Edition 2022



Léa Habourdin’s work starts out with a simple observation reported by the press: primary forests no longer exist in metropolitan France. The surviving ones have not been overly influenced by humans in recent decades. The artist spent two years with forest rangers and conservation area managers documenting these protected areas. Then she made prints by extracting the photosensitive chlorophyl from plants and using plant pigments made by an artisan. The prints, called anthotypes, are not resistant to daylight. From bright yellow birch leaves to pale pink poppy petals, the image of the forest she captures is evanescent, resonating with the fantasy we all have about the primary forest.

With the collaboration of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques.

With support from the Ministry of Culture.

  • 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