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Roger Hicks
01-24-2011, 03:07
The Rencontres ('meetings') are the biggest gathering of fine art photographers in the world, in a stunningly photogenic city. Who else from RFF is going to be there? The opening week begins on July 4th, so I've booked at my usual hotel from Sunday 3rd (to be there from Day 1) to Sunday 10th.

Anyone who doesn't know about the Rencontres and who's not read the reviews of the last 3 years can find them on my site:

2008 http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202008.html

2009 http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202009.html

2010 http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202010.html

Cheers,

R.

johannielscom
01-24-2011, 03:20
Dear Roger,

I'd sure like to go, but: grmpf. Still three weeks away from summer holidays then, so that's a no-go. :(

Would have liked to meet, maybe some other time...?

Michiel Fokkema
01-24-2011, 03:30
Hi Roger,

I already booked too. See you then.

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

alun severn
01-31-2011, 08:14
Roger, Dates (as per your Centrefold post): the 2011 link is 2010 (as one might expect it to be, really)....

gekopaca
01-31-2011, 08:36
Hi,
I live in Arles, so it will be a pleasure to meet some of you… if I'm at home at the start of july.
In fact I can't know now, because I'm musician and I might have to go away for my job.
So the best is to send me private messages few days before.

Roger Hicks
03-14-2011, 03:38
Just thought I'd bump this. It's less than 4 months away. If I remember I'll bump it in April, May and June as well.

Cheers,

R.

GMcD
03-14-2011, 11:26
Just booked the hotel. Hope to meet up with you and the others on the rf forum in July.

Haigh
03-16-2011, 02:18
I've just looked at Arles 2010 and want to thank you for posting it. I would love to do the 2012 one-ambitious for me but I'd like to think I can. I went to Arles as a young man but not when the festival was on. Your post has inspired this Aussie.

robert blu
03-16-2011, 10:00
Wife and me are planning to be in. Looking for a B&B or hotel. Not yet decided where.
robert

robert blu
04-26-2011, 05:38
Confirmed! We'll be in Arles 3 - 9 july. Hope to meet you there. Ciao
robert

gekopaca
04-26-2011, 06:17
"I see that there will be several members of RFF on site, great!"

… and now in French, you should get used :

"Je vois qu'il va y avoir plusieurs membres du RFF sur place, tant mieux!"
:cool:

Roger Hicks
04-26-2011, 07:45
"I see that there will be several members of RFF on site, great!"

… and now in French, you should get used :

"Je vois qu'il va y avoir plusieurs membres du RFF sur place, tant mieux!"
:cool:

Bien sur, mais c'est toujours plus facile parler (en effet, sans grammaire, et sans orthographie) qu'écrire... Aussi les claviers entrangers n'ont toujours suffisament des accents.

Amitiés,

R.

robert blu
04-26-2011, 09:07
très bien!

robert

Turtle
04-26-2011, 09:48
Its possible I will be able to go, but I have said that for two years now....

I will try again, but depends on work, as always.

Gabriel M.A.
04-26-2011, 10:26
The Rencontres ('meetings') are the biggest gathering of fine art photographers in the world, in a stunningly photogenic city. Who else from RFF is going to be there? The opening week begins on July 4th, so I've booked at my usual hotel from Sunday 3rd (to be there from Day 1) to Sunday 10th.

Anyone who doesn't know about the Rencontres and who's not read the reviews of the last 3 years can find them on my site:

2008 http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202008.html

2009 http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202009.html

2010 http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202010.html

Cheers,

R.

Quick reply as I'm about to go offline: this is excellent to know! I'd love to go, but I'm not sure w/costs, etc. I'm actually on planning a cousin of mine who is in Arles this Spring; I'll probably go there in a couple of weeks. Is there a good place to stay there for pas trop chere?

gekopaca
04-26-2011, 10:43
@ Turtle & Gabriel M.A. :
You're welcome!
@ Gabriel M.A. : If you want infos,you can send me a PM

Roger Hicks
05-07-2011, 11:50
Less than two months away now...

Cheers,

R.

MartinP
05-07-2011, 12:08
I went to the 2010 edition and stayed on a campsite. No problems with the site and it was within walking distance of everywhere. And of course, said hallo to Roger and Frances, and several other RFF'rs, and lots of other photographers, organisers etc etc.

Highly recommended for the photography and the informal-yet-effective mini-expos everywhere, plus the informal-and-bizarre ones too, and the very pleasant environment of the town and surroundings.

gekopaca
05-07-2011, 12:28
Less than two months away now...

Cheers,

R.

Yep. My BBQ & Garden Open Bar are ready…

Turtle
05-07-2011, 23:38
When to the hotels start getting booked out, Roger?

I might not know whether I can come for a little while...

Roger Hicks
05-08-2011, 01:12
When to the hotels start getting booked out, Roger?

Hard to say. Contact the Rencontres office (Google the Rencontres 2011) and/or the tourist board. Many people book six months or more in advance, so choice goes down and prices go up quite rapidly from now on. You can normally find somewhere at as little as a week's notice, but at that point you may have to walk 10 minutes or more to the city centre, and you're unlikely to get away with less than 80 euros. There's always a faint chance with the Hotel Voltaire, especially for single rooms with shared bathroom, which are silly-cheap and very acceptable as well as being in central Arles: we always stay at the Voltaire.

Cheers,

R.

gekopaca
05-08-2011, 01:38
When to the hotels start getting booked out, Roger?

I might not know whether I can come for a little while...


Try this one :
http://arlestourisme.com/hebergement.html

They have a list of persons who rent rooms and little appartments in Arles.

Olsen
05-08-2011, 03:26
I can not make it this year. I have a too busy schedule at work since I am retiring later this year. But next year! Then I am a pensioner!

How do you folks get from Paris to Arles? Train? How far is it by car? Will hotels be packed, or?

MartinP
05-08-2011, 03:30
Olsen, take the TGV to Avignon then the regular coach to Arles station. The last bit to your hotel etc. is probably easiest by taxi.

gekopaca
05-08-2011, 03:57
I can not make it this year. I have a too busy schedule at work since I am retiring later this year. But next year! Then I am a pensioner!

How do you folks get from Paris to Arles? Train? How far is it by car? Will hotels be packed, or?

Paris to Arles by car : 7 hours

Paris to Arles (direct - 1 or 2 each day): 4 hours

Paris to Arles via Avignon TGV : the most used - 2h40 + 30 min with a "navette" (bus shuttle).

see http://www.voyages-sncf.com/billet-train/horaires

Roger Hicks
05-19-2011, 06:46
About 6 weeks now...

Cheers,

R.

gekopaca
05-19-2011, 07:52
Hi Roger,
You seems to be in a hurry…:cool:
For the moment la place du Forum is exactly as the rest of the year - not too many people, no M9 to see…

Regards,
Nice to meet you soon!

Roger Hicks
05-19-2011, 08:00
Hi Roger,
You seems to be in a hurry…:cool:
For the moment la place du Forum is exactly as the rest of the year - not too many people, no M9 to see…

Regards,
Nice to meet you soon!

Just to remind others...

Looking forward to meeting you too.

Cheers,

R.

john neal
05-20-2011, 03:28
Roger,

As much as we would love to come, I fear that our finances will not allow - we are saving for a mighty joint 60th birthday trip later this year. Not sure where yet, but "possibles" currently include Machu Pichu, Kilimanjaro, Mountain Gorrillas in Uganda and New Zealand in a motor home.

I also have to decide what camera gear to take :eek:

auldbob
05-26-2011, 23:23
I have been offered accomodation in Nimes for the 1st week in July. Can anyone offer information on commuting from Nimes to Arles? Local bus service? Train? If the journey is feasible I would be delighted to meet any of you in Arles.
Auld Bob

gekopaca
05-27-2011, 02:24
Nîmes-Arles is about 25 km, but it's a little bit complex for transport because it isn't the same "département" and even it isn't the same "région".

By train : http://www.voyages-sncf.com/billet-train/horaires
NB : You should choose the "trajet direct" option

By bus : http://www.edgard-transport.fr/
NB : choose "Nîmes gare routière" for departure and "Arles Clémenceau" for arrival

Roger Hicks
05-27-2011, 14:40
Nîmes-Arles is about 25 km, but it's a little bit complex for transport because it isn't the same "département" and even it isn't the same "région".

By train : http://www.voyages-sncf.com/billet-train/horaires
NB : You should choose the "trajet direct" option

By bus : http://www.edgard-transport.fr/
NB : choose "Nîmes gare routière" for departure and "Arles Clémenceau" for arrival

Thanks.

Cheers,

R.

johannielscom
07-12-2011, 12:20
So, how about Arles 2011?

Who went there, what did they see, who did they meet and did they buy anything? Shoot anything? Eat/drink anything?

Turtle
07-13-2011, 00:47
Yes, I went. I saw lots, met plenty, ate and drank loads and shot almost nothing! In all seriousness, I met up with Roger, Francis and other RFFers. There's more photography here than one could describe, but suffice to say it ranges form the fantastic to the truly awful, but there is something for everyone. Its a lovely setting, a very friendly atmosphere and I hope to be here again. I also hope to manage Perpignan next year too, though both is perhaps optimistic....

For me, the finest exhibition was that of Graciela Iturbide's work. She is a photographer who I knew nothing about, but I will be adding a book or two of hers to my collection. Her work has a certain darkness and personal intensity that really came through.

Michiel Fokkema
07-13-2011, 00:56
I was there too and agree with Turtle.
I did make two reportages for Demotix in between watching the exhibitions.
http://www.demotix.com/news/744987/f-te-du-costume-th-tre-antique-arles?destination=search/context/query/arles/sort/relevance
http://www.demotix.com/news/751339/french-bull-fighting-roman-amphitheatre-arles?destination=search/context/query/arles/sort/relevance

Shot some film too but that will take along time to show here whit my current backlog.
Maybe next year I'll go to Perpignan instead of Arles. The timing suits my wife better next year.

Michael Markey
07-15-2011, 22:53
A review of Arles 2011.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/27aab90e-a8bd-11e0-b877-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1SFR9yaU7

Roger Hicks
07-17-2011, 12:30
A review of Arles 2011.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/27aab90e-a8bd-11e0-b877-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1SFR9yaU7

Thanks very much for that. Tom (Turtle) agrees with me that it was a fair review, but equally, I can't help feeling that the FT reviewer missed an awful lot off good stuff (such as the hard core porn in the laundromat), possibly through not spending quite long enough at the Rencontres. And, of course, there are always differences of opinion about what works and what doesn't. I'm currently working on a rather longer and more thorough review, though of course it is far from exhaustive.

Cheers,

R.

johannielscom
07-17-2011, 12:36
Thanks very much for that. Tom (Turtle) agrees with me that it was a fair review, but equally, I can't help feeling that the FT reviewer missed an awful lot off good stuff (such as the hard core porn in the laundromat), possibly through not spending quite long enough at the Rencontres. And, of course, there are always differences of opinion about what works and what doesn't. I'm currently working on a rather longer and more thorough review, though of course it is far from exhaustive.

Cheers,

R.

Dear Roger,

I've been looking forward to that one, so far I have never managed to visit Arles but have always enjoyed reading your reviews of the event!

Maybe I can manage next year, one can always hope...

click
07-19-2011, 20:08
For those of you who can visit Arles I strongly recommend you doing so. I lived in Aix-en-Provence just outside of Arles and visited a few times. Obviously there's the Van Gogh, Gaugin and Millet influences to art in the area and the coliseum which is in fact older than the one in Rome. The real reason to visit Arles is because the quality of light in the area is like none other. The light is the reason so many artists have made it their home for so long.

Take some Velvia and have fun.

Click

tjh
07-22-2011, 08:15
I'm planning on visiting Arles for the exhibition (expedition in original post - more accurate?) next July. How far ahead must i make hotel reservations for the opening week? - one or two months, six months, now, or last year?

Roger Hicks
07-22-2011, 08:23
I'm planning on visiting Arles for the expedition next July. How far ahead must i make hotel reservations for the opening week? - one or two months, six months, now, or last year?

To be on the safe side, as soon as the dates for the Rencontres are known. This is normally 5-8 months in advance. "Organization" and "Rencontres" are not always words you use in the same sentence.

The later you book, the harder it is to find hotels that are (a) central and (b) affordable. But I've booked (30 minutes walk away, at a price) at a month or two before the Rencontres.

Cheers,

R.

Gabriel M.A.
07-22-2011, 08:25
Ah! Here's the thread.

I did go; met some of you guys (all for the very first time!) I really liked Arles, and there were good exhibits, some really bad exhibits, and most were just as you'd expect (the meh kind). I was there only for about five days, and had to work half the day for half the time I was there, so I'm sure I would have absorbed more if I had had lots more time.

I really enjoyed the chats with Roger et al (btw, I still have to send you an e-mail and photos, Roger! --I've been so busy that I haven't had time to process most photos). Time slips by my fingers.

Cheers.

Gabriel M.A.
07-22-2011, 08:27
Yep. My BBQ & Garden Open Bar are ready…


Were you around the first week of the Rencontres?

tjh
07-22-2011, 09:54
To be on the safe side, as soon as the dates for the Rencontres are known. This is normally 5-8 months in advance. "Organization" and "Rencontres" are not always words you use in the same sentence.

The later you book, the harder it is to find hotels that are (a) central and (b) affordable. But I've booked (30 minutes walk away, at a price) at a month or two before the Rencontres.

Cheers,

R.

Roger, thanks!

Tom

gekopaca
07-22-2011, 10:38
Were you around the first week of the Rencontres?

I was in hospital ... I'm better now, but it's not really OK, I have a tooth superinfected and wait for the surgery now (perhaps next Monday) - many surgeons are on vacation in July.
I am very sad not to have been available the first week, and not being able to meet you. I hope that next year it will be possible to have a party of RFF in my garden!

Roger Hicks
07-22-2011, 10:48
Ah! Here's the thread.

I did go; met some of you guys (all for the very first time!) I really liked Arles, and there were good exhibits, some really bad exhibits, and most were just as you'd expect (the meh kind). I was there only for about five days, and had to work half the day for half the time I was there, so I'm sure I would have absorbed more if I had had lots more time.

I really enjoyed the chats with Roger et al (btw, I still have to send you an e-mail and photos, Roger! --I've been so busy that I haven't had time to process most photos). Time slips by my fingers.

Cheers.

Great to see you too! Sorry you were so busy, and so short of time, and that we couldn't spend more time together. Maybe next year...

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
07-22-2011, 10:50
I was in hospital ... I'm better now, but it's not really OK, I have a tooth superinfected and wait for the surgery now (perhaps next Monday) - many surgeons are on vacation in July.
I am very sad not to have been available the first week, and not being able to meet you. I hope that next year it will be possible to have a party of RFF in my garden!

Sorry I didn't respond to your e-mails, but I didn't pick them up until I got home. The tooth sounds like very depressing news. Good luck with it and bonne courage -- and see you next year, insh'Allah.

Amitiés,

R.

Michiel Fokkema
09-24-2011, 10:19
Here are some of the RFF friends in Arles
http://www.flickr.com/photos/michiel-fokkema/6178188647/

robert blu
09-24-2011, 11:50
Wow ! I'm there as well ! thanks for posting!
robert
PS some of my Arles photos (and some comments) are in my blog !

Roger Hicks
10-09-2011, 07:53
Revolution is in the air at this year's Les Rencontres d'Arles,with exhibitions on the Mexican revolution and the Spanish civil war, shows by pioneering artists Chris Marker and JR, Discovery Awards picked out by a new generation of curators and editors, and a manifesto on photography in the age of the internet. But according to festival director Francois Hebel, that's..."

SPAM! Mods please delete! (Along with this)

Cheers,

R.

dave lackey
10-10-2011, 17:20
This sounds like it would be great!

Now, if I can only find a part-time job to save up for a trip to Arles (assuming my wife is in good enough health by then), well, who knows, just might try to meet all the RFF'ers at Arles in 2012. God willing, of course.:angel: