strong interest on how light affects the ephemeral perception of time. I am interested in the emotional quality of light, its harmony […]

Miguel Mitlag, T.V. SET


The photographs of the T.V. Set series dramatically engage the theatrical space of actual television sets of private television stations (the point of reference would be small, perhaps alternative or experimental, television channels). Each photograph proposes a new set as it portrays a single physical space. The idea behind this project is to invert the […]

Katharina Gaenssler at the Rencontres d’Arles 2014


‘With her room-filling installations Katharina Gaenssler touches on fundamental questions of seeing and perception. In her collages and the subsequent dé-collages, as well as in her book objects she utilises the possibilities offered by the medium of photography, yet without yielding to classical constraints’, Hans-Michael Koetzle in Katharina Gaenssler, Ephemer, Salon Verlag, Cologne, 2010.Characteristic of […]

Treasures of the Institut de France, Anne Lacoste


ANCIENT EGYPT RECAPTURED (1850-1914)In the early 19th century, the research of the Institut d’Egypte and the deciphering of hieroglyphics laid bare the traces of the ancient Egyptian civilisation that would thenceforth fascinate the West. Egypt’s ancient monuments became a favoured photographic subject. The Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, the oldest institution devoted to the study […]

Chema Madoz at the Rencontres d’Arles 2014


For thirty years, Spanish photographer Chema Madoz has held a particular place in the international artistic scene. His highly singular work does not adhere to any particular trend, although the influence of the Surrealist movement has often been noted. Extremely rigorous on a graphic level, his black and white compositions of the banal or familiar […]

Denis Rouvre / Identities, Intimate territories


For two years now, Denis Rouvre has been travelling around France, from Brittany to the Basque Coast, from the Vendée to Alsace. Exploring towns and countryside, he has caught up in his wake the French people he’s photographed and talked to, creating an installation about identity which mixes images and voices. At a time when globalisation […]

Interview Safia Belmenouar


Safia Belmenouar trained as a historian. Her interest in colonial photography led her to throw spotlights on the history of specific countries – Algeria, Cuba – through their iconographic representations. She is the author of Bons baisers des colonies (2007) and, among other academic publications, has participated in such collective works as L’Algérie oubliée (2004) […]

Interview Daile Kaplan


Daile Kaplan is vice president and director of photographs and photobooks at Swann Galleries, New York’s oldest specialty auction house, where she is also an auctioneer. A celebrated speaker about collecting photographs, she has been an appraiser of fine art and vernacular photography, and the photographs specialist on the popular American tv program, Antiques Roadshow.In […]

Interview Joan Fontcuberta


In addition to his photography-oriented visual art work, Joan Fontcuberta, has embraced such varied activities as teacher, critic, exhibition curator and historian. He presents in 2014 the Trepat Collection at the Rencontres d’Arles in the Musée départemental de l’Arles Antique, an invaluable artistic legacy, hitherto unknown to specialists and the public alike.For the first time, […]

Interview Claude Hudelot


Claude Hudelot is a historian of contemporary China and has published several works on Mao Zedong. He is a producer for public radio station France Culture and for television, as well as a documentary filmmaker.Claude Hudelot presents his collection, The Panorama, Mirror of Celestial Bureaucracy, at the Rencontres d’Arles 2014, in the Bureau DesLices. This […]

Interview Artur Walther


The Walther Collection was founded on the practices of early 20th-century German photographers and has expanded to become one of the most important private holdings of contemporary African and Asian photography and video art. Established by Artur Walther, the collection endeavors to create dynamic juxtapositions and to present diverse regional and thematic perspectives.Since 2010, the […]

Interview Martin Parr


Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. In addition to his work as a photographer and curator, he is a renowned collector of photographic books. In 2014, he presents his collection of Chinese Photobooks at the Rencontres d’Arles, in the Bureau DesLices.The exhibition, […]

Interview W. M. Hunt


W.M. Hunt is a photography collector, dealer, writer, and educator.He has organized major exhibitions, especially for the Rencontres d’Arles where he will present his collection Foule, in 2014, at the Palais de l’Archevêché, a collection that has come together over the past fifteen years or so.This collection gathers pictures of groups: posses, clubs, teams, graduations, […]

Ilit Azoulay at the Rencontres d’Arles 2014


History deposits its sediments on walls like paint on canvas. Functioning as a support and a facade, walls define a place by marking its boundaries, registering what has been accumulated in the spaces they circumscribe. The creation of Azoulay’s large panoramas is preceded by a prolonged process of wandering through urban construction and demolition sites. […]

Arles in Black 2013


Presentation of the 2013 edition of the Rencontres d’Arles: Arles in Black.

Can we still think of black and white aesthetic for photography today? 3/3


Symposium, 5 july 2013. Today creation in black and white, the temptation of colour.   With photographers Daido Moriyama and Pieter Hugo; Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art at the Tate Modern in London; Pascal Beausse, Manager of the Photography Collections at the National Visual Arts Centre; and Christian Caujolle, independent curator. Led […]

Can we still think of black and white aesthetic for photography today? 2/3


Symposium 2013 4 July How have technical processes helped validate a black and white aesthetic?   Chaired by Marie-Anne Ferry-Fall, general director of the ADAGP, society of Authors in the Graphic and Visual Arts, and with photographers Jean-Michel Fauquet and John Davies; Brett Rogers, Director of the Photographer’s Gallery in London; Jean-François Camp, president of […]

Can we still think of black and white aesthetic for photography today? 1/3


Symposium 2013 3 July The History of Photography, from Black and White to Colour.   Jean-Noël Jeanneney, President of Les Rencontres d’Arles, and François Hébel, Director of Les Rencontres d’Arles, open the colloquium. Black and White – Anne Cartier-Bresson, General Curator of Heritage, Director of the City of Paris Photography Restoration and Conservation Studio. – […]

Where does the future come from?


European Encounters Aix-Arles-Avignon 7 July 2013 Where does the future come from? How do memories and longing for the past nurture the creative process today? Photographers and visual artists whose work questions the place of memory — individual or collective, objective or dreamed — in contemporary creation have the floor. With Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Patrick Tourneboeuf […]

What to do with Family Memories?


6 July 2013. Photo albums or files clutter up all of our closets or computers. What are the reasons behind the absolute need to illustrate memory that produced albums in the 20th century and has taken on a virtual form in the 21st century? Can we appropriate intimate images and give them a second meaning? […]

Photography and the quest for identity


Photography as a way of asserting one’s identity in the world or with the people close to one. It can be part of an analytical process? With the photographers Pieter Hugo, Jean-Michel Fauquet, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Zanele Muholi, Miguel Angel Rojas. Round table led by Pierre Haski, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue89.

Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi


“Parcours d’exposition” at the Rencontres de la photographie, Arles   These photographs provide a glimpse into Jacques Henri Lartigue’s private life and the care-free moments of wealthy people. In the desire to capture the instant, they reveal a gentleness and lightness not found in his later work.   The CNDP and Les Rencontres d’Arles carry […]

Sergio Larrain, Retrospective


“Parcours d’exposition” at the Rencontres de la photographie, Arles   The work Sergio Larrain left behind spans only around 15 years but features a bold approach: he was a street photographer who tried to capture the elusive, special instants that give his pictures an impression of evidence.   The CNDP and Les Rencontres d’Arles carry […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Revolution


“Parcours d’exposition” at the Rencontres de la photographie, Arles.   The Revolution series’ title says what photography means to Hiroshi Sugimoto: a way to understand our relationship to time. For him, photography also represents an attempt to make dreams come true and offer a human vision of the world: in that sense it is an […]

Raynal Pellicer, À Fonds perdus


“Parcours d’exposition” at the Rencontres de la photographie, Arles   With “À Fonds perdus”, Raynal Pellicer shows what must no longer be. He brings together cast-off images in order to recreate stories. The goal is to exhibit them before and after touching them up and reframing the front and back of the photograph, showing both […]

Meeting with Simon Norfolk


5 July 2013 Commissioned by the Pictet Award this year, Simon Norfolk presents his latest work in Afghanistan. See the Evening Show at the Théâtre Antique

Round table: Sergio Larrain


3 July 2013 Exhibition curator Agnès Sire and people who were close to Sergio Larrain shed light on the man, his life choices, photography’s role in his career and his relationship to his work. With Agnès Sire, Director of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, curator of the of Sergio Larrain retrospective; Grégoria Larrain Truel, Sergio Larrain’s […]

Around the Evening Show of Hiroshi Sugimoto


3 July 2013. Meeting with Hiroshi Sugimoto. Led by Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art at the Tate Modern in London, and Christian Caujolle, independent curator. See the Evening Show at the Théâtre Antique

Interview with Alain Willaume about Transition (french version)


Alain Willaume participates in Transition, a collaborative photographic project carried out by French and South African photographers and focusing on the territory of South Africa.He investigates the landscape from a human and political point of vue. The photographs exhibited in Arles were shooted in Karoo desert, South Africa, an area rich in shale gas.Production : […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto presents Revolution


At 65, at the top of his career, Hiroshi Sugimoto holds two exhibitions at the Rencontres d’Arles 2013. In this video, he introduces Revolution to the public.   Production : Ouvretesyeux

Viviane Sassen shows In and Out of Fashion


Fashion offers Viviane Sassen a space she can draw on for her most personal projects. Surrealistic, unsettling, always fascinating and full of pizzazz. A touch of blackness cuts through these shimmering colours. The Dutch photographer speaks about In and Out of Fashion, the exhibition presented in Arles in 2013.

Transition, Social Landscapes


Transition is a collaborative photographic project carried out by French and South African photographers and focusing on the territory of South Africa. The project brings together works by six South African photographers (Santu Mofokeng, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Cedric Nunn, Jo Ractliffe, Thabiso Sekgala) and six French photographers (Patrick Tourneboeuf, Alain Willaume, Raphaël Dallaporta, Harry Gruyaert […]

The 2013 Oskar Barnack Leica Award & Leica NewComer Award

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The 2013 Oskar Barnack Leica Award & Leica NewComer Award. Given to a photographer whose work best expresses the relationship between man and his environment; and to a photographer under 25. Evgenia Arbugaeva won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for her portfolio, “Tiksi,” and Ciril Jazbec won the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for his […]

Daido Moriyama, Labyrinth + Monochrome


Labyrinth + Monochrome is a black and white photographic installation that plunges the visitor into a flow of images specific to Daido Moriyama’s photographic practice. Born in Japan in 1938, Daido Moriyama is one of the world’s major contemporary photographers. A member of the post-World War Two Japanese avant-garde, he began his photographic career in the 1960s. The […]

Pierre Jamet, 1936, Dina, Pierre, Sacha…


In 1936, after the Popular Front’s victory, the youth hostel movement in France underwent huge expansion, spurred on by the then youth minister Léo Lagrange. This movement gave young people the possibility of taking advantage of paid leave, newly implemented by the government, to travel cheaply and stay in economical, ecological and socially mixed hostels. […]

Jean-Michel Fauquet, Le grand séparateur


Renaissance scholars, improving on the method recommended by St. Thomas Aquinas to readers so that they may enhance their ability to remember, suggested the mental construction of architectural models, palaces, theatres, etc., to house the thing people wish to remember. They recommended that these things of the mind should be treated affectionately and that they […]

Miguel Angel Rojas, Photographic Image and Reality


I was an art student in Bogota, a very conservative city; in photography I’d found a means of expression for my sexual orientation. In the middle of the 1960s, I discovered the Faenza and other rundown cinemas where homosexuals could meet up. I went to these cinemas for several years. The moments I experienced there […]

Pieter Hugo, There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends


Pieter Hugo’s There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends is a series of close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom call South Africa home. Through a digital process of converting colour images to black and white while manipulating the colour channels, Hugo emphasizes the pigment (melanin) in his sitters’ skins […]

Mars, A photographic exploration presented by Xavier Barral


Valles Marineris, Olympus, Arcadia Planitia, Elysium Mons, Planum Boreum, Icaria Fossae andNoachis Terra are so many Martian regions flown over by the NASA space probe put into orbit in 2005 to study the planet’s surface. From among the tens of thousands images recorded, and possessing a resolution without precedent, Xavier Barral has extracted a series of photographs […]

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Relive the highlights of the day and nights of the Les Rencontres photographiques d’Arles.

Album Beauty by Erik Kessels, Théâtre Antique


An ode to the vanishing era of the photo album by Erik Kessels, a collector of vernacular photography who has spent many a Saturday at outdoor markets and junk stores collecting these amateur narratives, often drawn to their imperfections. According to Kessels, ‘a long and dedicated search through photo albums will occasionally reveal something less […]

Forum, 6 July 2013


Relive the highlights of the day and nights of the Les Rencontres photographiques d’Arles.

Studio Fouad, Beirut and Van-Leo, Cairo


Shortly after its creation in 1997, the Arab Image Foundation started collecting photographs from anonymous, amateur and professional photographers. The first two major collections gathered from studio photographers were those of Van-Leo in Cairo and Adib Ghorab in Beirut, both presented in this exhibition through a selection of hand-colored studio portraits. STUDIO FOUAD Born in […]

John Davies, France England


These photographs are a selection from a variety of projects in both France and England made between 1980-2009. In these images I attempt to create a narrative to tell visual stories about social and political process, change and transformation. The earliest photographs are from a series of explorations into isolated landscapes in the British Isles […]

Guy Bourdin, Untouched


The Dark RoomIn 2011 when Shelly Verthime was, in the words of Guy Bourdin’s son Samuel, ‘exploring, studying, plumbing the depths of my father’s archives and exhuming their substance’, she found a cardboard box containing a hundred brown paper postal envelopes, in each of which Guy Bourdin had placed a negative and the corresponding black […]

Antoine Gonin, Empreinte*


Empreinte is both an extension of and a rupture in Antoine Gonin’s work on landscape. Although his earlier Horizons resembled a long inventory of French landscape and heritage, its black and white images were primarily descriptive and established, in a narrative mode, a kind of photographic panorama of France’s natural and architectural beauties. With Empreinte, he seems to lose […]

Raynal Pellicer, À Fonds Perdus* collection


This collection brings together more than a hundred press photos published between 1910 and 1970 by American dailies such as The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Herald, The Denver Post, The Detroit News… Gelatin-silver prints retouched with gouache and ink, by brush and airbrush, bearing reframing marks, handwritten technical notes and marks in soft […]

Ansel Adams at the Rencontres d’Arles, 1974


A rare public discussion with Ansel Adams, the legendary and reclusive photographer, who had never before left his West coast home in Carmel, California. He was the guest of honor for the 1974 Rencontres d’Arles.

Chromatic Existences


40 years of South African photography. A documentary movie (co-produced by ARTE) and a series of web documentaries.   Directors Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urrea

Forum, 5 July 2013


Relive the highlights of the day and nights of the Les Rencontres photographiques d’Arles.

Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi


‘And now it is up to you, modest photographs, to do what you can—very little, I know—to tell everything, explain everything, make everything be imagined Everything, even and above all what cannot be photographed.’ Diary, 1931. An amateur of genius endowed with precocious talent, Jacques Henri Lartigue was discovered and made famous by the United […]

Gilbert Garcin in Arles


Everything began in the summer of 1995, when Gilbert Garcin, recently retired but quite simply wanting a second life, decided to launch into photography and, in order to so, participated in classes at the Rencontres d’Arles. Here he practised photomontage, which would be his first source of inspiration. From that time on, using himself as […]

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Optic nerve


What happens inside your mind can happen inside a camera is a line I wrote as a copywriter for a camera account when I decided to become a photographer in 1970. For more than forty years now, an opposite principle has also held true in all of my work: what you see happening in my photographs […]

Cristina De Middel, The Afronauts


In 1964, still leaving the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race. Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the […]

Alfredo Jaar, The politics of images


Alfredo Jaar seems like a made-to-measure guest for Arles. A large part of his work consists of questioning photography when it plays the role of a supposedly objective journalistic witness. Through installations, screenings and the accumulation of documents which converge towards a message that the visitor progressively, often physically discovers, Alfredo Jaar overturns our possible […]

Sergio Larrain, Retrospective


Sergio Larrain moved through the photographic universe like a meteorite. His concern for purity and the appeal of meditation led him to isolate himself, after many journeys, in the Chilean countryside, where he lived a self-sufficient life and taught yoga and drawing. From here he wrote an enormous amount, concerned with raising awareness about humanity’s […]

Marion Gronier, Les glorieux*


2012 WINNER OF THE “BMW RESIDENCY” AT THE MUSÉE NICÉPHORE NIÉPCE. Winner of the second ‘BMW Residency’ at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Marion Gronier exhibits the work carried out at Chalon-sur-Saône. There is nothing more contradictory in what we see here than these ravaged faces and their worried or absent eyes. We feel uncomfortable. Everything […]

Discovery Award 2013, Théâtre Antique


Projection of works by the 10 artists nominated in 2013, presented by the five nominators: Zeina Arida, Director of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut; Diane Dufour, Director of BAL, Paris; Alison Nordström, curator from the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Brett Rogers, Director of the Photographer’s Gallery, London; Olga Sviblova, Director of the Multimedia Art […]

Simon Norfolk, Prix Pictet, Théâtre Antique


The Prix Pictet, founded in 2008 by the leading Swiss private bank, Pictet & Cie, is the world’s most prestigious prize in photography and sustainability. Its mission is to reveal outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today. For each new cycle, the Prix Pictet adopts a different theme. […]

Tout peut arriver, Gilbert Garcin


This documentary by Ralf Kämpfe reveals the secrets of a man’s strange and wonderful encounter with photography. Strange because this man, Gilbert Garcin, was 65 years old when this encounter took place, and wonderful in that he became an unparalleled illusionist. Through photography, he tells tales, turns his dreams into images and, without seeming to […]

Forum, 4 July 2013


Relive the highlights of the day and nights of the Les Rencontres photographiques d’Arles.

2013 Discovery Award


Exhibition tours with the nominators Zeina Arida, Diane Dufour, Alison Nordström, Brett Rogers and Olga Sviblova and the ten nominated artists. Exhibition venue: Atelier de Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2013.

Jean-Louis Courtinat, The Social Testimony


This exhibition recounts thirty years of commitment to those who live on the margins of our society and who are in the worst position to be able to defend themselves. From the children suffering from cancer at the Institut Curie to the children abandoned in Romanian orphanages, from the homeless in the Nanterre shelter to […]

Erik Kessels, 24HRS of Photos


We’re exposed to an overload of images nowadays. This glut is in large part the result of image-sharing sites like Flickr, networking sites like Facebook, and picture-based search engines. Their content mingles public and private, with the very personal being openly and unselfconsciously displayed. By printing all the images uploaded in a twenty-four hour period, […]

Thibaut Cuisset, Le pays clair – Camargue*


Le Pays clair results from several arts residencies undertaken by Thibaut Cuisset in the Camargue, at the invitation of Laetitia Talbot from the Asphodèle Association, in partnership with the Tour du Valat. A unique area that continues to fascinate painters and artists, like all landscapes, the apparently wild and natural Camargue is in fact the […]

John Stezaker, Working from the collection


John Stezaker has been centrally influential in a number of developments in art over the last four decades; from Conceptual Art, New Image Art through to contemporary interest in the collage. Showing first as a part of the British Conceptual Art group in The New Art, 1972 (the first Hayward Annual), Stezaker’s interest in the […]

Festival d’Avignon, by Stéphane Couturier & Frédéric Nauczyciel


The relations between photography and the Festival d’Avignon go back to the festival’s very first years and to the work of Agnès Varda, who contributed to forging the Avignon legend. Through her amazing ability to create, with the actors, images that allowed something of theatrical performance to be perceived, she offered us both the gaze […]

Transition, Social Landscapes


A collective photographic project on an exceptional scale by 12 French and South African photographers who examined photography’s role in depicting and reinterpreting that country.South African photographers: Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Cedric Nunn, Jo Ractliffe, Thabiso Sekgala. French photographers: Philippe Chancel, Thibaut Cuisset, Raphaël Dallaporta, Patrick Tourneboeuf, Alain Willaume. Belgian photographer: Harry Gruyaert. […]

Giuseppe Penone, Entre les lignes*


The origins to Giuseppe Penone’s oeuvre lie in ‘the desire to establish a relationship of equals between himself and things’. From his very first works, he instigated a relationship with the organic world and with nature, in particular with trees: ‘In May 1969, I went into the forest and I set on down a path […]

Thomas Devaux, Attrition at the Théâtre Antique


3 July 2013, Théâtre Antique, Arles   Thomas Devaux recreates a different world from pictures taken behind the scenes at fashion shows and during exhibition openings.   Executive production: Coïncidence

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Relive the highlights of the day and nights of the Les Rencontres photographiques d’Arles.

Viviane Sassen, In and Out of Fashion


In the Netherlands and abroad Viviane Sassen is known foremost as an artist, whose somewhat surreal, colourful photographs of Africa won her the Prix de Rome in 2007. Alongside her autonomous work, however, she has long worked as a fashion photographer. Her fashion work is held in high regard, and she has carved out her […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Couleurs de l’ombre


From late-2009 to the beginning of 2010, my daily routine saw me rise at 5:30 every morning. First thing, I would check for hints of light dawning above the eastern horizon. If the day promised fair weather, next I would sight the ‘morning star’ shining to the upper right of the nascent dawn. Only then […]

ENSP 2013 Promotion


AN UNUSUAL ATTENTION, CLASS OF 2013 Jeannie Abert Claire Cocano Edwin Fauthoux-Kresser Leslie Moquin The task was not easy: focusing ‘unusual attention’ on four young ENSP graduates from the class of 2013. The idea is to show four very different viewpoints rooted in reality, sometimes straying from it to return to it better, where the […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Revolution


For a long time it was my calling to stand on cliffs and gaze at the horizon, where the sea touches the sky. One day, standing atop a lone island peak in a remote sea, the horizon encompassing my entire field of vision, for a moment it felt as if I was floating above an […]

L’OCCITANE en Provence – Paulo Nozolino


BLOOM A sunset, backstage at an opera house with its costumes and sets, a boat’s mainsail, wild and majestic animals, a child’s innocence, a field of lavender Here we have some photographic clichés, those that talented photographers avoid because it is so easy to create a touching image when the scene to be photographed is […]

Wolfgang Tillmans, Neue Welt*


Over 20 years Wolfgang Tillmans has tested and expanded the possibilities of photography in the most varied ways through his photographic and video works. His exhibition New World presents photographs from the artist’s new group of works of the same name, which were created in the course of numerous journeys. Twenty years after Wolfgang Tillmans first started […]

Gordon Parks, An American Story

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Presented for the first time in France, the An American Story exhibition proposes a synthesis of the exceptional career of American photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks (1912-2006). In a country that has turned the pioneer figure into a source of heroic mythology and national pride, Gordon Park’s biography is epic: he was the first African […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Shadows at the Théâtre Antique


2 July 2013, Théâtre Antique, Arles.   Mythical, mystical Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of the world’s greatest contemporary photographers, talks about his vision, alone on stage. A multidisciplinary artist, he also works with sculpture, installations and architecture. His art connects Eastern and Western ideologies while probing the nature of time, perception, and the origins of consciousness.   […]

Forum, 2 July 2013


Erik Kessels, 24hrs of photos, Palais de l’Archevêché (french version).

Lee Ufan, Dissonance


The Dissonance exhibition of painting and sculpture takes place in a particular context. An international artist of Korean origin, mainly living in Japan when he isn’t in his Parisian studio, or busy developing his foundation in New York, in the past few years, Lee Ufan has been sought out by the greatest art institutions and […]

Robin Hammond, Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe, former Rhodesia, has become a forgotten land. Today, with no light cast on the dark shadows of Robert Mugabe’s relentless tyranny, the downtrodden people of one of Africa’s most hauntingly beautiful nations rightfully feel abandoned by the world. Their modest hope devoured by the malice and greed of politicians, Zimbabwe’s people have nowhere to […]

Craig J. Barber, Working the Land


As our society increasingly relies upon industrial agriculture, there are still those who continue a close relationship with the land and all it has to offer, be they hunters, farmers, woodsmen, gardeners, or foragers. My work recognizes and acknowledges their commitment in a series of portraits that honors these individuals in their environments.My approach to […]

Nikolai Bakharev, Relationship


Nikolai Bakharev’s cycle Relationship dates from the late 1980s to early 1990s. What were at first sight the usual ‘beach’ shots by which many photographers like Bakharev made a living in the Soviet period, providing souvenir snaps for holidaymakers, have now become classics of Russian photography, the portrait of a historical era at the moment […]

Clare Strand in Arles


I work, for the most part, with black and white, believing it offers a psychological level of clarity that helps to strip the visual world down to its very core. My aim is to take photography to task by highlighting its many uses and it many limitations—operating at all times in the slim corridor between […]

Alison Rossiter, Expiry


I have collected almost twelve hundred packages of expired photographic papers. The expiration dates on the labels represent every decade of the twentieth century as well as rare examples from the late nineteenth century. This archive is a cross section of the history of photographic print materials, and it is the main resource for my […]

Lauren Bon and the Optics Division, Silver and water


In 2010 Lauren Bon invited artists, scientists, and inventors to convene in the dusty playa of the Owen’s dry lakebed. Her vision was to make a film of the landscape out of the landscape. Using handmade pinhole cameras, and a developer formulated from the dust of the lakebed the group successfully produced a short 16mm […]

Marcela Paniak in Arles


The selection presented in Arles will feature works from various series including, ‘Elysium’ 2013.These works are carte-de-visite scanned photographs adorned with dried flowers. Elysian Fields is a mythological place where blessed souls of the dead stay. They are surrounded by invisible lira music, poplars and asphodels (flowers which symbolize death, grief, melancholy, eternity).Marcela Paniak Prints by […]

Halil, A cloud of black smoke


Photographs from Turkey 1968-1972I received these photographs on the 30th anniversary of the 68-movement in Turkey. The photographs were hidden and saved by the members of the 68-movement. They were taken in several neighborhoods of Istanbul, Tokat, Niksar and Kzldere and in many other places all around Turkey. Some of them are from the massacre […]

Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh & Rozenn Quéré, Possible and imaginary lives


This is the story of four strong and feisty woman, exiled to the four corners of the globe, four Palestinian-Lebanese sisters who traversed the 20th century. It is a story somewhere between documentary and fiction, biography and drama, based on family photographs and taped interviews—a narrative of both actual and imagined events.It is a reflection […]

Martin Becka, Dubai Transmutations


With these photo series, Martin Becka interrogates us about our sense of how we organise the present and about our hopes for the future. Using photographic processes that date from the invention of photography, he disorients the beholder by setting up an illusion of ‘collapsed time’. Dubai, for example, paradise of globalisation, with its monumental […]