This photograph is part of a set of images that echo the works of various artists whose work dealt with Provence and which have contributed and still contribute to the reputation of Arles. This is a photographic survey that makes references to the daguerreotype image of the Arles Roman circus produced by Charles Isidore Choiselat and Stanislas Ratel, during their 1851 heliographic mission. The purpose of this important 19th century mission was to take stock and protect the existing French monuments in order to preserve the national heritage. The present photograph, taken at the very same position as that of the 19th century photographers, makes it possible to establish a direct reference to a work made in Arles and yet provides a contemporary reinterpretation of the site.
Born in Montauban in 1988, Steven Daniel lives and works in Paris. He graduated from the Toulouse Fine Art School in 2011 and from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Photography in 2014. In 2012, he did a residence project in the New York International Centre of Photography. His work has been shown in several collective exhibitions, including the Rencontres d’Arles 2014, where he was invited by Olympus to show his photographic encounter with Denis Rouvre within the framework of the project “Olympus organizes a photographic conversation”, as well as in the gallery des Filles du Calvaire in Paris in 2016 during the show entitled “Exchanges of views“.