At a time when the Rencontres d’Arles is preparing to celebrate black and white photography, not far away, the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier directed by Gilles Mora, former artistic director of Arles, is holding an exhibition devoted to an artist who would have found his place in Arles. Bernard Plossu is renowned for his subtle, impressionistic black-and-white photographs. Surprisingly, however, this exhibition focuses on Le voyage mexicain (Contrejour, 1979), a book which revolutionized our perception of what a travel photography book could be. Only the petty and small-minded will interpret this as some kind of competition between Arles and Montpellier; the Plossu exhibition was planned long before the Arles program was made public.
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