Wednesday, August 31, 2016

“Great humanist”, “Surveyor” and “walker” who was the photographer Marc Riboud? – USAinformations

The French photographer Marc Riboud died Tuesday at the age of 93 following a long illness, his family said on Wednesday 31 August. It is particularly famous for his photographs The girl at the flower and The Painter of the Eiffel Tower that have made history. Passed by the Magnum agency, under the leadership of Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud won numerous awards and his work has been published in many magazines.

Thanks to the testimonies of his relatives , USAinformations tells you that was Marc Riboud.

A “great humanist”

“He was the bridge between two styles the humanist photographer and photojournalist hardcore “, says Alain Genestar, publication director of the photojournalism magazine Polka, that the photographer was one of the sponsors. “It was above all a great humanist , confirms Adélie de Ipanema, director of the Polka gallery, Paris, a photographer who, unlike many of those in this generation, actually took the time to take pictures “.

” Marc Riboud always brought a sweetness “ to images, still tells Adélie de Ipanema USAinformations. “In his pictures, there’s a lot of love for people. Even in a time of challenge, it will look a picture of peace. He also refused to photograph war” says the gallery owner.

Every year, on the occasion of Paris Photo, the international fair of photography, Marc Riboud invited to dinner at his photographers and gallery owners around the world. “He was a unifier, responding to all requests, whether from their friends or young photographers who wrote to him” , explains the gallery owner.

A “surveyor”

the co-founder of the Magnum agency, Henri Cartier-Bresson, called “the surveyor” says Adélie de Ipanema . “When he looked at a draw, he returned, to ensure that even upside down, its image has meaning” , she says. Marc Riboud thus became a master of composition, “With the personalized attention to shapes, including round” . Without absolutely reject color, Marc Riboud also remained faithful to the photography in black and white, in which the composition is critical.

The nickname of “surveyor” is also a wink to the youth of Marc Riboud. Having gone underground in the Vercors, in 1943-1944, the young man studied at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, from 1945 to 1948. He then worked as an engineer in a factory Villeurbanne where he fails to return after a leave of eight days, during which he decided to devote himself to photography

 a woman in front of photogrpahie & quot; the  Painter of the Eiffel tower & quot ;, in a  retrospective of Marc Riboud, Guangzhou ( China),  25 lai 2012.
a woman in front of photogrpahie” the Painter of the Eiffel tower “, during a retrospective of Marc Riboud, Guangzhou (China), 25 lai 2012. (CHEN Yehua / Xinhua / AFP)

in 1952, he arrived in Paris where he met Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, the creators of the Magnum agency. They will be his mentors. He joined the agency in 1953, as published in Life the famous picture of Zazou, the painter in overalls and sneakers that painted girders of the Eiffel Tower.

A “poet”

the photo of Painter of the Eiffel tower “c is the birth of the great photographer Marc Riboud , told USAinformations Alain Genestar . Marc Riboud does not surrender the Eiffel tower by chance. He knows there is work. He photographed the painter. He just took a film. It took a dozen photos and this photo made the cover of Life . ”

If the photo ready to smile, it is also footprint tenderness. Alain Genestar evokes the “great poetry” Riboud, which is also found in Girl with the flower . Taken October 21, 1967 in Washington (USA), the snapshot captures a young activist against the war in Vietnam, to the Pentagon. The schoolgirl Jane Rose Kasmir y opposes a flower with American soldiers bayonets.

a person nettoire a run of & quot; girl  with the flower & quot ;, by Marc Riboud,  exposed the gate of the garden of Luxembourg, 8  June 2005.
someone nettoire a run of “the girl with flower”, Marc Riboud, exposed on the gate of the garden of Luxembourg, 8 June 2005. (DAMIEN MEYER / AFP)

A “walker”

Marc Riboud, who does not like to mingle amid photographers, was first traveled to England, the USA, before the world tour. In 1957 he was one of the first Europeans to browse Communist China and returns there regularly. He became the first witness of the Cultural Revolution launched by Mao Zedong in the 1960s as he traveled in Algeria, in many other African countries, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Japan, Cuba. In spring 2010, at age 87, he returned to China on the occasion of a retrospective of his works in Shanghai and Beijing.

A visitor observes photographs of Marc  Riboud, when exposure & quot; & quot ;, Cuba  under the Visa pour l'image festival in Perpignan,  31 August 2016.
A visitor observes photographs of Marc Riboud at the exhibition” Cuba “, under the Visa pour l’image festival in Perpignan, 31 August 2016. ( RAYMOND ROIG / AFP)

“it was called the walker” , tells the team Polka magazine . A discreet walker, shy and taciturn. “Capa sent me take pictures of a town called Leeds [UK] . I’m going there with a young journalist. After four or five days the reporter tired of walking around with someone who does not speak. Then he returned to London. I, at that time, I was delighted “, telling the photographer in France Culture, 2006.

“for him, nothing is written in advance and it is not because we belong to a family of bankers and industrialists of this good city of Lyon we do not take to their heels “ wrote s one wife Catherine Chaine in 2011.

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