Edition 2018



Paradise! exhibition looks back on the development of the Rhône delta, organized by the State in the 1960s and 70s. Projects were taken up at three sites: Fos-sur-Mer was designated an industrial port; La Grande-Motte was to be the Mission Racine’s first seaside resort; and Camargue Island was reserved for a regional park. These three projects has been unveiled in 1968. Many of these shots are unpublished. They recount, for the first time, a chapter of the history of the Rhône delta, one that had a lasting mark on the region and its population. The exhibition can be seen as a close-up of the political and social utopias of the time period, not long ago, but seemingly far away.

Philippe Andrieu (1953), Lewis Baltz (1945‑2014), Lucien Clergue (1934‑2014), Jean Dieuzaide (1921‑2003), Jean‑Pierre Jos (1946), Claude O'Sughrue, Pierre Pillet (1943), Bob Ter Schiphorst (1923‑ 2002), Georges Vlassis (1950), Jacques Windenberger (1935).

An exhibition produced by the Rencontres d’Arles and the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue.
In collaboration with the Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône and the city of La Grande-Motte.
Prints by Picto, Paris.
Framing by Atelier Deuxième Œil and Circad, Paris.

With support from the INA.

  • 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