Under the heat, lovers of photos will move to the old Ateliers SNCF, about a quarter of an hour’s walk from the city centre. For the past two decades, this wasteland is the iconic place of the festival of the photograph. A nasty surprise awaits the visitors. Only two exhibitions against twenty are stamped with the Rencontres d’arles. At the risk of sowing confusion in the minds of festival-goers, Françoise Nyssen and Jean-Paul Capitani (Actes Sud) and the billionaire Maja Hoffmann (Luma Foundation) have recovered the places which belong to them, to organize their own exhibitions. The 30,000 guests to the Meetings don’t care but for the 110,000 other, the pass is 35 euros which is supposed to give access to programming is only valid neither for Antoine de Galbert, exposed by the Nyssen. Or to Gilbert and George exhibited by Maja Hoffmann. Push the door of the Workshops cost an additional 15 euros. At the ticket office, employees admit to having “spent the summer to undergo unpleasant remarks”. The books of gold …

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