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The Rencontres d'Arles, or the must-see event for amateurs and professionals of photography, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary this year. The Rencontres d'Arles is the gathering of 1,782 artists (not counting collective exhibitions), and the discovery of 1,234 exhibitions during the past half-century: every summer for 50 years.

For this very special occasion, Sam Stourdzé, the director of the Rencontres d'Arles, wanted to celebrate this art in all its forms by honoring various styles and photographic trends and reviving 50 years of festival. He also projects himself into the future in search of the talents of tomorrow. A way for all amateurs and professionals of photography to discover or rediscover the 8th art.

For its 50 years of exhibitions, the Roman city of the South of France gathered 50 exhibitions, 15 more than the other years, and 255 artists. The opportunity to come back on the highlights of this anniversary edition of an incredible richness.


The Anonymous Project - The House



The Anonymous Project collects colour slides from the 40s to the 80s, taken by amateurs from all over the world. Lee Shulman's vintage exhibition introduces us to memories of immortalized family highlights and the changes in the life of post-war society.


Home Sweet Home



Home Sweet Home is the result of the gathering of 34 artists, all generations, from the 70's to the present day. They interfere in the intimacy and everyday life of British homes. The exhibition offers an explosive journey that illuminates from a different angle the social, cultural and political realities of British society from the inside.


Louis Roederer Discovery Prize - Laure Tiberghien and Màté Bartha, ex-aequo winners

For the third year in a row, the Louis Roederer Foundation is supporting the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles. Exceptionally, the foundation has rewarded two laureates, Laure Tiberghien and Màté Bartha, selected from ten projects.



Hungarian Màté Bartha and his Kontakt series, performed in a military camp for 10 to 18 year olds, a shock selection in which youthful grace and the war anthem intertwine. 

The French woman Laure Tiberghien and her exhibition of abstract images, reminiscent of paintings by Mark Rothko.


Photo/Brut - Collection Bruno Decharme & Companie



For the first time in France, an exhibition presented at the Rencontres d'Arles brings together "raw" photography. Photo / brut is 300 images of autodidact authors, some with mental disabilities, others homeless or marginal.


Women in Motion or the promotion of gender equality in the art world


Last year, an open letter was sent to the director of Les Rencontres asking for more space for women photographers. This year it's done with more than a quarter of female exhibitors. It is not yet a parity, but we counted about fifteen women's exhibitions, against 3 last year.




 For its first edition in Arles, the Women In Motion Award celebrates the career of Susan Meiselas. The American documentary photographer is now one of the few women members of Magnum Photo. This award is the crowning achievement of a life's work as close as possible to conflict but also to celebrate women photographers.

This year, Susan Meiselas is exhibiting a series of stripper portraits in the deep America of the 1970s.


Data zone



Through the camera of the photographer reporter, Philippe Chancel, we discover the most tangible signs of disasters on the margins of the world, from the destruction of the environment in Nairobi to the social divides in Marseille.


Data Zone recounts destruction, reveal the limits of humanity, in a catastrophe aroused by men.


Talking about yesterday, today and tomorrow, relentlessly exploring photography is the program delivered by the Encounters of Arles for this fiftieth anniversary. Photography is the medium best placed to tell the story of the world we live in. It can help us decipher trends, understand what's going on or have a good time discovering what we're not used to seeing.