Arles @ 50

This is a postscript, partly because I wanted to post my snaps of these wonderful images. They make me nostalgic for a time I didn’t experience, but I think I can extrapolate somewhat. The Arles at 50 exhibition was very half-hearted I thought. It could have been incredible so maybe my expectations were just too … Continue reading Arles @ 50

Les Rencontres de la Photographie @Arles 2019 – the rest…

My third and final post of notes from Arles 2019. [All quotations are from the wall text/exhibition blurb unless otherwise stated.] Photo Brut was a very strange and unsettling experience – a collection of works from self-taught “photographers” who produced images in solitude or asylums. Unpleasant and uninstructive in the main. And I noticed we weren’t … Continue reading Les Rencontres de la Photographie @Arles 2019 – the rest…

Les Rencontres de la Photographie @Arles 2019 – the runners up…

More notes from Arles. [All quotations are from the wall text/exhibition blurb unless otherwise stated.] Here is a quick canter through my almost faves… Christian Lutz’s Eldorado was a highlight for me. His images of casinos in Vegas and Macao reveals the inhumanity, the shallow artifice, the horrendous inequality. The immaculate marble and gold interiors … Continue reading Les Rencontres de la Photographie @Arles 2019 – the runners up…

Les Rencontres de la Photographie @Arles 2019 – my top three

Rather belatedly, I want to capture my notes about the work I saw in Arles as I often seem to refer back to it. [All quotations are from the wall text/exhibition blurb unless otherwise stated.] This were my top three faves (not in any order) … Libuše Jarcovjáková – Evokativ at the Eglise Sainte-Anne This … Continue reading Les Rencontres de la Photographie @Arles 2019 – my top three

Helen Levitt – Observing New York’s Streets @Arles2019

Helen Levitt (1913-2009) – Espace Van Gogh (part of Rereading – Photography Revisited) Levitt was inspired by HCB and used a 35mm camera in East Harlem and the Bronx to revolutionise traditional reportage photography. This was different from the sociopolitical documentary that had come before and more about artistic depiction, influenced by surrealism which had … Continue reading Helen Levitt – Observing New York’s Streets @Arles2019