Edition 2014

War Memorials

If churches were the only building common to all French municipalities since the Middle Ages, the work of memory which are the monuments to the dead of 1914-1918, erected after The Great War which devastated France, have become an indelible scar in the heart of all the nation’s towns. The Rencontres d’Arles, Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre Mondiale and Université de Lille III have decided to establish the first photographic inventory of all the French monuments to the dead for an exhibition and book. The aim is to show the vast scale of the massacre through these monuments. Famous photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon, the author of numerous films and books about French society, accepted to be the patron of this operation, by establishing a photography style guide that would enable everyone to participate, no matter their level of expertise. All 36,000 municipalities were invited to participate.

Exhibition produced by The Rencontres d'Arles in collaboration with La Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre Mondiale, the support of the Fondation d'Entreprise Carac and the Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion (IRHiS), UMR CNRS 8529, Université de Lille 3, under the guidance of Raymond Depardon.
Produced by François Girard and Olivier Koechlin.
Sound environment: Jean-Jacques Birgé.
Executive producer: Coïncidence.
Exhibition venue: Église de Frères Prêcheurs.

  • 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