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Whether you’re a professional, amateur or simply an avid photographer, the Planche(s) Contact Deauville Photography Festival is well worth a visit for its many indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing work by photographers from all over the world. Visitors can also attend workshops and master classes to learn more about photography and perfect their camera skills.

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The Planche(s) Contact Deauville Photography Festival explores the work of photographers who were in residence in Deauville ahead of the opening of the festival to the general public.

For the past two years, Planches Contact has opened up to all of Normandy, offering guest photographers the opportunity to explore the region, beyond the city, coast, countryside or urban agglomerations. The event has become a real laboratory for observing the territory through images.


From the very start, the Planche(s) Contact Deauville Photography Festival has set up its exhibits both in the open air and local landmarks such as the iconic Hôtel Barrière Le Normandy. The large exhibition on the beach is one of the most important parts of the festival and can be enjoyed by anyone taking a stroll down Deauville’s famous boardwalk.

In 2021, the festival took you to the American coast, dedicating its major beach exhibit to Joel Meyerowitz, and his iconic images of Cape Cod. Deauville, capital of American cinema, had to pay tribute to the master of American photography. 

Joel Meyerowitz Portrait
© 2018 Deauville – All rights reserved
© DR
Self-portrait, Benidorm, Spain,1997



The festival has partnered with the photo4food Foundation, inviting four of its artists to display and sell their work as part of this year’s exhibition. These photos go to a local charity.

‘The aim of the foundation is to make art accessible to everyone.This initiative is our raison d’être; fighting poverty by selling photos and helping to repay our photographer’s generosity by involving them in a unique exhibition.’

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Planche(s) Contact Deauville Photography Festival