Posts Tagged ‘photography’

‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ is the theme for the 49th Rencontres d’Arles photography exhibition.  ‘This year, you are invited to cross space and time with a breathtaking, celestial journey across the ages. Photography is often the best-placed medium for registering all the shocks that remind us the world is changing, sometimes right before our eyes’, they write.

It’s developed into one of the world’s largest photography shows, with exhibitions in every available space across town.  This year, it has sections such as ‘America Great Again!’ featuring various photographers including Raymond Depardon; then there is ‘Run Comrade, the Old World is Behind You’ to mark the anniversary of 1968.  Included in this is a show I saw in London – ‘The Train. RFK’s Last Journey’.  It features the small groups of people who lined the entire route of the train that took Robert Kennedy’s body to its final resting place in Washington and is a fascinating snapshot of life 50 years ago.

The programme is here: https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en/expositions.  Sorry don’t know why they always have upside-down images on their posters. 2 July to 23 September.

Also this summer  in Arles, British artists Gilbert and George are exhibiting at LUMA, the new arts campus.  (Post about LUMA here: https://aixcentric.com/2016/05/25/changes-to-arles-skyline/) Their exhibition entitled ‘The Great Exhibition, 1971-2016’ runs 2nd July – 6th January.

I like the sound of ‘Une Histoire avec Vincent’ which starts at LUMA on the same day.  Young photographer Lily Gavin was given daily access to filming of ‘A La Porte de l’Eternité’ by director Julian Schnabel.  It took place over 8 weeks around Arles so her pictures should be interesting.

So – 2nd July – trip to Arles sorted!

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RTEmagicC_actu-affiche-atelier-photosNews of a Photography Competition open to all people living in Pays d’Aix.  They are looking for your pix illustrating either of these two themes: ‘L’inhabitat et son art de vivre, patrimoine naturel ou culturel de sa commune’ and ‘le portrait de famille, mémoire des habitants et des lieux’.  Chosen photos will be exhibited at the Tourist Office.  There are also workshops run by professional photographers available.  Details on http://www.culture-13.fr/agenda/concours-photos-aix-pays-d-aix.html


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Since dipping a toe in the blogosphere, I have been stunned by the number of online activities by local people.  There are just so many!  Here today are two that may interest you.

Leslie Ray, an American photographer living in Aix, has been blogging for years – have a look at her site on http://lafourchette.blogspot.com.

Her blog reflects her daily life and always illustrated with interesting photographs.

Plus: She has been posting a recipe each week for some time so has a good archive of tested recipes.

Plus: there’s an excellent list of other French-based blogs to dip into.

Plus: she is now marketing her photography in the shape of notecards, all showing Provence at its most beguiling.  Her site has details.

A second site I like is http://shiftinglight.com which belongs to Vaucluse-based artist Julian Merrow-Smith.  The great feature of this is the ‘painting-a-day’ email service. Subscribe and each day you find a Provence-based painting in your inbox, always a lovely surprise.

This is today’s – called Quinces in a Spanish Bowl – and how beautiful it is.  All the paintings are auctioned and a book of his work is also available.

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