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DEPARDON, Raymond

PORTRAIT-DEPARDON-2014-02Born in 1942 in France.

Lives and works in France.


Raymond Depardon joined the Dalmas agency in 1960 and co-founded Gamma in 1966 with Hubert Henrotte, Hugues Vassal and Léonard de Raemy. He directed his first documentary on Czechoslovakia in 1969 and became head of the agency in 1973. His work went international in 1974 when he photographed anthropologist Françoise Claustre while she was held hostage in Chad.

Depardon became president of Magnum Photos in 1978 and directed Reporters for which he was awarded the 1981 César (the French Oscar) for the best documentary. In 1985 New York NY won the César for the best short film.

In 1989 he photographed the fall of the Berlin Wall and was awarded the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1991. After directing Délits flagrants in 1995, he held his first major photography exhibition, Détours, in 2000 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. In 2001 he released Profils paysans: l’approche, the first instalment of his film trilogy dedicated to rural France and completed it with Profils paysans: le quotidien (2005) and La vie moderne (2008).

Among his many books are Correspondance New-Yorkaise (1981) and Errances, (2002). Since 2004 he has been working on a photographic survey of France, due for completion in 2010.


Depardon was artistic director of the 2006 Rencontres d’Arles, where he was the guest of honor. He presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 1990, at the espace des Arènes