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Born: Villefranche-sur-Saone, France, 1942.

Raymond Depardon (JPG, 4 KB)

Raymond Depardon has helped revolutionize photojournalism in France over the past 30 years. His first photographs were taken on his parents' farm in 1954. After working for the Delmas agency (1960­1962), in 1967 he founded the Gamma agency with Gilles Caron, Hubert Henrotte and Hugues Vassal. As a press photographer he has carried out assignments all over the world, from Chile to Chad and Venice to Afghanistan. A witness to the revolution in Chad, in 1978 he published the collectionTchad. Around the same time, he joined the Magnum agency, of which he is currently European vice-president. He has covered nearly all the leading events of the past twenty years, from Vietnam to the fall of the Berlin wall and the Lebanon war. From La Captive du désert (1989­90) to Paris (1997), from Afrique: comment ça va avec la douleur? (1996) to Amour (commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in 1997), Depardon's films are an extension of his commitment as a photographer to going out to meet the Other.

Fondation Cartier

Construire (French-language)
Fondation Cartier
Internet Movie Database
Magnum Photos 50 Years
Portraits de Mots: Raymond Depardon (French-language)

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