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from January 28 to February 18, 2022 

Didier Bizet / Charlotte Boiron / Valérie Fresco / Aref Joftkar / Janek Kindel / Sébastien Lavallée  / Tolojanahary Ranaivosoa  / Irène Valitutto / Yue WuKindel

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The End? Tourism and health crises 

A relevant theme and a fruitful and renewed collaboration between Sorbonne Artgallery and IREST.

Since 2020,  COVID-19 pandemic  had a strong impact on the tourism sector, its players, and the practices and imaginations of travellers. The theme of this edition of the IREST photo competition thus invites photographers to question themselves and testify the changing that are taking place in tourism and the problems that theses crises accentuate ang bring  light to . Their eyes accompany us on a journey through contradictions, fears, desires, a new form of tourists and those that will remain the same.  Tourism  is taking a new shape which persists, which reproduces itself identically, but also which can be reinvented in different spaces, other places.


The Institute for Research and Higher Studies in Tourism (IREST) was created in 1961. It is a multidisciplinary institute within the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne which offers a wide range of training, from Professional Bachelor's degree in Masters in the fields of tourist development, heritage enhancement, hotels and the management of tourist activities and international tourism, in Paris and abroad. Research activities are structured within the IREST (Interdisciplinary Research Team on Tourism) which is made up of geographers, anthropologists, economists, researchers in management sciences, historians, historians of art and sociologists working on tourism in an interdisciplinary approach. IREST coordinates the activities of the UNESCO Chair “Culture, Tourism, Development” and the International UNITWIN UNESCO network made up of several universities located on five continents.


Dimitri BECK (Director of Photography, POLKA), Gianluigi DI GIANGIROLAMO (Head of Communication at IREST), Francesca COMINELLI (MCF in Economics of Cultural Heritage, IREST-EIREST, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Emmanuelle de l'Ecotais (Director of Photo Days), Michel Tiard (President of AIDA-IREST), Yann TOMA (Professor and artist, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Director of Sorbonne ArtGallery).


With billions of photos posted on social networks every day, photography is more than ever the universal language of contemporary society. It is certainly the most immediate and popular medium for transmitting emotions and a vision of the world. Practically since its invention, photography has also been one of the main activities of travelers around the world, capable of creating and circulating multiple imaginaries. This is why the IREST would like to encourage photographers to share their work which testifies to the transformations of the tourist sector and the issues and conflicts it raises.  

Thanks to Francesca Cominelli, GianLuigi Di Giangirolamo and the entire IREST team.


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