Preview: Photo Festival Arles, France

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on July 12, 2010 at 9:47 am


Now through September 19, the Les Rencontres D’Arles photography festival is on for the 41st edition.

With a multi-track set of exhibits covering from “rock to prisons”, this is one of the more creative events this year.

The Rencontres d’Arles 2010 feature six trails: through Argentina, rock music, and traditional film photography;
with the friends of the LUMA Foundation; one about changes and changeovers; and a sixth on French prisons.
This 41st edition enjoys the expertise of twenty curators-heads of leading international institutions, artistic
directors, and collectors. Each trail begins with a guest of honour or an emblematic show.

Earlier this year, Francis Hodgson of the Financial Times had these comments on the festival:

For my money, the most agreeable of the summer festivals remains the Rencontres d’Arles. It takes a thematic approach and is organised with a good balance between local, national and international talent. Arles, the capital of the Camargue, France’s salty flood-plain towards the mouth of the Rhône, is a delightful destination, and a few days in the heady atmosphere of the Rencontres are pleasant. The cafés in the Place du Forum (the main square) lay long trestles where hopeful photographers waylay anybody they think might help to review their portfolios. Photographers tend to think of themselves as isolated. After a week at Arles, they feel part of a thriving lively community, and so will you.

For more information: Arles Festival

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