ARLES 2017


The more we think a country closed, stuck in political and economic crises, the more we find photographers there. They reveal, describe, demonstrate, invent, repair, build, in their own language, that of the image. They decipher the preliminary signs of societies in upheaval.


Latin America as a land of photography, with Colombia as its focus.

The experience of territory

When new towns, urban renewal and even accidents nurture a poetry of territory and the culture of landscape.

World disorders

Political upheavals, climate chaos, environmental and social struggles, etc. What kind of future are we dreaming of?

Platforms of the Visible

Observatory of documentary photography, a changing practice.

I am writing to you from a far-off country

Spotlight on a part of the world, like a photographic correspondence.

Mise en scène

From plunging into one’s own image to the exhibition venue itself, everything becomes a pretext for staging.


Photography seen differently, from a re-reading of Surrealism to Jean Dubuffet’s uses of photography.

Odd collectors

Free and passionate, some collectors set their sights on unusual items, raising the question of the vernacular.


The Rencontres d'Arles are updating the Discovery Award by teaming up with galleries, often the first to spot tomorrow’s talents. They were asked to propose shows by artists they promote and whose work has been recently discovered by an international audience or deserves to be. During opening week, professionals will bestow the New Discovery Award to one of the ten shortlisted submissions.


A trailblazing festival that seeks tomorrow’s talents.

Arles Books

The photography book in all its forms.

Associated program

Places and institutions in Arles that promote photography and participate in the festival’s program.

Grand Arles Express

The wind of photography blows through the Great South
  • 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