An open-air photo festival on the road to unrestricted holidays. Les Chemins de photos, a festival now well known in Occitanie, and rising, rising For 10 years now, over 120 photographic exhibitions have been staged each year in the hills of the Lauragais region. To be enjoyed without moderation from 27 May to 8 October 2023.
Local and international images in 20 villages in the west of the Aude region. 80 photographers offering their variations on “Scenes of life”.
Several meetings with the photographers and the public will take place between June and October.
Highlights of the season and events can be viewed or downloaded at: www.cheminsdephotos.com
The cultural summer of 2023 is shaping up to be a hot one in the Lauragais, as elsewhere, but here the photo exhibitions are bringing a little coolness from June to September.
Over the 10 years, almost 500 photographic exhibitions have been set up in front of the eyes of locals and tourists alike, who have been delighted to discover the villages nestling in the Cathar hills and the photographers taking part, all of whom are diverse in terms of their photographic genre (which some might consider outrageously iconoclastic), their geographical origin (from here or elsewhere) and their use of a variety of techniques, from old-fashioned silver to unbridled digital.
The constant aim is to bring photography to the countryside by encouraging the necessary mediation, to take it out of the box, to put it on display for everyone to see, even those who, although bathed in images on a daily basis, are not used to reading images, which in our villages gives rise to questions, comments that may be favourable or unfavourable, or even hostile, but often very enthusiastic.
A word from Guy Catalo, director of Chemins de photos
“Some people in the photography world, leafing through the catalogue, look up at me and wonder about this succession of photos, looking for the artistic direction followed by our annual festival.
Should I tell them that there isn’t one?
Or should I say that, in these hills with their many chapels, we have chosen not to have any photographic bias other than that of “getting the picture out of the frame”, as Lucien Clergue so aptly put it.
The annual selection by an independent jury with recognised and diverse skills in the field of photography, the sole guarantor of artistic quality, reflects the spirit that prevails at Chemins de photos: far from the hushed confines of chapels, the aim is to offer as many people as possible an eclectic choice of exhibitions carefully selected by both artists and those involved in rural development.
A crossroads of ideas and different worlds that can only open people up to others, in an environment where the land is hard to cultivate and the harvest is uncertain.
Getting there: A61 – Exits: 21 – Castelnaudary; 22 – Bram; 23 – Carcassonne – A66 – Exit Mazères, Belpech
Permanent campsite from 28 May to 8 October: Camping Les Brugues in Fanjeaux
Chemins de Photos
Fanjeaux, 11270, France
May 28, 2023 to October 08, 2023