last week I wrote an article for you about Dronestagram. Actually I wanted to take a closer look at drone aerial photography in this blog article. This is a very interesting and diversified modern field in photography, even from a legal point of view, and there are many unknown aspects about it. However, while browsing the internet I came across something else, which is why we’ll both still have to wait a bit for my article on drone aerial photography. Since this is the perfect time now for traveling, I have a very special tip for all those who don’t have any plan yet about where to go and for all travelers who will decide spontaneously: Arles.
In Arles, France, a photo festival takes place from July 4 to September 25, 2016, that is a little different and one of the most important festivals in the world – “Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles”. Its colorful, summerlike, bizarre looking upside-down photographs on the posters already make you curious and motivate you to go there and explore it on your own. You’ll be looking in vain for boredom and tiresome exhibitions, even though the festival has already existed since 1969. The highlight of the festival weeks is the “Rencontres d’Arles Award”.
In the historic buildings of this town and its surroundings, as for example in the Church Sainte Anne, about 40 exhibitions of known and renowned photographers are presented, their subjects ranging from documentary to fashion photography. Sam Stourdzé, artistic director of the festival, explains, “Photography tells the world in many different voices – here in Arles you can walk from one subject to another. Our visitors can enter twenty different locations spread all over the town.”
An exhibition that sounds very exciting is the one by 80-year-old master photographer Don McCullin, one of the most important war photographers of the past century. At the festival his best works are being presented – more than those he created during the war. The festival’s organizers display this subject in the showcases of the exhibition rooms while they show newspapers with relevant cover stories.
Besides the ordinary exhibitions there are also some nice additional program highlights on the festival plan, as for example an event in Arles’ antique theater where singer PJ Harvey performs her poems with photographic projections by Seamus Murphy. Part of the singer’s program is also dedicated to McCullin.
I hope I was able to inspire you for the festival with these little appetizers and arouse your wanderlust. Summer in France, by the way, is really wonderful… The tickets for the different exhibitions are affordable and for all those of you who’d like to take their impressions back home or who’d like to get better insights into the festival from home there’s a thick edition on the festival that can also be ordered online.