Au revoir, Marc Riboud !

Au revoir, Marc Riboud !

Marc Riboud, iconic figure of photography, died August 30 2016, at the age of 93. From 1957 until the end of his life, he has visited China 22 times, leaving many precious images of this country with which he has created a special attachment.

Marc Riboud is born in 1923 in Saint-Genis-Laval near Lyon. In 1937 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris he takes his first photos using a small vest pocket Kodak given to him by his father for his 14th birthday. In 1944 he joins the resistance in the Vercors. From 1945 – 1948 he studies engineering at the Ecole Centrale in Lyon and starts to work. Three years after he decides to become a photographer.

In 1953 his photograph of a painter on the Eiffel Tower appears in Life Magazine. This is his first publication.

Invited by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa he joins Magnum Photos agency.

Calcutta, India, 1956

In 1955, he travels by road through the Middle East and Afghanistan to India and stays for one year. In 1957 he travels from Calcutta to China making the first of what will be many long stays. His road trip to the East ends in Japan where he finds the subject for what will become his first book, Women of Japan.
In 1960, after a three-month stay in the USSR, he covers the struggles for independence in Algeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. Between 1968 and 1969 he photographs in both South and North Vietnam, one of the rare photographers allowed entry.

Washington D.C., October 21, 1967. During a march on the Pentagon to protest the war in Vietnam, Jan Rose Kasmir presented a wonderful picture of peace-loving American youth.

Iran, 1979. Ayatollak Khomeiny gazes sternly from the walls of Theran, where he imposed Islamic fundamentalism as soon as he returned to Iran.

In the 80s and 90s, he returns regularly in Orient and Far East, especially in Angkor and Huang Shan, but he also follows the rapid and considerable change of China, a country he has been looking at for thirty years.

In 2011 Marc Riboud makes a dation in payment of 192 original prints made between 1953 and 1977 to the National Museum of Modern Art (Centre Georges Pompidou), Paris.

His work is exhibited in numerous museums and galleries in Paris, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, etc. He has received many awards including two prizes from the Overseas Press Club, the ICP Infinity Award and the Nadar prize for his book Into the Orient published by Xavier Barral.

Wangfujing, Beijing, 1957

Beijing University, 1957

Place Tian'anmen, 1957

Wedding, Beijing, 1957

Street show, Beijing, 1957

Mao Zedong during a banquet for the reception of the Polish Prime minister, Beijing, 1957

Antique shop window, Liulichang, Beijing, 1965

Students, before the Cultural Revolution, Beijing, 1965

Young soldier in front of the People's Palace in Beijing, 1965

Statue of Mao Zedong in Wuhan, 1971

Zhou Enlai explains that he learnt two things in France - where he lived in the 20s: 1, Marxism, 2, Leninism, Beijing, 1971

Huangshan, 1983

Guangzhou, 1992

Shenzhen, 1993

Gong Li, in Shandong, 1993

Shanghai, 2002

The eyes, advertisement for a car brand, Shanghai, 2002

Copyright © Marc Riboud






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