Rencontres d´Arles 2018

As in the summer of 2018, the international photography festival Rencontes d'Arles in Arles in the south of France will take place for over 40 years. I participated in the opening week in July. Despite the intense heat in the Provence, the festival is an Eldorado for photo art lovers and at the same time a meet & greet of the photo scene. Unlike the commercial mega exhibition "Paris Photo", which takes place regularly in November, Arles seems a little less commercial and a bit more adventurous. In addition, there are more artists to discover that are not yet established. In addition to young artists, many established photographers have been exhibited, e.g. Robert Frank, Raymond Depardon, René Burri, William Wegman, and Todd Hido. From Todd Hido, I also visited the Artist Talk, about which I report separately.

In addition to the main festival Rencontres there was the side festival "Voies Off", which complemented the Rencontres with exhibitions of young artists. And there was a third side effect again in Arles: artists who individually rent a room on the ground floor or a piece of wall in a shop and thus show their pictures outside the formal organization of the festivals. In addition, private galleries, which also exhibit at the same time. If all these possibilities are not open, artists were  able to present photos on facades or clotheslines in the city, which happened frequently. Many paths lead the picture to the viewer.

Here are some photographic notes from the opening week in Arles.

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