Recontres d’Arles 2017

Cafe des Forges

Oh beautiful Arles, how I love you! A belated mini-post about my visit in July to Les Recontres D’Arles 2017, the epic photography festival that runs until 24 September in what is undoubtedly one of the most striking regions of France. Mr Hope and I were there to enjoy the opening celebrations and managed to see a fair few shows. Below are my top three picks…
1. IRAN: YEAR 38, 66 IRANIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS – A diverse mix of images portraying Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, shown in the beautiful Église Sainte-Anne.IRAN: YEAR 38 66 IRANIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS IRAN: YEAR 38 66 IRANIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS IRAN: YEAR 38 66 IRANIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS IRAN: YEAR 38 66 IRANIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS IRAN: YEAR 38 66 IRANIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS IRAN: YEAR 38 66 IRANIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS 2. SAMUEL GRATACAP, FIFTY-FIFTY – Quite possibly my favourite show, Fifty-Fifty by Samuel Gratacap is the culmination of two years work following the fate of migrants in Libya. 

SAMUEL GRATACAP, FIFTY-FIFTY

3. ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, THE EARLY YEARS, 1970–1983: ARCHIVE PROJECT #1 – Not strictly part of the Recontres, more an associated project (eg entry to the exhibition isn’t included in your festival pass) but magnificent none the less. The Early Years documents Leibovitz’s progression as a photograph through some 5,000 hand picked images ranging from the volatile political landscape to the ever expanding counter-culture of the era. Its worth noting the LUMA Foundation, has acquired her extensive archive and that this show is part of LUMA’s Living Archive Program. INFO: GRANDE HALLE, 27 MAY – 24 SEPTEMBER, 10H00 – 19H30, 3 EUROS for festival pass holders, 7 EUROS if purchased individually. Grande Halle, Parc des Ateliers Grande Halle, Parc des Ateliers Annie Leibovitz The Early Years: 1970 - 1983. Archive Project #1 Annie Leibovitz The Early Years: 1970 - 1983. Archive Project #1 Annie Leibovitz The Early Years: 1970 - 1983. Archive Project #1Annie Leibovitz The Early Years: 1970 - 1983. Archive Project #1INFO: The ticketing options are many and varied and nearly always cheaper if you book online. A Day Pass is definitely the best option if you’re planning on spending 24 hours there, if not, shows are priced individually. Les Recontres runs until 24 September.

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