Arles, France

Rencontres d’Arles

Various Venues

Notwithstanding the proverb, French photographer-filmmaker Raymond Depardon is a prophet in his own country. Among the awards he has accumulated are the Grand Prix National de la Photographie and two Césars for his documentary films, not to mention the Order of Agricultural Merit. If one of the rare honors missing from his CV is an exhibition at the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival, this is not for any lack of opportunities but because, as he puts it, “I’m someone who’s more passionate about books than exhibits.” Or at least until this year, when Depardon received the offer he couldn’t refuse: to serve as guest curator of the venerable festival’s thirty-seventh edition. While this curatorial debut did not include his own work, the ambitious program he put together—thirty-seven exhibits, plus three evening events—turned out to be a remarkable self-portrait in the third-person

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