International Photography Festival: Les Rencontres d’Arles
Opening week 2nd July – 8th July…….Festival runs from 2nd July – 23rd September 2012
The celebrated International Photography Festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles, perhaps the most important annual photographic event in the world, has for the last four decades been one of the greatest celebrations of photography featuring the finest in the world of photography: the finest work, venues, events, talks, people, and celebration of the art. Arles has been an essential stop for any photography professional particularly during the festival. This year the 43rd Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival opening week is 2nd -8th of July 2012 and the rest of the festival runs until the 23rd of September 2012 featuring over 60 photographic exhibitions and numerous other events installed in various exceptional heritage sites of Arles. Les Rencontres d’Arles has very much an international following attracting prominent collectors, curators, gallerists, artists, publishers and photography enthusiasts from around the world. In 2011 attendees were estimated at 84,000, including over 5,000 journalists.
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- The opening week of the festival 2nd – 8th of July 2012 features exhibition openings, screenings, portfolio reviews, workshops and conferences in the city and in the Parc des Ateliers.
- During this first week the day closes with an official screening in the Roman Theatre, just opposite Galerie Huit.
- After the first week the exhibitions remain open in the city and in the Parc des Ateliers until the 23rd of September
Over the years Arles has played host to many of the most significant figures in photography. Ansel Adams, Brassai, André Kertesz, Martin Parr and most recently Nan Goldin have all graced the programme, which comprises exhibitions examining contemporary photographic practice and emerging markets.
The festival programme is directed by François Hebel. Click here to see the video interview with François Hebel.
Each new edition of the festival brings a striking ensemble of complex, challenging works to the city, a mosaic of singular artistic viewpoints, each of which enriches our cultural and contemporary history.
Les Rencontres d’Arles
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