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Raymond Depardon
French, b. 1942 (Contributor)
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
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Dec 4, 2019
On November 23, dozens of marches were held in French cities to draw attention to Femicides and other forms of gender-based violence. Since the beginning of 2019, at least 115 women have been killed in France by their partners or ex-partners. This is one of the highest rates of murders linked to domestic violence in Western Europe. Using the hashtag #NousToutes (All of Us), protesters accuse the authorities... More...
Oct 12, 2018
In the tradition of the great American photographers of rural life, Raymond Depardon shows the France of Farmers – raw, simple and direct. Through his art of framing, each photograph “places the country into ‘a grid,’ cropping and itemizing it, reconstructing it as he pleases in a vast series of similarities and echoes,” writes Bruno Racine, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, in his... More...
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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...
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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...