Edition 2019

Explorer l’image

Launched in 2015, the visual literacy platform L’ATELIER DES PHOTOGRAPHES has developed to become OBSERVE•SEE. Now hosted on the Rencontres d’Arles’ official website: rencontres-arles.com, this free platform created by the Rencontres d'Arles, collaborating with photography and education professionals, treats a variety of photography-related subjects. Primarily targeted to school groups and the educational community, this educational tool offers 32 photographs selected from various years of the festival, including information about the artists, discussion points, and proposals for amusing educational workshops with the provided images. New sections, content and features have been added, allowing for deeper insight into photography and the photography world, such as:
> A forum for feedback on conducted workshops
> A dictionary with up to 200 definitions related to photography and photographs
> A timeline outlining the basic technical innovations in photography
> An interactive map identifying up to 100 sites devoted to photography in France: festivals, permanent exhibition venues, and places linked to visual literacy
> A section bringing together up to 40 resource websites on the history of photography, visual culture, technical knowledge and visual literacy
> News and links to numerous partner organizations which, over time, will enrich the platform
> And coming soon, a focus on photography-related jobs and training programs
The new version includes responsive web design allowing navigation from computers, tablets and smartphones.

Pause‑Photo‑Prose is a board game involving verbal expression and attention, confidence, cohesion, imagination, curiosity, inspiration and exercises. In 3 rounds, the game’s 6 to 40 players join teams to question one another on 32 photographs by contemporary artists. Players must guess which photo is being mimed, described in a word, or drawn; they discover the meaning of an image in the words of its author, guess the context out of which an image arose, or its influence on how we perceive images. The game does not require any prior knowledge of photography for any of its participants, including organizers. It adapts to the context, the users and their goals. It was designed with the help of teachers and facilitators, and is currently in use in 1000 educational institutions, associations, libraries, social centers and museums by over 100,000 children and adults. Designed as an experiment along with professionals in photography, education and outreach, Pause‑Photo‑Prose was tested by around a hundred people and evaluated by an external party during its development.
  • 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