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Editorial : Arles, the photographic front


Last Friday, the Van Gogh Foundation and Maja Hoffman inaugurated the Roberto Donetta exhibition in Arles.

It is sublime. The discovery of an almost unknown photographer and mind-blowing work on the working classes in Italy at the beginning of the last century. Lots of things happened this Friday in Arles. A few hours earlier, we learned that of the 80 applications submitted, the one of Christoph Weisner was retained.

The assassinations and the evictions that preceded it apparently took the form of a masterpiece. On Place du Forum, we discovered the closed North Pinus and the Forum, which will remain closed all summer.

Everyone seemed certain of the election for mayor of Patrick de Carolis, which will prove to be correct.

But the most astonishing is the sacred photographic union front that we saw taking place throughout this weekend and which materialized on Saturday morning with a press conference where we found: Actes Sud and the Capitani family, the Van Gogh and Luma Foundations, the Ortiz Foundation, the Reattu museum and Anne Clergue with her friends from Arles Contemporain!

In all, which will constitute more than sixty exhibitions responsible for demonstrating that photography is still alive in Arles.

Each day, we will present one to you and it is Thierry Maindrault who will manage this completely new and promising coverage.

Jean-Jacques Naudet

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