SAM STOURDZE is the director of Les Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival.
A specialist of images, his research focuses on the contexts of their production, distribution and reception. He has studied for many years the mechanisms involved in the circulation of images, concentrating on the ties linking photography, art and cinema.
He organized a number of international exhibitions as an independent curator and published several books, notably Le Cliché-Verre de Corot à Man Ray, the retrospectives of Dorothea Lange and Tina Modotti, Chaplin et les images, Fellini, La Grande parade, or recently, Derrière le rideau – L’Esthétique Photomaton. Stourdzé received a fellowship from the Villa Medicis – French Academy in Rome. He was the director the Musée de l’Elysée and editor in chief of the Magazine ELSE from 2010 to 2014.
RongRong was born in Fujian, China in 1968, he is a contemporary photographer and the founder and director of Three Shadows Photography Art Center. RongRong produced many well-known photo series including “East Village”, “Liulitun”, “Caochangdi” and “In Fujisan” based on the critical thinking of the beauty of the human body in nature and the urban environment. RongRong’s works have been acquired by collections such as, MoMA, Getty Museum, Myriam Guy Ullens foundation, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Mori Art Museum and other distinguished private foundations. In June 2007, RongRong with his wife, a Japanese photographer, inri established the very first non-profit Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (TSPA) in China. Over the years, RongRong plays an active role in programming and curating cross-disciplinary exhibitions, seminars and salons for established and emerging photographers both in Mainland China and overseas, such as the launching of “Caochangdi Photospring: Arles in Beijing” for three consecutive years, “Nobuyoshi Araki: Sentimental Journey/Decadence in Paradise”, as well as the most celebrated “Three Shadows Photography Awards” that just achieved its seven-year milestone.