At the Rencontres d'Arles, France's leading summer art photography and photo-journalism festival, there's something for everybody: numerous exhibitions in a setting of 12th-century churches and former industrial buildings, with other events using the southern French town's Roman heritage. Most of the exhibitions are produced by the Rencontres and many of them go on to travel to other parts of the world.
For its 44th edition, the ‘luminous city’ will dress in black and white. Arles in Black is the theme chosen to better explore the gaze brought to bear on black and white photography in the era of digital technology and when colour reigns.
Opening week at the Rencontres d’Arles involves photography events (e.g. evening screenings, exhibition visits, discussions, symposiums, and book signings) in historic parts of the city, some of which are open especially for the occasion.
The open-air evening screenings at the Théâtre Antique in Arles present the work of a photographer or photography specialist accompanied by concerts or performances. Each screening is a one-off creation.
Regional issues are the subject of a special commission to twelve photographers from the Rencontres and the Market Photo Workshop (created by David Goldblatt), in conjunction with the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013, to photograph social traces in the South African landscape.
Rencontres d'Arles 2013