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Exposure: Les Rencontres de la Photographie

Every year the French city of Arles transforms itself to host the biggest, most prestigious photography festival in the world ‘Les Rencontres de la Photographie’ (nicknamed Arles for short). Photography takes over every corner of the city and the venues range from churches and warehouses to outdoor projections and street paste-ups. Arles runs from July to September, but the opening week is the time to go and catch talks, exhibition tours, book signings and portfolio reviews.

Now in it’s forty-eighth year the festival has the history and reputation to pull in big names. In 2017 this includes Annie Leibovitz, Michael Wolf, Joel Meyeroitz and Gideon Mendel. This is perfectly balanced with a focus on showcasing the work of emerging talents and photography from lesser-known regions.

Arles is the focus of my latest column for Creative Review, which examines the world of photography, with a focus on new talent, photobooks and exhibitions from around the globe.

Image by Sanne De Wilde from The Island of the Colorblind