July 2011: I visited Arles and the photography festival “Rencontres d'Arles 2011”. I particularly liked the work of the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. Moreover, I followed a weekly workshop given by the French photographer Jean-Christophe Béchet ( It was a very interesting and quite intense course. Jean-Christophe is not only a great photographer, but also a very good teacher/instructor, which according to my experience is a rare combination. It has been a very refreshing and inspiring week!