Opening week July 1st – 7, 2019
Exhibitions and Workshops July 1st – Sept. 22nd, 2019
LES RENCONTRES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
This summer, the Rencontres d’Arles will celebrate its 50th edition in style. New cities and institutions will be joining the celebration through the rich program of the Grand Arles Express. Let us bid them welcome, from Port de Bouc (No Fish No Future, Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard), Cavaillon (The Luberon of Willy Ronis), Marseille (two exhibitions at the Friche La Belle de Mai and one at the Centre photographique de Marseille), Toulon (Musée de la Marine) and Nïmes (Musée du Vieux Nîmes). Many thanks to Frac Paca, the Mucem, Carré d’Art de Nîmes, the Hôtel des Arts de Toulon, and the Collection Lambert in Avignon, who remain by our side to proudly represent photography.
This 50-year anniversary is also an opportunity for us to look back on our story, our archives and collections. For the past two years, we have made an inventory of our photographic and audiovisual archives, of which close to 300,000 have already been listed. This meticulous process allowed us to update our exceptional collection of 3,300 photographs, which have been indexed and digitized. The collection, kept at the Musée Réattu, will be shared online this summer, extending a task that has been close to our heart since the very beginning: to promote the work of the photographers we have defended and who put their trust in us.
The Rencontres d’Arles also and especially embodies 50 years of a wonderful human adventure, undertaken by Lucien Clergue, Jean-Maurice Rouquette and Michel Tournier, a festival created by photographers, for photographers. To this day, it remains a growing story of friendship and passion, serving photographers. Hubert Védrine, Président des Rencontres d’Arles