The 46th edition of the Rencontres d’Arles opened today!

This edition, dedicated to lucien clerque (1934-2014), one of its founding fathers who passed away last November, is marked by the arrival of the new director, Sam Stourdze, successor to Francois Hebel, chosen to develop the festival to encompass all forms of photography and images.The director and Aurelien Valette, its communication director, sparked passionate debate about a new strong visual identity.

“We opted for a simple, radical gesture: a turn around, a 180-degree rotation that changes the physics of the image, catches our eye, alters our perception and attracts our attention beyond what is seen.”

The festival will occupy most of the exhibition spaces in the Parc des Ateliers, including the magnificently renovated Grande Halle and les Forges. “Hybridisation, contamination, confrontation, friction … photography reinvents itself through contact at the intersection of disciplines and movements. Photography itself is a meeting ground for transdisciplinary dialogues that restore its vigour. It continues to surprise us today with its ability to address issues – not solely artistic, but also social, cultural, and historical… A place of exchange with artists, between professionals, and especially with the public, the festival maps the whole terrain of photography” as the director Sam Stourdze said.

We suggest to see the exhibition of two most influential american photographer, Anonymous by Walker Evans (Musée Departemental Arles Antques, from 6 july to 6 september) and Stephen Shore (Espace Van Gogh, from 6 july to 20 september).
Many of Evans’s individual images have become landmarks in both the history of photography and the social history of that era. Anonymous, curated by David Campany, Jean-Paul Deridder, Sam Stourdze and coproduced by A Stichting Foundation, presents original magazine pages alongside vintage prints and related material, looking at Evans as a pioneer of modern photography, editing, writing and design.

Don’t miss to take a look at RESONANCES, focusing on photography in dialogue with architecture, music and cinema. Photography is everywhere, even where you least expect it! In Parc des Ateliers you’ll find Learning from Las Vegas, a very interesting visual discourse developed during Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s 1968 research. Always in Parc des Ateliers we suggest to see also Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin exhibition!

Instead in Eglise Sainte-Anne from 6 July to 30 August you’ll find the big Daido Moriyama and Eikoh Hosoe, presented among others japanese photographers. Will be Over 200 prints, both vintage and contemporary, which for the most part have never previously been seen in Europe.

Every year since 2002, each of the five nominators invited by the Rencontres d’Arles has nominated two photographers, who exhibit their work in a solo show at the Parc des Ateliers. During this opening week (6-12 July) professionals choose the winner, who receives the €25,000 award. The five nominators of the 2015 Discovery Award are: Krzysztof Candrowicz, director of the Photofestival in Lodz, Poland and artistic director of the Triennial of Photography, Hamburg; Louise Clements, co-founder of the FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby, United Kingdom; Fannie Escoulen, independent exhibition curator; Claire Jacquet, director of the FRAC Aquitaine; Francesco Zanot, curator of Camera Turin.

Artists presented by italian Francesco Zanot are PAOLA PASQUARETTA (paola-pasauaretta ) (1987, ltaly) and THE COOL COUPLE, Niccolò Benetton (1986, ltaly) and Simone Santilli (1987, Italy).

This year the Rencontres d’Arles launched a new satellite event: ARLES BOOKS which will TAKE

There are three events dedicated to new publishing practices: Cosmos-Arles Books, The 2015 Book Awards, which honours the best work on photography published between 1 June 2014 and 31 May 2015, and Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2015, a prize to underwrite the publication of a book, opened to any new photographer or artist.

A rich opening week will wait for you! Check it out the program here 

And don’t miss the Nuits de la photographie with Martin Parr and others! (7-11 july)
Check it out the program here 

Rencontres d’Arles 2015
6 july – 20 september

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About the Author

Eleonora Milner was born and lives in Venice, Italy. She is a writer and a photographer primarily interested in participatory art and in photography projects focusing on contemporary urban landscapes. She has been awarded with a BA in DAMS Visual Arts in Bologna, Italy and a MA in ISIA, Cultural Heritage Photography in Urbino, Italy. Is currently the Art and Culture editor at Positive Magazine

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