Arles 2018: Les Rencontres de la Photographie

22 May 2018

Competitions, Exhibitions, Photo Festival

Open: 2nd July-23rd September 2018

 “Arles wouldn’t be Arles without photography. Neither would it be Arles without the Rencontres, which has brought the city, and region, to life each year since 1970, and brings photographers and photography-lovers from around the world together.” Françoise Nyssen, French Minister of Culture

125,000 attended the photo festival in 2017. Some of the activities visitors this year can enjoy include: photography workshops, film screenings, a photography auction, exhibitions (around 30 in total), exhibition tours and book signings. There are also activities for younger visitors.

Portfolio reviews:
In 2017, 130 international experts met 300 photographers from 26 countries. The experts vote for their favourite portfolio with the winning photographers work shown the following year.  2017’s Photo Folio Review winner was Aurore Valade.

Highlights:
2018 highlights include a new venue, the Carre d’Art library in Nimes, which will feature an exhibition by Wolfgang Tillmans, specifically designed for the museum’s space, including some of his recent work.

Online ticket sales: www.rencontres‑arles.com


Cosmos Arles Books from the 2nd-7th July 2018: 
This satellite event focuses on contemporary practices in photography publication. Every year the event attracts over 80 international publishers offering a selection of new publications, rare books, and limited editions www.cosmosarlesbooks.com.

The 2018 Book Awards features three categories each with a €6,000 prize: Authors’ Books Award, Historical Books Award and Photo Text Books Award. There is also the Dummy Book Award, this prize, with a production budget of €25,000, is open to any new photographer or artist using photography, submitting a previously unpublished dummy book. Special attention is paid to experimental and innovative publication forms.


Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival; The Recontres D’Arles in China – 23rd November 2018-3rd January 2019
For the fourth consecutive year, the Rencontres d’Arles will go to Xiamen in southern China. The third festival, attracted over 60,000 visitors to 40 exhibitions, including eight from Arles. The festival features China’s first women’s photography award www.jimeiarles.com.


Picture copyright: Aurore Valade, The Addictatorship (Drink and Let Live) Asté, Pyrénées, France, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.