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Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012 - A french School
Valérie Jouve - Untitled (The characters with Um'Hassan), 2011-12.

Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012 - A french School

Grégoire Alexandre » Jean-Christophe Béchet » Sylvia Ballhause » Sammy Baloji » Brigitte Bauer » Edouard Beau » Massimo Berruti » Olivier Cablat » Sophie Calle » Sébastien Calvet » James Casebere » Alexandra Catiere » Chu-ha Chung » Arnaud Claass » Denis Darzacq » Monique Deregibus » Alain Desvergnes » Hassan & Hussein Essop » Sam Falls » Lucas Foglia » Vincent Fournier » Fratelli Alinari » Marina Gadonneix » Stefano Giogli » Arno Gisinger » Amos Gitai » Valérie Jouve » Josef Koudelka » Ikuru Kuwajima » Géraldine Lay » Isabelle Le Minh » SungHee Lee » Anni Leppälä » Mireille Loup » Jaana Maijala » Geoffroy Mathieu » Alexandre Maubert » Mehdi Meddaci » Nadège Mériau » Olivier Metzger » Joséphine Michel » Christian Milovanoff » Davide Monteleone » Erwan Morère » Patrick Mourral » Zanele Muholi » Osamu James Nakagawa » Tadashi Ono » Nelli Palomäki » Elena Perlino » Regine Petersen » Paul Pouvreau » Pentti Sammallahti » Bruno Serralongue » Klavdij Sluban » Dorothée Smith » Eva Stenram » Bertrand Stofleth  » Petúr Thomsen » Laurent Tixador » Jonathan Torgovnik » Jean-Louis Tornato » Muriel Toulemonde » Aurore Valade » Deidi von Schaewen » Hannah Whitaker » & others

Festival: 2 Jul – 23 Sep 2012

Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie

10 rond-point des Arénes
13200 Arles

Les Rencontres de la Photographie

34, rue du Docteur Fanton
13200 Arles

+33 (0)4-90967606


Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012 - A french School
Fratelli Alinari - Florence, Studio Bartolini, 1856-57.
from COLLECTIONS PRESENTED BY CURATORS, ALSO FORMER STUDENTS OF THE ENSP - Les Archives Alinari et la syntaxe du monde, hommage à Italo Calvino

Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012 - A french School
École Nationale Supérieure de Photographie (ENSP)

2 - 8 JULY

Sixty exhibitions take place in the exceptional setting of Arles, with its cityscape ranging from 12th century churches to modern industrial buildings.

Spectacles make use of the city's theatricality to talk about photography in a way done nowhere else. Most of the programme has never been presented before; the Rencontres d'Arles' productions later travel to other major international institutions.

The exhibitions' individual designs result from the close collaboration between scenographers and the exhibiting artists and curators from various institutions. The Rencontres fulfils its role of promoting photographers and photographic creation in an educational and festive way thanks, in particular, to the high density of events taking place in and around Arles during the summer.

The opening week welcomes all the photographers and programme curators, and is a time for debates, symposiums, book signings and exhibition visits that are free and open to everyone. It is an occasion for informal encounters with professionals from around the world.

The Rencontres d'Arles is a non-profit organisation whose budget consists of 46% state funding, 18% sponsorship and 36% ticket sales, income from workshops and retail.

All events are simultaneous translated from French to English to the other language.

Josef Koudelka | Amos Gitai | Klavdij Sluban & Laurent Tixador
The Jan Mulder Collection

Grégoire Alexandre | Édouard Beau | Jean-Christophe Béchet | Olivier Cablat | Sébastien Calvet | Monique Deregibus & Arno Gisinger | Vincent Fournier | Marina Gadonneix | Valérie Jouve | Sunghee Lee | Isabelle Le Minh | Mireille Loup | Alexandre Maubert | Mehdi Meddaci | Olivier Metzger | Joséphine Michel | Erwan Morère | Tadashi Ono | Bruno Serralongue | Dorothée Smith | Bertrand Stofleth & Geoffroy Mathieu | Pétur Thomsen | Jean-Louis Tornato | Aurore Valade
ENSP 2012 graduates

Alain Desvergnes | Arnaud Claass | Christian Milovanoff

- Les Archives Alinari et la syntaxe du monde, hommage à Italo Calvino
- Mannequin - le corps de la mode, Musée Galliera
- Un laboratoire des premières fois, les collections de la Société Française de Photographie
- Documents pour une information alternative, Centre national des arts plastiques

Discovery Award 2012

Artists presented by Phillip S.Block
Sam Falls | Lucas Foglia | Hannah Whitaker

Artists presented by John Fleetwood
Sammy Baloji | Hasan & Husain Essop | Zanele Muholi

Artists presented by Tadashi Ono
Chu Ha Chung | Osamu James Nakagawa | Jonathan Torgovnik

Artists presented by Jyrki Parantainen
Anni Leppälä | Jaana Maijala | Nelli Palomäki

Artists presented by Olivier Richon
Nadège Mériau | Regine Petersen | Eva Stenram

Book Awards 2012
Contrejour, a French Assertion

Clics & Classes
Sylvia Ballhause, 2011 Photo Folio Review laureate

SFR Young Talents
Alexandra Catiere | Paul Pouvreau | Muriel Toulemonde | Brigitte Bauer | James Casebere
The LUMA Foundation Events - Helen Marten
Méjan Exhibitions
- Sophie Calle
- Reflexions Masterclass 2002-2012, an artistic adventure. Directed by Giogia Fiorio
- Massimo Berruti | Denis Darzacq | Deidi von Schaewen | Géraldine Lay | Davide Monteleone | Pentti Sammallahti

A french School
François Hébel, director of the Rencontres d’Arles.

Ten years, twenty years, thirty years is the time it takes for the talents of the photographers, historians, and curators trained at the École Nationale Supérieure de Photographie (ENSP) to develop.
The school was founded in Arles in 1982 and was the brainchild of Lucien Clergue, Jean-Maurice Rouquette, the founders of the Rencontres, and Alain Desvergnes. Desvergnes was an important director of this festival, then of the school, which he planned to the last detail with the help of his wife, Marie-Annick Lenoir. The little sister of the Rencontres was a beneficiary of the money devoted to culture by François Mitterrand and Jack Lang, when the Socialists came to power in 1981.
Maryse and Antoine Cordesse, staunch and benevolent supporters of photography at Arles, were a decisive influence. Thanks to Michel Vauzelle, the President’s spokesman and Gaston Deferre, Minister of the Interior and Decentralisation, they arranged for ENSP to become one of the French President's 'grand projects', along with the refurbishment of the Louvre, the Finance Ministry at Bercy, the new Opéra Bastille, the National Library, and the Arch at La Défense.
It was the smallest and the least expensive of the 'grand projects'. The time has come to see how it is getting on. The 2012 edition of the Rencontres is entirely devoted to it.
With an inflated market paying astronomical sums for the work of ex-alumni of the schools at Düsseldorf (Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Elger Esser, Candida Höfer, et al.) and Yale (Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, et al.), and the British school being recognized as an informal movement with Martin Parr at its head, there is every reason for us to see what has become of the 640 or so students from Arles.
This project, which I drew up with Rémy Fenzy, today’s Director of the school and himself a 1989 graduate, and with the support of the tutors and past directors, rests on two certainties: the Arles school sees photography as an integral part of contemporary art and the teaching there in no way seeks to mould the students to the style of the tutors, but to endow them with the knowledge and critical ability they need in order to develop in their various and diverse ways to the highest level of excellence.
All the former students we spoke to described leaving the school as a violent experience; the three years they had spent there had been so intense and their previous certainties had been given such a shaking.
Students have a number of naive ideas to sift through; they are finding their way. They need to be given time to find their own vocabulary, their own aesthetic; time to free themselves from the influence of the great photographers they discover in the course of their studies. Just as one would not ask an engineering student to build a bridge, a photography student cannot be expected to show the brilliance that his or her own research and experience will eventually bring.
Hence our feeling that we should allow time for this maturity to come into being, before we celebrate. Not having been done before, the project carried a certain risk.
But the result has been to find a cornucopia of styles and talents among the photographers, and genuinely stimulating points of view on the part of those who have become curators of exhibitions.
If only a few names are well-known to the public, they all deserve recognition in their own right. Our selection is inevitably somewhat arbitrary; there was just as much reason for others to figure on this list.
As usual at the Rencontres, our bias has been towards individual exhibitions, and we are displaying significant elements in the careers of thirty or so photographers. The exhibitions organised around collections are also the fruit of curatorships by former students who have become historians of photography.
To the great satisfaction of the tutors at Arles, who are anxious not to reproduce what has happened with the German and American schools, it is difficult to assign those from the ENSP who have become photographers to any particular school. It is similarly impossible to label them with the stereotype of French humanist photography. If there is an ancestry for some of them, it is to be found in a certain relationship to landscape, no doubt due to the DATAR photographic mission of the 80s and 90s in France. But this is certainly not the case for all those presented here.
We were keen to make the point that teaching at the ENSP has been indelibly marked by the original three tutors, Alain Desvergnes, Christian Milovanoff and Arnaud Claass, all three of whom are photographers. We are devoting an exhibition to each of them.
A French school must inevitably drink at the well of other cultures. We have therefore invited heads of photography schools from four continents to the feast, along with their photographer guests from all over the world – this is in the context of the Prix Découverte. We have also invited great foreign artists who have chosen to work in France, in the persons of Josef Koudelka, Amos Gitaï and Klavdij Sluban.
At the Book Award this year, we will also be paying homage to Contrejour, Claude Nori's publishing house which was a great influence on French photography at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s.
Sophie Calle, who’ll be exhibited in the chapelle du Méjan, features among other eminent French artists working with photography who have been invited to the festival by the Association du Méjan and the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
The educational mission of the Rencontres d'Arles grows: with publication of a game for schools, concerned with decoding images – successfully tested at last year's "Back to School in Images"; with workshops available throughout the year; and with the launch of production of films broadcast on the net from the summer Rencontres.
Working with the ex-students of the Arles Photography School has provided the Rencontres team with a whole series of wonderful moments, admiring astonishment on coming face to face with little-known works, and exciting discoveries in the collections of the Galliera Museum, the Société Française de Photographie, the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, and the collections of the Peruvian curator Jan Mulder or the Fratelli Alinari from Florence.
A French school of photography most certainly exists. It is multifarious, dense, gay, erudite, and, though sometimes too self-effacing, extraordinarily full of talent.

Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012 - A french School
Arnaud Claass - Untitled, from the series Mémoire vive, Nice, 2003.
Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012 - A french School
Nelli Palomäki - Baawo at 30, 2011.
Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012 - A french School
Amos Gitai - After, 1973.
Les Rencontres d'Arles 2012 - A french School
Chu Ha Chung, A pleasant day 2006