2007 Arles Approaches!

The Rencontres d’Arles opens on July 3 with Festival theme “Surprises For The Senses.” The Rencontres 2007 edition features work from China and India, while continuing to introduce international programmes reflecting contemporary trends in photography.

New Awards line-up:
The Discovery Award goes to a photographer who has recently achieved recognition or who deserves to do so, from a shortlist of 15 artists proposed by a prestigious panel of experts: Bice Curiger, Alain Fleischer, Johan Sjostrom, Thomas Weski and Anne Wilkes Tucker. As for the Book Award, the forms can be downloaded from the website.

In 2007 the Rencontres travel to Asia, while continuing to embrace a diversity of gazes and reflect the most contemporary trends in photography.

Dashanzi Art District
Arles is playing host to Dashanzi, the artists’ quarter of Beijing, and letting festival-goers discover a platform of creative activity and exhibitions that is open to all – an artistic adventure like no other, which explores the urban and social changes China is experiencing in the 21st century.

The India programme offers a complete panorama of contemporary Indian photography, notably featuring a Raghu Rai retrospective and a selection of artists from the new generation. The Alkazi Foundation will unveil its fascinating collection of albums of maharajahs and of painted photos.

The Rencontres also provide the chance to savour the treasures of private collections, with intimate Polaroid shots of the greatest jazz musicians by Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a jazz patron whose archives are being opened up for the first time, and with the tremendous vernacular collection of art director Eric Kessels.

Tributes & institutions
Tribute is paid to the Magnum agency, which celebrates its 60th birthday with a major retrospective of work by its 80 photographers, and to PHotoEspana through the oeuvre of Alberto Garcia-Alix, who captured the movida in pictures. The Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie will show work by its award-winners since 1996. And for the 60th birthday of Camera Press, the London agency looks back on more than 80 years – spanning over half the history of photography – of official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. Among a host of exhibitions is “Madam President”, commissioned from 50 photographers who were asked to imagine how the official portrait of the President of France might look if it were a woman…

Exhibitions, evenings at the Theatre Antique, screenings, lectures, a seminar, training courses abound:

From 3 to 8 July 2007, the opening week of the Rencontres gathers the programme participants in a festive atmosphere for daily events including the exceptional show “Lou Reed’s Berlin”, a stroll through the image-scaped streets of Arles with the “Night of the Year”, portfolio readings, and more.

Introductory and more advanced photography courses will run throughout the summer, and in September the “Back to School in Images” initiative will enable 6,500 pupils and their teachers to visit the festival exhibitions.


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