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The Rencontres d'Arles 2021

During this festival, you'll be able not only to admire ​photography but also the architecture of the festival's venues


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Back in 1970 photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier, and a historian named Jean-Maurice Rouquette joined efforts and founded an international photography festival, the Rencontres d'Arles. The festival gained notoriety for programming only new and unpublished work and being a springboard for young and untalented artists. Usually, Rencontres is produced together with both French and foreign museums and galleries, and a part of the programming is often assigned to artists and specialists from different fields and international professionals. More than 50 exhibitions are held in various locations around the town; some of which, like old chapels or industrial buildings, are usually closed to​ visitors and are specially staged for this ev​ent.

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