Xerjoff Magazine

Arles: Capital of Photography


With about 30 scheduled exhibitions, Les Rencontres de la photographie of Arles offer the best of international photography, between homages to great masters and “scouting” of young emerging photographers

Like every year, in summer all photography lovers gather in Arles. Indeed, this charming old town of Southern France has been hosting Les Rencontres de la photography for over 50 years, an event that during this period has hosted exhibitions of well-known photographers as well as of emerging ones who over the years have shown all their talent becoming famous and internationally recognized.

Also in this (49th) edition the festival is full of interesting events and exhibitions. Starting from the monographic exhibition dedicated to the great Swiss photographer Robert Frank, accompanied by the documentary “Don’t Blink – Robert Frank” by Laura Israel. The exhibition on Raymond Depardon, “Depardon Usa, 1968-1999”, that for the first time puts together photos taken in the U.S.A., some of which unpublished, is also very interesting. For fashion enthusiasts, “Les Inachevés — Lee McQueen” includes photos by Ann Ray dedicated to the lamented enfant terrible of fashion, Alexander McQueen.“Être humain” of the famous U.S. photographer William Wegman is also worth visiting: it portrays Weimaraner dogs, a constant of his work, and wonders about the meaning of being human.

Finally, great attention is devoted to emerging photographers in the section Èmergences, all focused on the work of young artists such as Sinzo Aanza, Christto & Andrew, Anne Golaz, Chandan Gomes, Thomas Hauser, Wiktoria Wojciechowska, etc. Les Rencontres de la photographie includes this year about 30 exhibitions taking place in different areas of the city until September 23rd.

For more details on the scheduled exhibitions and their location please visit the official website of the event: www.rencontres-arles.com

Above: The Potemkine Village – Gregor Sailer, Carson City VI / Vårgårda, Sweden, 2016, Courtesy Gregor Sailer