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At Arles, photography free from data

Web review - 10/07/2015

Les rencontres internationales de la photographie d’Arles, debuted this week to extend until September 20th, are an occasion to question the aesthetic, economic and social role of an art form and a practice omnipresent via our screens as Instagram and other  portals and connected services,

As photography is integrated into these new diffusion channels, it is no longer an art of representing the human field vision according to David Rubinstein’s analysis, but also related to something further beyond: from the micro-level – cells – to the macro – outer-space. Photography seems to thus have become a sort of “business card” for both the real and virtual worlds because art fosters privileged relations with data and algorithms

Like in other cultural and creative sectors (cf. CR Kurt Salmon), digital is transforming photographers’ economic models, forcing them to live on hybridized revenue sources and to imagine new leads such as integrating or monetizing metadata…Photography in the 21st century still appears to David Rubinstein, as a continuous process of visual making and remaking of forms based on data. The announcement by the Ministry of Communication on the creation of a National Council on photography confirms the need for thought and debate on the future of this art.

All efforts contributing to develop the view of this art, also constitute a positive response to not fall into trivialize works of photography in the eyes of the new public. Let’s salute the treasures of  L’Atelier des photographes, an online platform for photography education, et also the Médiathèque d’Arles, which is participating to develop its heritage status.

At Arles, Fleur Pellerin announces the creation of a National Council for Photography

This National Council for Photography is expected before the end of 2015. Its vocation is to consider subjects such as the evolution of social protection for artists, tax system or intellectual property. Its actions shall be coordinated with those of the National Council for Visual Arts.

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What is 21st century photography?

In this newly commissioned essay, Daniel Rubinstein answers one of photography’s most complicated questions. In our contemporary image-world of computers and algorithms, what are the key philosophical questions proposed by the medium of photography today?

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Les rencontres internationales d’Arles offer L’Atelier des photographes, a new online platform with resources and courses in photography

An easy and free tool available for anyone who desires to participate in learning about a viewpoint in today’s world, L’Atelier des photographes relies on the viewpoints of a group of twenty photographers willing to share their universe. Trial tested for a year with the complicity of 600 teachers, photographers and educators as well as the participation of 8,200 youth from 6 to 30 years old, the atelier opens up resources to discover, organizing a dozen workshops for practice in personalization and providing online links to go further according to one’s own curiosity. 

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Interview of Aurélien Valette at the head of the Médiathèque of Les Rencontres d’Arles

The Médiathèque d’Arles conserves and places at the public’s disposal an unexpected audio-visual heritage for researchers and amateurs in photography. Indeed, we can discover here an important part of the history of contemporary photography as the festival of Arles now celebrates its 45th years.

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