40 years of Rencontres in Arles France
40 years of Ruptures
Opening Week : July 7 th -12 th
Exhibitions until September 13th 2009
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Les Rencontres d’Arles festival of photography and my third summer visit. Next year – I hope to arrange for several students to come as well!
For four decades, this festival has helped to define the best and brightest in photography — and it has generated quite a bit of controversy along the way, often featuring the work of iconoclasts, renegades, and troublemakers, some of whom are regarded as superstars today.
So, there is a good deal of heightened anticipation about what we will discover from this year’s guest curator, New York photo legend Nan Goldin. Let’s hope it’s edgy and controversial, really fresh and new — and surprisingly good.