Edition 2023

Jacques Léonard

The Nomad Spirit

The museum is happy to exhibit, in partnership with the Fondation Photographic Social Vision of Barcelona and thanks to the generosity of the Jacques Léonard Archives, a selection of over 150 images by Jacques Léonard.

His photographs, highly humanist in tendency, record urban life: streets, markets, festivals, amusement parks, sports, fairs, port and waterfront marked by the development of tourism…

His marriage with Rosario Amaya, a Roma woman from the Montjuïc neighborhood, opened the doors of her community. Looking at her with the eyes of a family member, his images form one of the most important collections dealing with Roma culture.

The exhibition will also highlight two exceptional series: Escapees [Évadés], 1943, captures the passage through Spain of French people fleeing fascism to embark for Africa; The Blue Division [La División Azul], 1954, documents the return to Spain of the survivors of the División Azul, 45,000 men sent by Franco to support the Nazi army’s invasion of Russia.

Curators: Daniel Rouvier and Maria Planas.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture