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SILVESTER, Hans

Born 1938, Lörrach, Germany.

Hans Silvester embodies the emblematic figure of the globetrotting photographer whose generous and concerned gaze unceasingly takes in the multiplicity of the peoples with whom he comes in contact. No sooner had he graduated from the École de Fribourg than he took to the road, producing acclaimed photo reports (Camargue, 1960). In 1965 he joined the Rapho agency and became an important contributor to major international magazines. In the 1980s Hans Silvester became an environmental activist, documenting deforestation, rural exodus, and the ravages of globalization throughout five continents. While pursuing his travels and explorations, he has lived and worked in Provence since 1962.