T he subtitle of this year's Rencontres d'Arles — arguably Europe's most important photography festival — could easily have been "What Is Photography For? The fast and loose approach by a new generation of digital artists is one of the dominant themes of this year's Rencontres, alongside a historical trawl through Mexican photography from the revolution to the present day. It makes for a sometimes uneasy mix of the serious and the wilfully amateur. Visitors here are typically photography buffs from across Europe and the US, and seem younger and trendier this year. The work reflects the festival-goers: I often felt I was wandering through a global village of images, with the unevenness and lack of a guiding current, a metaphor for photography's ongoing identity crisis. For all that, it is almost worth popping over to Arles just for Republic, the festival within the festival that is devoted to Mexican photography.
Les Rencontres d'Arles 2011 – review
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For years a staff photographer on the Mexican tabloid La Prensa , Metinedes often rode to crime scenes with fire and ambulance crews and created strikingly composed images of car crashes, suicides and accident victims before the blood had stopped running. The duo have photographed every single apartment on every single floor of the tower - inside and out - and these images, displayed in sequence on giant 9ft-high lightboxes mini towerblocks in themselves , are a triumphant and original marriage of documentary and display. Julianne Moore by Gregory Crewdson for The New York Times Magazine The New York Times Magazine show, on display over two exhibition spaces, is a fascinating insight into how the photo stories are created at this most influential of publications. Various case studies of iconic stories from the last 25 years of the magazine are on show - tearsheets of the final printed story, the prints themselves, and documentation showing the often labyrinthine process to get to the final story, including contact sheets, story boards, emails, and faxes to subjects.
In , the festival welcomed 93, visitors. The specially designed exhibitions, often organised in collaboration with French and foreign museums and institutions, take place in various historic sites. Some venues, such as 12th-century chapels or 19th-century industrial buildings, are open to the public throughout the festival. Memorable events in recent years include Europe Night , an overview of European photography; Christian Lacroix's fashion show for the festival's closing ; and Patti Smith's concert for the Vu agency's 20th anniversary At night, work by a photographer or a photography expert is projected in the town's open-air Roman theatre accompanied by concerts and performances.
For years a staff photographer on the Mexican tabloid La Prensa , Metinedes often rode to crime scenes with fire and ambulance crews and created strikingly composed images of car crashes, suicides and accident victims before the blood had stopped running. The work of Ponciano Flores Perez from , with text painted on each image describing the scene and the subjects, is fascinating, as is that of Hugo Brehme, an acclaimed landscape photographer who also documented the revolution with formal, studied compositions of the soldiers. Outside of the Mexican theme, The New York Times Magazine show, on display over two exhibition spaces, is a fascinating insight into how the photo stories are created at this most influential of publications.