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Raymond Depardon

From his hometown of Villefranche-sur-Saône to the limits of the Arab world, via Africa and the Far East, Raymond Depardon (b. 1942) captures images and testimonies that combine poetry and realism. In 1966, along with Gilles Caron, he founds his own photography agency: Gamma. Then, in 1979, he joins Magnum Photos. Director as well as photographer, Raymond Depardon makes documentaries since the 1960s. His works on the French society, justice, psychiatry or politics are a success.

Awarded with many prices (Prix Georges Sadoul in 1979, Grand Prix national de la photographie in 1991), he won the César of the best documentary for Reporters (1981) and Délits flagrants (1994) and the Louis Delluc Price for La Vie moderne (2008).

Since 2004, Raymond Depardon criss-crosses the roads to take photographs of the French territory with a view camera. This work, untitled “La France de Raymond Depardon” has been exhibited at the BNF in 2010. In 2006, he founds, along with Diane Dufour, Le BAL, a project by the association Les Amis de Magnum, over which he presides.

Traverser is his third book published at the Éditions Xavier Barral, after 06 Alpes-Maritimes (2007) and Méditerranée (2013). 

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