Edition 2018

The Hobbyist


What happens when photographers and artists incorporate hobbies into their work as a way to challenge artistic practices and hierarchies? How do hobbyists describe their passion photographically, not least today in an era of digital communication and online blogs? The Hobbyist is the first major exhibition to focus on the relationship between photography and hobby culture: photography of hobbies as much as photography as a hobby practice. Designed in five chapters, the exhibition examines what a hobby might be in a context in which the notions of private and public spheres have shifted because of the impact of the Internet. From the avant-gardes to the hippie culture of the 1960s, the DIY craze of the 1980s and today’s “Makers Movement”, the exhibition considers various implications of both the hobby and the hobbyist.

Exhibition curators: Anna Planas, Pierre Hourquet and Thomas Seelig.
Exhibition produced by Fotomuseum Winterthur, in partnership with Verein Fotomuseum Winterthur and the Rencontres d’Arles.
Publication : The Hobbyist, Spector Books, 2017.
Wallpapers par Picto, Paris.

  • 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