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RAYMOND DEPARDON

9 February 2014

The Grand Palais in Paris is currently hosting the first exhibition of French photographer Raymond Depardon's work, which closes this week. The self-taught photojournalist and documentary film-maker started taking photos on his family farm aged 12, worked as a photographer's apprentice in the 50s before moving to Paris, going on to start photography agency Gamma and joining Magnum Photos. From the 60s to present day, Depardon travelled the world to cover conflict zones from Algeria, Vietnam and Chad, he received a Pulitzer Prize in the 70s, made several short documentaries and feature films for which he won at the César Award and was nominated at the Palme d'Or and he took the official portrait of French President François Hollande in 2012.  Quite the career.

Raymond Depardon photography Oruro, Bolivia, 2008
 Oruro, Bolivia, 2008
Raymond Depardon, Glasgow, Scotland, 1980
Glasgow, Scotland, 1980

The expo shows previously unseen colour photos from the past and present alongside his lonely cityscapes, vast rural landscapes and black and white portraits from his travels all over the world.  Great collection of work from a talented artist, although I would have liked to have seen some of his films displayed too.

Raymond Depardon at the Grand Palais 
14 November 2013 - 10 February 2014 

Raymond Depardon, On the road before La Paz, Bolivia, 2005
On the road before La Paz, Bolivia, 2005

Raymond Depardon, Richard Nixon presidential campaign tour, Kentucky USA, 1968
Richard Nixon presidential campaign tour, Kentucky USA, 1968

Raymond Depardon Hara, Ethiopia, 2013
  Hara, Ethiopia, 2013 

Raymond Depardon, Che Guevara base camp, South Santiago, Chile, 1971
 Che Guevara base camp, South Santiago, Chile, 1971

Raymond Depardon, Harar, Ethiopia, 2013
 Harar, Ethiopia, 2013 

Raymond Depardon, Beirut, Lebanon, 1978
 Beirut, Lebanon, 1978 

Raymond Depardon, Harar, Ethiopia, 2013
 Harar, Ethiopia, 2013 

Raymond Depardon, Etretat, Normandy, France
Etretat, Normandy, France 

Raymond Depardon 1960s starlets, France
  1960s starlets, France 

Raymond Depardon travel photography Glasgow, Scotland, 1980
Glasgow, Scotland, 1980

Raymond Depardon Puerto del Hambre, Chile, 2007
 Puerto del Hambre, Chile, 2007 

Raymond Depardon, Glasgow, Scotland, 1980
Glasgow, Scotland, 1980

Raymond Depardon Les Saisies, 1992 Olympic Games, Albertville, France
1992 Olympic Games, Albertville, France 


Raymond Depardon, Glasgow, Scotland, 1980
Glasgow, Scotland, 1980

Raymond Depardon Los Angeles, USA, 2013
 Los Angeles, USA, 2013 

Raymond Depardon, Nice, France, 2012
 Nice, France, 2012

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