The history of the festival

2020 an edition " spéciale "

Since its creation, Planches Contact has positioned itself as one of the rare festivals whose production is based on the principle of public commission; over the years it has become a real laboratory for observing the territory through images.

Its 11th edition confirms more than ever the singularity of the festival, the production and presentation of works by selected photographers invited to Deauville, in creative residency, in the months leading up to its opening to the public. If the arrival of the pandemic and its consequences on an international scale have shaken up Planches Contact's program and calendars, they have also opened up new fields of artistic exploration for this 2020 edition. An edition that its artistic director Laura Serani describes as "special", both by the subjects treated, often inherent to the new context, with an approach where documentary approach and authorial work have been more closely linked than ever; but also by the general state of mind that developed during the residencies. Maintaining a festival during and despite a critical period such as the current one is very important for artists who are violently affected economically, but also for a city and its inhabitants.

The festival has readjusted to the closing of the borders: the residencies of photographers coming from the African and Australian continents have been postponed to next year, while some, planned for 2021, have been anticipated, with a more European photography oriented programming. For the second consecutive year, Planches Contact is opening up to the whole of Normandy, offering guest photographers the opportunity to explore the region, beyond the city, on the coast, in the countryside and towards other urban agglomerations. Already part of the festival's DNA, giant and outdoor exhibitions are privileged and thus offer to all eyes a glimpse of the complexity and richness of the contemporary photographic scene.


Created in 2010 at the initiative of the City of Deauville, the Festival Planches Contact, invites each year a selection of photographers in residence, thus inviting them to take a singular look at Deauville and the neighbouring territories. During these periods of immersion and exchange, the artists transmit - each with their own language - their vision of Deauville, of a territory and its evolution, from the Normandy coasts to the big cities nearby, through the landscapes of the Pays d'Auge. Each edition of the Festival Planches Contact associates the crossed glances of recognized photographers, emerging artists and promising young talents.