Les Rencontres d'Arles is the world's oldest
international photography festival. Now in its 38th
edition, it is hosting some 50 exhibitions across 20
venues in this ancient Roman Provencal town in
the south of France.
A series of exhibitions depict India, from social
struggles, AIDS and urban development to Mother
Teresa. As the price of Indian artworks rises
rapidly, the focus on Indian artists such as
Dayanita Singh comes at an exciting time.
The real highlight, however, is the show of Spain's
leading photographer, Alberto GarcĂ­a-Alix. His
black-and-white images capture the intimacy of his
social circle in Madrid, which is that of a bikerrocker
community.
Arles is also about new discoveries, and in the
SNCF ateliers there are 15 exhibitions, organized
by five curators, which competed for this year's
Discovery Prize, which was voted by professionals
during the opening week. The winner is Laura
Henno, a French photographer who makes staged
portraits of adolescents in dark settings. Her
fictional realities speak about solitude and identity.

July 8 through September 16, 2007
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