Sam Stourdzé was happy during his five-year tenure as director of the Musée de l’Elysée. In fact, he says, he never would have left that idyllic setting were it not for the chance to be a part of the legendary Rencontres d’Arles photography festival. The challenge he made for himself was to scale down his museum experience to festival size, “moving outside the museum and into the city,” he says. “I was chosen in the end, but it could have been any one of us. We all know each other. And there were some really great people in the running.”
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