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In this edition, which, marked by French photography, commemorates the 30th anniversary of the National School of Photography, we underscore two proposals - the first, historical and well attended, encapsulates the superb work of Josef Koudelka, Gypsies. The book of the same name, published in France for the first time in 1975 by Robert Delpire, is one of the photobooks that define the 20th century and which was reedited last year in an extended edition with over thirty images which had never been seen before. The combination of humanity and mysticism, of strangeness and familiarity give each of the images that make up the exhibition and commemorative dimension that stays with you, like Robert Frank’s The Americans. The second, of powerful melancholy, is formed by Sophie Calle’s new series, La Dernière Image and Voir la mer. The series take place in Istanbul, focusing on one of the themes she respects the most: absence. The first is comprised of a series of portraits of blind people. The photographs are accompanied by concise texts that give a voice to men and women who have lost their vision by asking them about the last image they remember - their last memory of the visible world. In Voir la mer, Calle invites a group of people to see the ocean for the first time and captures this through Caroline Champetier’s lens. As always, her work operates in a territory that lies between the natural and the choreographed.
The book exhibition at the Village of the Rencontres, with more than four hundred publications, where you can find the latest issues of C Photo throughout the summer, as well as other Ivorypress titles, is dedicated to all those related to the publishing world, becoming a focal point for professionals, collectors and book and photography lovers throughout the world.
This year, Arles’ prize to the History Book has been awarded to The Latin American Photobook or ‘the best-kept secret of the history of photography’, according to Martin Parr, a selection of 155 works published from 1920 to the present day, resulting from a comprehensive search carried out over the course of four years in private and public libraries, second-hand shops, bibliographic databases, archives and collections on either side of the Atlantic which was carried out by Historian Horacio Fernández, who has collaborated with C Photo and Ivorypress on several occasions.
Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson won the Artist’s Book Award in this edition. It tells the story of Charles Stakweathe, 19 years old, and Caril Ann Fugate, 14, who murdered 10 people in a three-day killing spree in which they travelled from Nebraska to Wyoming, where they were captured. The book documents the places the teenagers travelled through and the discoveries that Patterson himself made along the way. The photographs are accompanied by information about the objects which belonged to the murderers and their victims.
The festival, which can be visited until September 23rd, encompasses 50 exhibitions, with the participation of over a hundred guest artists.