Les Rencontres de la Photographie 2017 / A meeting of perspectives

As an observatory for photographic creativity and technique, Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles has over the years become an unmissable event for lovers of the eighth art. As a little taster, here are a couple of artists featured in this 48th edition.

“The more we think about countries that are closed off, downtrodden and plunged deep into political and economic crises, the more present photographers are. They reveal, narrate, witness, invent, repair and reconstruct using their own language, that of pictures. They decode the warning signs of societies undergoing profound change…”, writes Sam Stourdzé, artistic director of the festival.

True to its history, the 48th festival of Rencontres d’Arles opens the photographic floor to a multitude of different viewpoints. A reflection of this approach is the choice of a photograph by Karlheinz Weinberger as the festival’s poster. Weinberger, the Swiss photographer who died in 2006, remains relatively unknown to the wider public. This new spotlight will bring his work out of the darkroom, especially his raw avant-garde snapshots of the Swiss youth revolt in the ‘60s.

Les Rencontres d’Arles (previously know as Rencontres internationales de la photographie d’Arles) was founded in 1970 by the Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette. Through the originality and the eclecticism of its selection, the festival earned a top-class reputation. Guided by insatiable curiosity, Les Rencontres has helped numerous photographers win over their audience and, in equal measure, has brought to light new photographic perspectives for spectators.
Classic compositions, baroque, delicate or lyrical, there are no boundaries to ring-fence a festival that has become one of the most important in the world.

From the 3rd-24th September, this Provençal town transforms into a modern-day confluence of visual creativity. Connect with the Rencontres through 40 exhibitions set within a gentille old city dating back over 2500 years.


Translation : Paul MCKeen

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