Rencontres 2017

My legs making an impression at Rencontres 2016

The 48th Rencontres d’Arles has opened today.

The 2017 annual photography festival runs from 3 July to 24 September, and brings 40 exhibitions to this beautiful city, with a few in neighbouring towns.  The displays take place all across Arles, in some of its fantastic buildings, and the contents will take us around the world. A few words from the Director, Sam Sturdzé gives an idea of this year’s content:  “trajectory emerges that will lead you from Latin America to Iran, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the Syrian border, from Château Davignon to the trailers of Arles. You’ll go on a snorkeling tour of flooded lands; you’ll go by train across the vast Russian landscape; you’ll pick up the pieces of Lenin in Ukraine; you’ll reflect on Monsanto; you’ll follow the life of a Romani family for twenty years…”

Tickets for the whole exhibition (one entry per venue any time in the full period) costs €36 if bought online.  Pop over to their website to find out more.  In addition, L’Oeil de la Photographie will be taking a close look at the exhibitions and associated events this week.

In the meantime, here’s a quick glimpse of my wanderings around Arles and the Rencontres last year.

I’ll be there again in late August for a workshop and I”ll be sure to show you some fresh views after that.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 3 July 2017


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