The Rencontres d'Arles' policy of programming almost exclusively new work has earned it a world-wide reputation. 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. Many photographers have been discovered as a result of the Rencontres; a sure sign of the festival's importance as a springboard for photographic and contemporary creative talent. For its depth and reach the programme draws on the points of view of numerous specialists, around twenty each year, from different fields.
Rencontres Photo Arles 2009
Arles / 40è Rencontres Photographie
Funny, incongruous, vibrant and resolutely human, these scenes, put next to one another make up her pictorial oeuvre: a genuine witnessing of the urban effervescence before people had television sets. While she was teaching art to children in the mids, she plunged herself into photographing life on the streets, intrigued by the scribbles they drew on the ground using chalk. The children and her imagination would become the prisoners of her Leica 35mm. Back then, New York would suffocate during the summer months. Everyone escaped their buildings looking for refreshment. This summer emulation fuelled her interest for urban photography. Emotion remains the cornerstone of her work: a melting pot where poverty is blatantly obvious.
T his year the Rencontres de la Photographie celebrates its half-century. A must-see summer event in the south of France for art and photography lovers. The Artskop editorial team presents its must-see selection of exhibitions. This group exhibition addresses one of the most controversial contemporary topics, that is, immigration within the European context.
Now in its 48th year the veteran photography festival is in better shape than ever. You can walk through the French sunshine to more than 20 exhibitions, hear a talk, meet the snappers and shop on the fringe. It's not just a show; it's a holiday, reaching out to the world, this year notably, to the photographers of Colombia and Iran. Their images give an unmediated view of their lives and troubles - Colombian women staring down the camera "like men"; sad pictures of remembrance from Iran pictured right: Shadi Ghadirian, Qajar ,