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|Rencontres d'Arles 2007
64 preview "picks" from
France's world-renowned photography festival
Lens Culture is pleased to provide a preview of 64 “picks” from the upcoming Rencontres d’Arles 2007, which begins with a bang July 2-8, and then continues on through the summer. You can view a large-format slideshow of our early selection here.
This year’s Rencontres d’Arles looks to be truly fresh, diverse and re-vitalizing for the world of photography — especially compared with last year’s rather homogenous events which were mostly curated by Raymond Depardon (showcasing the work of many of his old cronies in photojournalism, including some truly awful paparazzi stuff).
The 2007 Rencontres has been co-curated by a lively group of experts from all over the world, and includes special large sections (contemporary, artistic, experimental, and historic) focusing on China and India: “in search of a living history of modern and contemporary times.”
However, today, India has a whole generation of photographers driven by the need to give expression to its huge, highly coded society. They have this in common with Chinese photographers, but the likeness stops there, for India never went through the shock of a cultural revolution; indeed, democracy and the independence whose 60th anniversary is celebrated this year have shaped a lasting form of social organization.
Also, in connection with the 60th anniversary of Magnum, one of the most famous Indian photographers, Raghu Rai, a Magnum correspondent, will have a retrospective of his photographic chronicles of India during the last forty years.
Another show, of more than 300 personal polaroids, will give us a view inside the flamboyant world of Pannonica de Kœnigswarter, a wealthy heiress, jazz buff, and amateur photographer. She was more commonly known as Nica, a baroness and patron of jazz musicians in the Be-Bop years (Thelonious Monk wrote Pannonica for her; and Horace Silver, Nica’s Dream). From the end of World War II until the early 1980s she caught a host of legendary musicians in their private moments as many jazz greats took refuge in her home: Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk... The result should be a fascinating visual history of passion and creativity.
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