ARLES 2016 PART II
In Part II of the review I'll try to stick more to the exhibitions, but I guarantee that I'll keep getting side-tracked; so I might as well start off with a side-track picture.
Silk scarf, shop window, Arles
There are far too many exhibitions every year to write about them all, and indeed I didn't even get to them all, so all I can write about is the ones I remember. As well as numerous good ones, this includes a few bad ones. Even the bad ones are good, though, as a means of clarifying my thinking about what I like and what I don't like. You would find the same, even if your tastes are very different from mine.
It's also important to point put that the pictures are exhibited to be looked at, not photographed. Lighting varies wildly; space is often limited;and in any case, the morality and even legality of using straight shots of others' pictures is disputable, especially on the internet where they are so easily stolen. This is why many of the pictures here are frankly snapshots. Also, this is in keeping with the way I want the review to feel: as though you were there, with all the advantages and disadvantages that this entails.
Andrey Kezzyn's "Four" series was exhibited at the Image Galerie Liberté (where you will find a better version of War if you follow the link) in a cramped cellar with uneven lighting. The camera notices such things are more than the human eye.
This is a part of the magic of Arles: never quite knowing what you are going to find around the next corner or (more likely) down the next flight of vertiginous steps leading to a musty cellar. Andrey's pictures (above) were among my favourites from the whole Rencontres, but the best way to point you to them is to provide link to his site (which is in English as well as Russian).
Besides, one of the points about Arles is that what you see is normally only the tip of an artistic iceberg:there's far more to Andrey's work than the series I saw depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and part of the pleasure is looking at the photographers' web-sites when you get home.