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Raymond Depardon
French, b. 1942
Raymond Depardon focuses on the consequences of urban development in the second half of the 20th century: factories for sale on the periphery of cities surrounded by dozens of car parks, peri-urban areas that swallow up small cities and villages, overexploitation of coastal and high mountain areas...

“I visited very different places, with very different stories. I’ve made it a rule to keep a dist Read full story
Featured Essays
Jul 26, 2017
In July 1981, French newspaper Libération published a photo a day from New York by Raymond Depardon, accompanied by humorous, observational notes in the captions. It was a landmark achievement in Depardon's career, and an example of the rise of “new journalism,” which emphasized quotidian experiences and subjective, first-person perspectives.
Thirty-six years later, they revisited the project: over... More...
May 28, 2017
Colour appeared in Raymond Depardon's first photographs from the very start. He was only sixteen. Since then, colour has been part of the highlights of his career: the years discovering photography, the first trips to Africa, the great reportages, then this "sweet moment" which gives the exhibition its title. The exhibition presents about 160 colour photographs, most unpublished. Taking colour as a... More...
Magnum News
Jul 15, 2016
Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon has been chosen to receive the Legion d'Honneur. Consisting of five degrees, the award is the highest French honor conveyed upon civilians and members of the military.

Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. Apprenticed to a photographer-optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône, he left... More...
Jul 8, 2016
Centre Culturel Juliobona, Lillebonne (France), presents from September 14 to December 10, 2016 the exhibition “Farmer’s Earth” by Raymond Depardon.

Raymond Depardon’s obsession with his parents’ farm and his feeling of having abandoned it is implicit in his early work as a photographer and film-maker travelling around the world.
With the publication of La Ferme du Garet in 1995, he at long last explores... More...
Featured Essays
Apr 8, 2016
“I leave for the roads of France, from Charleville-Mézières to Nice, from Sète to Cherbourg. I will stop at houses, shops, town hall squares. I seek to meet the French to hear them talk. Talk of what? I do not know yet. I arranged an old caravan, fixed a camera, some microphones and I invite people I just meet in the streets to continue with their conversation, here in front of us, without any obligation,... More...