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Avignon or Arles ? Arles or Avignon ?

The Rencontres d’Arles will celebrate their 50th edition in style this summer. The festivities will begin during the opening week beginning of July 2019 and will continue until September for our greatest pleasure and yours. New cities and new institutions join the party like Port Bouc (Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard’s No Fish No Future) or Cavaillon (Willy Ronis and the Luberon), via Marseille (two exhibitions at Friche La Belle de Mai and one at the Photographic Center of Marseille) and Toulon (Museum of the Navy), in Nîmes (Old Nîmes museum). The Frac Paca, the Mucem, the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, the Hôtel des Arts in Toulon, and the Lambert Collection in Avignon also contribute each year and bring the colors of photography to the fore.

Reaching the age of 50 is also an opportunity to take stock of our history, our archives, and our collections. This summer, the collection, deposited at the Reattu museum, will be put online.

The Rencontres d’Arles is also and above all 50 years of a magnificent human adventure, undertaken by Lucien Clergue, Jean-Maurice Rouquette and Michel Tournier, a festival created by photographers for photographers. Today, it is always a story of friendship and passion in the service of photographers, which has been growing little by little. Over the years, the Rencontres’ identity has also been shaped by the desire to act in favor of people furthest from employment on the territory. By hiring for the reception of the festival, during 6 months, people in single contract of insertion, the Rencontres d’Arles are an important actor of the insertion by the economic activity. In 10 years, nearly 2,000 Arlesians have participated in this device offering extensive training and field work and nearly 70% of them have found a long-term job.