The editings of Jacques Rocher
Enlightening the world through the photographer’s lens
Major environmental and social challenges lie at the heart the La Gacilly Photo Festival and have shaped its programme for 16 years now, raising awareness and enlightening the world through the photographer’s lens. Such is the vision of this unique photography festival.
The La Gacilly Photo Festival has always taken a long-term perspective, firmly convinced that culture and especially photography – the ideal medium for conveying emotions and an open outlook – can be used to enhance the area’s appeal. Over the years, the Festival has become a highlight on the national and international photography calendar and there is now even a sister event in Baden, Austria.
I would like to thank our public, private and technical partners along with all the municipal staff and the active members of the La Gacilly Photo Festival association.
For the village of La Gacilly, culture is key to creating a community that respects and embraces our differences. This is why, in 2018, we inaugurated the Artémisia cultural and congress centre where everyone can come and discover artists working in an array of disciplines, all year round.
Mayor of La Gacilly and founder of the La Gacilly Photo Festival
© Éric Garault
The editings of Auguste Coudray
A photography festival with a committed stance
Every year, the La Gacilly Photo Festival attracts over 300,000 visitors to Brittany and 200,000 to Baden in Austria. Thanks to its presence in railway stations across Brittany and Paris, it also reaches out to hundreds of thousands of passengers between early June and late September. Add to that the several million views shared on social media in over 45 countries, and we can safely conclude that the dream has
come true! The La Gacilly Photo Festival is alive and flourishing! It astounds, surprises, disturbs, disconcerts, challenges and enriches our lives. It veers from the paths reserved for contemporary art and reaches out to local people, tourists, travellers, bloggers and internet users of every generation. It connects them to the same reality, wherever they are. It brings people together, virtually and in real life. It
is now natural to see passers-by take photographs of the prints on show and of the people looking at them, ready to post online. People have adopted the Festival as their own.
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The editings of Stéphanie Retière
A common good for photography
The La Gacilly Photo Festival is a story of friendship between people and an affection for photography. This dyad has been at the heart of the Festival since it was founded in 2004 and continues to motivate the team that is contributing to the 16 th edition this year.
Fuelled by this energy, the La Gacilly Photo Festival has found its place as one of the biggest events on the photography calendar. It stands out not only for the way in which it shares and promotes photography, but also for the support it provides to photographers.
After all, where would the Festival be without its photographers? They inspire us, question us and, every summer, they unite us for four whole months! Fans, professionals, day-trippers or passers-by all come together for a couple of hours here, in this village, with its windows open on to the complexity of the world, to contemplate the environmental and social issues that the Festival has always endeavoured to address and which constitute its identity. A genuine sense of togetherness emerges from this encounter between the images and the public. A relationship forms, a dialogue is established, a debate; the public space becomes an Agora and even strangers start to converse.
© Kasia Strek
The editings of Cyril Drouhet
The renaissance is now!
“When we dream alone, it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the
beginning of a new reality.”
Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000) A photography festival that seeks to use the power of images to highlight the extremely fragile beauty of our planet? We can already hear the cries of the Cassandras out there, wringing their hands and scaremongering with claims that ecological realism is floundering, and that there is no point hoping that civilisation will soon restore the balance it long enjoyed with its environment. They may turn out to be right. The recent social unrest in France has overshadowed legitimate concerns about the transition to renewable energy, the end of pesticide use and the protection of ecosystems. Slogans have been cast, initially motivated by fears of impoverishment in a two-tier society. “We care about end of the month, not the end of the world!” was one such cry in a now almost systematic protest about the difficulties faced by many in making ends meet at the end of the month.
© Elena Chernyshova