Arles (dpa) - Photos documenting the Spanish cultural revolution in bright colors and works by the German photographer Germaine Krull: With 50 exhibitions, the photo festival in Arles, southern France, which is considered the largest of its kind in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In addition to Krull, who caused a sensation as a "pioneer of the New Sight" with portraits of artist friends and reportages between 1920 and 1940, Helen Levitt honors an icon of American street photography that died in 2009.
Levitt became internationally known with poetic images of poor and playing children in New York. Under the title "Observer of the New York Streets" are now some of the everyday photographs in Arles in the "Espace Van Gogh" to see. Rencontres d'Arles, lasting until 22 September, are organized in the numerous museums, art centers and historical sites of the southern French city.
Among the highlights is the exhibition "Photography brute", which combines photo montages and collages of amateur photographers living on the margins of society. Around 500 exhibits by 53 artists are on show, including the photographic reproduction of Karel Forman's flat designed as an installation. The former boxer and baker covered his entire apartment in a small village in Moravia with thousands of photos from magazines - including furniture.