Once a boarder at the villa Medicis, on 1 October 2014 Sam Stourdzé became director of the Rencontres d’Arles. Previously he was director of the musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne and, from 2010 through 2014, editor in chief of ELSE magazine. A specialist in images, he researches the contexts of their production, distribution, and reception.For years he has studied the mechanismsat work in the circulation of images, withthe relationships between photography,art, and film as his preferred field. He has been curator or co-curator of numerous exhibitions and published several works, including Le Cliché-Verre de Corot à Man Ray; the Dorothea Lange and Tina Modotti retrospectives; Chaplin et les images; Fellini, la grande parade; and, most recently, Derrière le rideau: L’esthétique Photomaton and Paparazzi! Photographes, stars et artistes.