This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Les Rencontres de la Photographie is in full swing in the provincial city of Arles in southern France. Back in Melbourne, a new show for Magnet Docklands and the last week to see Paul Blackmore’s Australians at Fox Darkroom & Gallery. Plus Head On Photo Festival 2019 is calling for exhibition submissions for next year, and looking for work in any genre across still photography, multi-media and short video.
49th edition of Les Rencontres de la Photographie
This year’s festival looks back to 1968 and forward to consider if and how the sixties climate of resistance and social change is manifesting in the digital age.
Sam Stourdzé, Director of the Rencontres D’Arles says, “Photography is often the best placed medium for registering all the shocks that remind us the world is changing, sometimes right before our eyes. An arts program is an excellent time machine—a constellation of exhibitions, intersecting, interacting and occasionally colliding.
“With the artist’s eye as our aid, and the recent past as our measuring stick, we can discover the near future, and shed some light on the big questions of society today…in the face of the digital revolution and its promises of a post‑human future, we see movements for going back to the basics, like those of 1968. Modern forms of resistance entail a reevaluation of fundamentals.
“More than ever before, attention is paid to food quality and to local and sustainable development. We reinvent ourselves with a different set of values—ecology, spirituality, meditation. Navigating two extremes of belief in man, between transhumanism and collective introspection, we move forward.”
With a lively and eclectic program, this year’s festival is pushing the boundaries of what is considered photography, and also how we tell visual narratives. Here are a few bodies of work that caught my eye.
1968, WHAT A STORY! BARRICADES, EXPRESSION, REPRESSION
This exhibition documents the year 1968 with work from the archives of the Paris Prefecture of Police, Paris Match and Gamma, Rapho and Keystone agencies.
Until 23 September
Jonas Bendiksen: The Last Testament
In The Last Testament Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen chronicles seven men who all claim to be the biblical Messiah returned. Through Bendiksen’s personal testimonies and intimate portraits, The Last Testament investigates the boundaries of religious faith, and a world in need of salvation, yearning for a new prophet. There’s also a book.
Laurent Nicourt: Maisons de Fortune
In this series French photographer Laurent Nicourt turns the idea of Paris architecture on its head by documenting the temporary shelters of the homeless. Nicourt says “there is no more ephemeral architecture in Paris than these makeshift houses.”
Cosmos Arles Books. Projections screening until 9 July from noon to 8 pm
Vincent Flouret: Maxdonna
No words needed!
Until August 15
26, Place Paul Doumer
Shane Scanlan: Places by Faces
Melbourne photographer and newspaper publisher Shane Scanlan’s show opens at Magnet Docklands this weekend. Sunday 4.30pm, The District Docklands Level 1, Wharf Street The District. Until 21 July.
Paul Blackmore: Australians
Last chance to see Paul Blackmore’s exceptional exhibition at Fox Darkroom & Gallery.