I am just back from Les Rencontres d'Arles, a photography exhibition that takes place in Arles every summer, July to August. It was my first time here. We went through a lot of exhibitions over the day; some were really good, with very interesting topics covered, like war, illegal abortion, transexuals, USSR military facilities, agrotoxins, and lots of other.
There is a lot to see, for a very affordable price. One of the exhibition I was enthusiast about was the Don McCullin one, and it proved to be even better than I expected. His pictures from the fifties and the sixties are truly masterpieces. I also love the style of these pictures, with heavy grain and prominent dark tones.
Although I am more a black & white guy, I enjoyed the Bernard Plossu exhibit called Western Colors, featuring color prints made using the Fresson technique during one of his trip to the western U.S.
The Danila Tkachenko's Restricted Areas serie was very captivating, with an interesting almost-black-and-white light tone, and features abandonned military installations in USSR established during the cold war, as well as pictures of the Chelyabinsk‑65 closed town.
Finally, at the Espace Van Gogh, there was this guy photographing people with a home-built chamber called the Street Box, using Direct Positive paper. He develops the paper in a portable miniature darkroom and ten minutes later, you have your print! Check out Mehdi Nedellec's website. :-)
Arles is definitely a place where it is worth spending at least two days, if you want to go through all the available exhibits. Plus, the city itself is a Roman marvel, with lots of opportunity for photography. I am definitely going back next year!