For fifty years, the Rencontres festival has turned Arles into a world capital of photography. An unmissable event for image enthusiasts, it is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with no fewer than fifty exhibitions, on view until late September. Discussions at a pub, emotions sparked by a unique show, fascination exerted by a single photograph: here is the story of our week in Arles. A series of short narratives makes the audience laugh or sends a shiver down their spines. A journalist has just described how he infiltrated North Korea posing as a Belgian entrepreneur and chocolate producer.
Disclaimer : Due to COVID concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates view the "External Resources" section below. Back in photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier, and a historian named Jean-Maurice Rouquette joined efforts and founded an international photography festival, the Rencontres d'Arles. The festival gained notoriety for programming only new and unpublished work and being a springboard for young and untalented artists. Usually, Rencontres is produced together with both French and foreign museums and galleries, and a part of the programming is often assigned to artists and specialists from different fields and international professionals.