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Raymond Depardon. Un moment si doux

© Raymond Depardon / Magnum Photos. Chile, 1971.

© Raymond Depardon / Magnum Photos. Chile, 1971.

From October 29th 2014 until March 2nd 2015 at MuCEM, 1 esplanade du J4
Marseille (France). More info: www.mucem.org/fr

Colour appeared in Raymond Depardon’s first photographs from the very start. He was only sixteen. Since then, color has been part of the highlights of his career: the years discovering photography, the first trips to Africa, the great reportages, then recently this “sweet moment” which gives the exhibition its title.

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 for Paris in 1958.

He joined the Dalmas agency in Paris in 1960 as a reporter, and in 1966 he co-founded the Gamma agency, reporting from all over the world. From 1974 to 1977, as a photographer and film-maker, he covered the kidnap of a French ethnologist, François Claustre, in northern Chad. Alongside his photographic career, he began to make documentary films: 1974, Une Partie de Campagne and San Clemente.

In 1978 Depardon joined Magnum and continued his reportage work until the publication of Notes in 1979 and Correspondance New Yorkaise in 1981. In that same year, Reporters came out and stayed on the programme of a cinema in the Latin Quarter for seven months. In 1984 he took part in the DATAR project on the French countryside. Read more…


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