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Past editions

The Rencontres d’Arles, which has been holding some forty photo exhibitions around town every summer for nearly fifty years now, has established itself as an observatory of current creation and photographic practice.

The Rencontres d’Arles, an annual summer photography festival, was founded in 1970 by Arlesian photographer Lucien Clergue, writer Michel Tournier and historian Jean Maurice Rouquette. Starting out as a series of encounters among lovers of photography, it gained importance and popularity over the years. Since the early 2000s, the Rencontres d’Arles has become one of the most important photo festivals in the world.

Many of the most prestigious photographers have taken part in the Rencontres d’Arles, but the list of those who were “discovered” there is also impressive. The festival aims to stay abreast of changes in the photographic image and new processes and technologies, and to offer everyone a chance to get to know the world of photography. It is rich in diverse viewpoints thanks to the number and variety of photographers and curators from different backgrounds. Every year, the festival attempts to decipher a changing world, since photography is the medium that best tells the story.