Rencontres d’Arles
Photography Festival

Every summer since 1970, over the course of more than forty exhibitions at various of the city’s exceptional heritage sites, the Rencontres d’Arles has been a major influence in disseminating the best of world photography and playing the role of a springboard for photographic and contemporary creative talents.

The Rencontres d’Arles (formerly known as the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles) is a summer photography festival founded in 1970 by Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette.

The Rencontres d’Arles’ policy of programming, almost exclusively consisting of new work, has earned a world-wide reputation.

The exhibitions, often co-produced with both French and foreign museums and institutions, are given on various heritage sites, suitably stage-designed for the purpose.

Many photographers have been discovered as a result of the Rencontres; a sure sign of the festival’s importance as a springboard for photographic and contemporary creative talent.

Franco Fontana (bio); Main: Franco Fontana, Sahar Mokhtari, Zhu Lan Qing, Karen Paulina Biswell, Sarah Waiswa, Prune Phi, Gideon Mendel, Michael Christopher Brown, Guy Bouchet, Li Feng, Ann Ray, Mathieu Asselin, Franco Fontana, Phenomena.
Authored Articles
Rencontres d’Arles 2022
Jul 4 – Sep 25, 2022
Artists who use the medium are there to remind us of what we want to neither hear nor see....
Rencontres d’Arles 2021
Jul 4 – Sep 26, 2021
Should we invent a new rite of passage for this very peculiar time? Retouch this blank year in technicolor?...
Rencontres d’Arles 2018
Jul 2 – Sep 23, 2018
This year, you are invited to cross space and time with a breathtaking, celestial journey across the ages –...
Rencontres d’Arles 2017
Jul 3 – Sep 23, 2017
Every summer since 1970, over the course of more than forty exhibitions at various of the city's exceptional heritage...
Our 5th Year Anniversary
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We are rounding out our fifth year with nearly 3 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has been, indeed.
International Women’s Day / 2020
March 8, 2020
Often our better halves, and without whom we could not be, we renew our commitment to engage. Once again,...
Observing New York’s Streets
Helen Levitt / Rencontres d’Arles
Funny, incongruous, vibrant and resolutely human, these scenes out on the streets of New York, put next to one...
Voies Off Festival / 23rd Edition
Jul 2 – Sep 23, 2018
Since 1996, right in the midst of Rencontres d'Arles, Voies Off offers an alternative program of exhibitions, projections, portfolio...
Mirroring Life: André Kertész
Sep 15, 2017 – Jan 10, 2018
This retrospective of Kertész marshals a large number of black & white prints as well as a selection of...
Portrait Awards 2018 / LensCulture
Deadline Feb 27, 2018
LensCulture is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2018 Portrait Awards offering two exceptional exhibition opportunities...