I n the past, the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival has worked best when it has been steered by a high-profile guest curator. In Martin Parr's wide-ranging and democratic vision underpinned a programme that was both mischievous and thought-provoking, while in Nan Goldin created a series of shows, talks and late-night screenings that reflected her hard-hitting, confessional style. In the centre of town, the biggest and most well-attended show is a historical one: Gypsies by Josef Koudelka. The book of the same name, first published in France in by Robert Delpire, is one of the defining photobooks of the 20th century, and was reissued last year in an expanded edition with more than 30 previously unseen images.
Les Rencontres Arles Photographie 2012
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In , there were visitors to the festival. The exhibitions, often co-produced with both French and foreign museums and institutions, are given on various heritage sites, suitably stage-designed for the purpose. Some sites for example, 12th century chapels or 19th century industrial buildings are open to the public only for the duration of the festival. For its depth and reach the programme draws on the points of view of numerous specialists — around twenty each year — from different fields. Sometimes part of the programming is entrusted to an artist, examples including Martin Parr in , Raymond Depardon in , Arles-born couturier Christian Lacroix in and Nan Goldin in It sees itself as the melting pot of contemporary creation. Thanks to a programming policy that almost entirely favours unpublished works, the Rencontres has become the benchmark international photography festival.
Les Rencontres De Arles 2012
In , the festival welcomed 93, visitors. The specially designed exhibitions, often organised in collaboration with French and foreign museums and institutions, take place in various historic sites. Some venues, such as 12th-century chapels or 19th-century industrial buildings, are open to the public throughout the festival. Memorable events in recent years include Europe Night , an overview of European photography; Christian Lacroix's fashion show for the festival's closing ; and Patti Smith's concert for the Vu agency's 20th anniversary
This gave him the opportunity, in just three years, to produce two first books highly noticed by the critics and amateurs, Horsehead Nebula first with images from former Soviet republics , then Tidal Horizon, which brews images taken during an artist residency in Norway. Essentially using photography but without exclusivity, he's contributing to a growing number of editorial projects. Allusive and contemplative, at once enigmatic and poetic, his malleable universe is readily available in sophisticated scenography — the work presentation to enrich the scope meaning as much for him as the creation of the images themselves.