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THÉROND, Roger

POR_THERONDBorn in 1924 in Sète.

Died in 2001 in Paris.


In 1945, he joins the Écran français as film critic, with the support of Jacques Prévert. Three years later, in 1948, he becomes a reporter at Samedi Soir just before signing up at Jean Prouvost’s Paris-Match, in 1949, as its youngest ever managing editor. He is editor in chief at Match in 1962 and leaves the magazine in 1968. He is invited by Françoise Giroud to join L’Express as consulting editor. With Walter Carone and André Lacaze, he launches Photo magazine and joins Publications Filipacchi. In 1976, Daniel Filipacchi acquires Paris-Match and appoints Roger Thérond as its director.

In 1980 Thérond and Jean-Luc Monterosso create the Grand Prix Paris Match for photojournalism, in the context of Paris’ Photography Month. This prize is awarded by the weekly magazine every two years to a photojournalist working in daily news. Two years later, Thérond is named vice-president and editorial director of the Hachette-Filipacchi Press Group. In 1989, with Michel Decron, Jean Lelièvre and Jean-François Leroy, he founds Visa pour l’Image, the world’s largest international photojournalism event. In 1996 he becomes president of the editorial committee of Hachette-Filipacchi Media and a member of the board of Lagardère Group.

He quits Paris Match in 1999, after a half century in which he effectively ‘created’ the magazine, and marks the occasion by exhibiting, for the first time, his collection of photographic images at the Maison Européenne de la Photo. It’s one of the most beautiful collections in the world, its images having the effect of turning contemporary events into an extraordinary adventure. He is also a top collector of nineteenth-century photographs. He married Astrid Doutreleau, an Arles native, in 1971, and had four children: Émilie, Éléonore, Ève and Tristan.

From its very inception he was a supporter of Rencontres d’Arles, and was a member of its governing council until his death.