A newcomer to the long line of events devoted to nature, "Coeur de France" stands out from other festivals of its kind by its majestic setting (the Château d'Ainay le Vieil, also known as "le petit Carcassonne") and by its openness tonaturalist art in all its forms, from painting to sculpture, including drawing, land art and, of course, photography.

This one takes the lion's share of the programming. Not surprising when you know thatAlexandre Cuomo, co-founder of the Naturimages agency, is in charge. Putting his address book to good use, this Berrichon by adoption has put together an extremely varied line-up where the immaculate delicacies of Stéphane Hette, the wild ochres of Cédric Jacquet (both guests of honour) and the Kenyan snapshots of Tony Crocetta, godfather of this first edition, cohabit seamlessly. The icing on the cake is that all the artists (a few hundred in total) are present during the four days of the festival!



Chasseur d'Image June 2014