Rencontre d'Arles

Various Venues

The Rencontres d’Arles was the first—and for many years the foremost—of the international photography festivals. Since its founding in 1970, the annual exhibition has had its ups, downs, and periodic reshufflings, accelerated in recent years by the photography boom in the arts, the market, and the media. Three years ago, newly appointed director François Hébel promised a “change in scale”: more exhibits, more events, more prizes, more private sponsors—and more photographer participation. For this thirty-fifth anniversary, Hébel went a step further, inviting photographer Martin Parr, a longtime friend and collaborator from Magnum Photos, to guest curate the bulk of the official program.

Parr’s curatorial choice, not unrelated to his “conceptual documentary” stance, emerges quite clearly in the catalogue, where he flags “the ability of photography to catalogue objects, places and people.”

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