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PLANCHE(S) CONTACT: FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHIC CREATION

Since it was founded in 1860, Deauville has been the protagonist of many photographic sessions. The Seeberger brothers, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Roger Schall, Willy Rizzo, Robert Capa, Emeric Feher, Gisèle Freund, Henri Cartier Bresson, the photographers of Magnum, Robert Doisneau, Peter Lindbergh and the greatest fashion photographers roamed it and were inspired by it. To keep telling about the city, write new pages of culture in Deauville and create an unprecedented collection, the city decided to launch Planche(s) Contact, a photographic festival, in 2010. Photography finds its expression among music, literature and cinema. Every year, an order is submitted to photographers that come to share their own vision of the city and exhibit their works about Deauville. The Festival is organized around five sections. Sharing and talking with the inhabitants of Deauville is fundamental for their work. The inhabitants share with the photographers their passions, guide them or pose for them. And all of them come - on the scheduled day - to see how photographers coming from all over the world perceive and reproduce in pictures their life and the memories of their city.
 

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IN SECTION: THE GUEST PHOTOGRAPHERS
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Inviting photographers to focus on Deauville and its different facets helps the city build up and update the photographic heritage.
 
How do photographers discover, stride across and reproduce the different aspects linked to a city and its atmosphere? One of the best things about photography is discovering cities like New York with Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, William Klein, or Nan Goldin... visit by day or by night the Paris de Brassaï, captured by Willy Ronis or Martin Parr, the Valparaiso by Sergio Larrain, or the roads of Tokyo with William Klein….
 
The Festival Planche(s) Contact has been encouraging new perspectives for 10 years. In turns, Lise Sarfati, Charles Fréger, Massimo Vitali, Filip Dujardin, Meffre & Marchand, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, Kishin Shinoyama, Lars Turnbjork, Harry Gruyaert, Philippe Ramette… have received photographic orders and have been invited to discover part of the city, part of Deauville. The exhibitions deal with several genres like portrait, documentary, landscape, creative, staged, still life, fashion, architectural and life style photography.
The photographers, invited in residence a few months before the festival, must find a match between their universe, their photographic style and one of the facets of Deauville. These varied, dense, sometimes intimate or fun photographs contribute to building up, year after year, the 21st century’s photographic memory of the city.
It’s a unique initiative, embracing the present and projecting into the future.
Every year, most of the orders give priority to international photography.
 

2019 exhibitions

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THE YOUNG TALENT SPRINGBOARD

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Young talents are gifted with residencies and the photo prize is awarded by a jury of professionals

To favour emerging photography, young talents are invited and assisted, their exhibition economically supported, and the winner awarded. The emerging talents, in residence in Deauville, produce a photographic work which is presented to the public during the Festival and is judged by photography professional and by the public itself. Young talents are always supported and assisted during the cultural festivals of Deauville.

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CARTE BLANCHE

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The view of an artist on the city

This section was created in 2017 to invite cultural personalities who love and practise photography - yet they continue to pursue their career - to exhibit their photos in Deauville. The selected artist must have a strong connection with the city for personal or professional reasons.

Claude Lelouch, 2019 guest

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BEACH EXHIBITION

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A retrospective with beach pictures on the beach where they were taken

This section, which does not include any photographic residencies, shows the long and intense collaboration between Deauville and photography. The first photographer to inaugurate this section was Peter Knapp -fashion photographer-, followed by Roger Shall, reporter for magazine Vu in 1934.

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THE LONGINES 25TH HOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTEST

 

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A singular order to make the best win

The 25th hour contest, a festive event open to everybody, invites photography lovers to gather and challenge themselves on a night order about an imaginary subject: the 25th hour.

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THE OFF

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Other passionate views on the city

The exhibitions of the Off Festival, made by photographers with a strong connection with Deauville and Normandy, is hosted in singular places of the city like private manors, halls of great hotels, certain shops and restaurants. Deauville and its various aspects are the main theme of this Festival section, whose participants know very well the city and its identity.