Les Rencontres d’Arles 2013 – review

In his introduction to the 44th Arles photography festival, the director François Hebel asks: “What place does black-and-white photography still hold today? Realism or fiction, poetry, abstraction or pure nostalgia?” In a bold move, Hebel has made monochrome photography the core of the festival, and if the question he poses is not answered definitively, enough new and interesting issues are explored in the 50-odd exhibitions spread between the town’s churches, galleries, a converted convent and several vast railway sheds.

It was paradoxical, then, that in the bars and cafes on Place du Forum, where the curious and the dedicated gather nightly on the opening week, the main talking point last week was the sprawling exhibition of new work by Wolfgang Tillmans, in which the colour tones are often dramatic and the world they reflect sometimes seems to have emerged, glossy, metallic

Article source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/jul/07/rencontres-arles-2013-review

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