Festival Photo Reporter, St Brieuc, Brittany, France

I have just arrived in St Brieuc for the inaugural Festival Photo Reporter after a long flight from Boston and a train ride from Paris. The sky is steel grey and the air damp but the welcome at the Gare TGV from the festival organizers was warm. Great to meet the team who put this new and unconventional festival together. Alexandre Solacolu conceived the 2 week event to exhibit the work of fifteen photographers who received significant grants totaling 150,000 Euros from the festival jurors Jean Francois Leroy, Ruth Eichorn and Guillaume Clavieres for the production of new work. Everything here is previously unseen and paid for by the festival which is a great initiative as photographers increasingly struggle to find the resources to initiate new projects. Festival Artistic Director and former Director of Photography at Paris Match Didier Rapaud describes it as a laboratory.  I hope the experiment for the town of St Brieuc is as rewarding as it has been for the photographers. I look forward to seeing the exhibitions tomorrow.