Guided by its passion for photography, Sessùn invited its community of talents to Arles, for the opening of the international photography festival, Les Rencontres d'Arles, founded by Lucien Clergue in 1970.
Two days of exchange, sharing and experimentation, to continue weaving deep and sincere bonds, and rock together to the beat of our inspirations. As part of this journey, we imagined a tribe of 6 talents, made up of old friends and new meets. Each of them shared her favorite photograph with us, to color up our exchanges.
"Shanghai", by Steve McCurry. I had cut this photo out of the pages of a magazine and it hung above my desk for years. I loved looking at it, it's so sweet. Two lovers in their bubble. I also love the contrast between their adult appearance and their childlike stance.
Camille Witt, illustratrice parisienne passionnée tout juste rentrée d’un voyage au Mexique.
This picture was taken by my dad, Jacques Witt of course! This photo was on the cover of my high school history-geography textbook. What a source of pride!
Alexandra Ricci, créatrice de contenu et tricoteuse hors pair, qui ne sort jamais sans ses aiguilles à tricoter.
I love the theme of metamorphosis and the references to Greek mythology on transformation that Francesca Woodman explores in her photos. Her compositions, the fact that she is one with the space around her. She tried both to hide and to highlight herself.
Diane Kari, entrepreneuse inspirée, passionnée par le textile, la décoration et l’art de vivre.
I love this photo of Marilyn Monroe by Richard Avedon. The contrast ratio is perfect and makes Marilyn look almost real. He portrayed her from a different angle than we're used to seeing her. She is a world icon, but here she appears dreamy, almost vulnerable.
Julia Jean-Baptiste, artiste-interprète solaire et envoûtante, elle vient de sortir son nouveau titre Music-hall.
" Red apples on yellow stripes" by Delphine Chanet. A minimalist black-and-white snapshot that reflects the softness and warmth of all her work.
Léa Gargiulo, modèle et comédienne, en pleine préparation d’un documentaire vidéo sur le thème de l’amour.
"Untitled 96", a photo by Cindy Sherman. I'm touched by the look of Cindy Sherman transformed into this vulnerable, melancholic young girl. I love the colors in this picture, and I can see a bit of myself in this character.
Luna Harst, photographe autodidacte et indépendante, particulièrement douée pour capturer la beauté unique des femmes de son entourage.
To start our photographic journey, we invited our guests on an exclusive tour of Lucien Clergue’s studio, the Arles-based photographer, founder of the Rencontres d'Arles, friend of Picasso and long-time inspiration for Sessùn. Usually closed to the public, we were able to discover previously unseen prints by the artist and a few anecdotes from his colorful life.
The day continued with dinner at La Piscine, a restaurant-bar located on the rooftop of the newly-opened Hotel Présent on Place Voltaire in downtown Arles. Facing the sunset reflected on the Luma Tower, we sampled the creative and tasty recipes of chef Maukka De Paris.
The second day began with an introductory cyanotype workshop at the École Supérieure Nationale de la Photographie. Guided by the school's artist-teacher Jonathan Mourglia, we discovered this ancient negative monochrome photographic process, which uses sunlight to produce Prussian blue prints.
For lunch, we took a break at the Relais du Castelet, in the shade of the arbors and beside the vegetable garden, to discover Jean-Baptiste Bert's generous Mediterranean cuisine.
We then visited three exhibitions on offer at the Rencontres d'Arles :
Saul Leiter - Assemblages
Agnès Varda - La pointe courte, from photographs to film
Wim Wenders - My Polaroid Friends
Finally, to round off this wonderful day, we met for a candlelit dinner in the upstairs chapel of the Inari restaurant, where we enjoyed a four-course menu distilled by the brilliant chef Céline Pham.
In keeping with our sincere passion for photography, this trip was an opportunity for Sessùn to strengthen its ties with its community of talents and to enrich each other with references, inspirations and artistic discoveries of all kinds.