Studio Barolini Florence from the Alinari Archives
I love the South of France especially in the summer when the cicada’s are singing, the sun is shining, the rosé is chilled and the fabulous photo festival, The Rencontres des Arles is in full swing!
This year the Rencontres des Arles is hosted by the École Nationale Supérieure de Photographie which has produced some of the finest contemporary art photographers of our time.
Here are my pic of three great exhibitions not to miss!
1. The Alinari Archives and Syntax of The World Tribute to Italo Calvino - The wonderful 19th century Florentine brothers whose archives are AMAZING! Italy as you will have never seen it.
2. Mannequin – Le Corps De La Mode. I love the subject of this exhibition, the importance of the model in photography. A subject close to my heart!
“From the anonymous model to the cover girl, from the clothes horse to the sex symbol, from the supermodel to the girl next door: ambivalence is all in the sheer mass of photographs devoted to the model’s commercial, aesthetic and human worth, and the stereotypes she represents. In this choice of images mostly from the Musée Galliera collection, the exhibition offers a history of fashion photography from the point of view not only of the photographer, but of the model as well.”
3. Gypsies – Josef Koudelka. I cut my teeth on the photos of Josef Koudelka, they were some of the most powerful images I was shown at my photography school, by a teacher in love with his work. This love was passed on to all of us students and I am still fascinated by his photos. Gypsies is a particularly beautiful, rich series of his work. Don’t miss these pics.
So for all of you lucky enough to be travelling in the South of France this year knock yourself out with one of the most exciting photo festivals of the year.
PS: if you can’t make it to Arles you may enjoy Gypsies: Koudelka or Roma, 19th Century photos from the Alinari Archives