Pierre de Quiqueran de Beaujeu, writer and illustrious character of the Arlesian nobility on the XVIe century, praised enthusiastically Arles and Provence in his writings set in three volumes: Petri Quiquerani Bellojocani, episcopi Senecensis de laudibus Provinciae, libri tres. He wrote about the fauna and the flora, the gastronomy, the geography, the customs and habits of the region.
When describing the Camargaise ferrade (bull branding), Pierre de Quiquéran de Beaujeu makes for the first a reference to the history of bulls in Camargue. This diptych which represents the two Arlesian elements that pertain to its floklore, its gastronomy and to its landscapes – the olive and the Camargue bull – claims to be an evocation of the praise to the Pays d’Arles made in the XVIe century.
Elsa Leydier was born in 1988 in France. After studying languages, she entered the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2012 and graduated in 2015. In her photographic work, she aims to interrogate images that are used to define iconic places and territories, that she tries to show from other points of view, through the prism of alternative and lesser stories. Her work has been shown in several shows like in Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Arles, France), in Le Réverbère Gallery (Lyon, France), Chez Agnès b. and Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery (Paris, France), among others. She currently lives and works between Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Lyon (France).