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Raymond Depardon
French, b. 1942 (Contributer)
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
Feb 20, 2018
Prince Henrik of Denmark born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat died on 13 February 2018, aged 83. He was the husband and consort of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
Henrik was born in the French commune of Talence to the old French family the Laborde de Monpezats. After being educated in France, he served in the French Army during Algerian War, then worked in the diplomatic service. Henrik... More...
Nov 1, 2017
A survey of Raymond Depardon's photography will go on display in Rio de Janerio, tracing the photographer's working relationship with colour photography.

After successful spells exhibiting at Le Grand Palais in Paris and at the MUCEM museum in Marseille, "Raymond Depardon: Un moment si doux" will next travel to the Cultural Center Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Rio de Janeiro.

Taking colour as its cue,... More...
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 The exhibition presents about 160 colour photographs, most unpublished.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...