French photographer Lucien Clergue turns 80 next month, to mark this milestone we’re taking a look at his hugely successful photography festival in France and offering the final print in one of his most sought after editions.
This week marks the opening of Les Recontres d’Arles photography festival in Arles, France. Taking place across 22 different venues, and showcasing some of the world’s most celebrated photographers, Les Recontres d’Arles has been an unmissable fixture on the photography calendar for over 40 years. This year highlights will include David Bailey’s Stardust, Martin Parr and Wassinklundgren’s The Chinese Photobook and this year’s Prix Pictet Award, all against the backdrop of the beautiful coastal city of Arles.
Les Recontres d’Arles was founded in 1970 by BEETLES+HUXLEY represented photographer Lucien Clergue. Turning 80 next month, Clergue has had a long and fruitful career as a fine art photographer, which began at the age of just 19. It was Picasso who first showed a real interest in Clergue’s work, demanding to see more from the young photographer after seeing his gypsy portraits. 60 years later and Lucien Clergue now sits firmly in the realm of 20th century master photographers, as well as continuing to create new work.
One of Clergues most celebrated bodies of work is his Nu Zebre series. These brillianty executed nudes, which use low-key natural light to create patterns which drape across the sitter, are amongst the artist’s best selling photographs. The project’s seminal Nu Zebre, New York, 1997 is now in the final print of its edition of 30.
This is the last opportunity to own this phenomenally beautiful original photograph.