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Riboud, Marc (1923 - 2016)

Born in a wealthy family, Marc Riboud is destined to a prestigious career like those of his brothers, Jean who would preside the Schlumberger bank and Antoine, the Danone company. Yet, in 1936, Marc’s father gets him a Leica camera and tells him, ‘If you can’t talk, maybe could you look.’ He then takes his first pictures at the Universal Exposition of 1937 before deciding, in the late 1940s, to become a professional photographer. In 1953, the French photographer is published in Life, thanks to an iconic and merry portrait, that of Zazou, a painter gracefully painting the Eiffel Tower, on balance, above Paris. Invited by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson who tells him he has ‘ a compass in the eye’, Marc Riboud enters the Magnum agency. In 1955, advised by Robert Capa to go to London ‘to see girls and learn English’, he then travels to India and China before returning to North Vietnam where he tends to depict the dignity and tranquil force of the people with intimate images. Yet it is far from the conflicted country that he will produce his most symbolic image of the war when, in Washington, in 1967, a young girl, Jan Rose Kasmir, approaches soldiers, facing their bayonets with a flower. Little could a flower do against guns but much did this gesture (and its depiction) do as an anti-war icon.
 

Marc Riboud, -Hassidim on the way to the Western Wall, Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, 1972
Marc Riboud, -Hassidim on the way to the Western Wall, Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, 1972
Marc Riboud, Untitled, Afghanistan, 1956
Marc Riboud, Untitled, Afghanistan, 1956
Marc Riboud, This soldier of the popular army of China keeps the People's Palace, Tian An Men Square, Beijing, 1971
Marc Riboud, This soldier of the popular army of China keeps the People's Palace, Tian An Men Square, Beijing, 1971
Marc Riboud, Beijing, 2005
Marc Riboud, Beijing, 2005
Marc Riboud, Billy Rose Garden, Israel Museum, 1972
Marc Riboud, Billy Rose Garden, Israel Museum, 1972
Marc Riboud, Bora Bora, 1972
Marc Riboud, Bora Bora, 1972
Marc Riboud, California, 1959
Marc Riboud, California, 1959
Marc Riboud, Cemetery, Fez, Morocco, 1971
Marc Riboud, Cemetery, Fez, Morocco, 1971
Marc Riboud, Chinese peasants, 1965
Marc Riboud, Chinese peasants, 1965
Marc Riboud, Divorce, Chinese-style, Peking, 1965
Marc Riboud, Divorce, Chinese-style, Peking, 1965
Marc Riboud, North of Ghana, in a village cut off from the modern world, the cheerful and bare children run up at the arrival of their first Westerner, Ghana, 1960
Marc Riboud, North of Ghana, in a village cut off from the modern world, the cheerful and bare children run up at the arrival of their first Westerner, Ghana, 1960
Marc Riboud, Untitled, Ghana, 1960
Marc Riboud, Untitled, Ghana, 1960
Marc Riboud, Gong Li, China, 1993
Marc Riboud, Gong Li, China, 1993
Marc Riboud, Untitled, Iran, 1955
Marc Riboud, Untitled, Iran, 1955
Marc Riboud, Young woman with flower, Washington, 1967
Marc Riboud, Young woman with flower, Washington, 1967
Marc Riboud, Little rabbit, Garden of Mandarin Yu, Shanghai, 2002
Marc Riboud, Little rabbit, Garden of Mandarin Yu, Shanghai, 2002
Marc Riboud, Listening to Ho Chi Minh's will, Phat Diem, N. Vietnam, 1969
Marc Riboud, Listening to Ho Chi Minh's will, Phat Diem, N. Vietnam, 1969
Marc Riboud, Maternity, Calcutta, India, 1971
Marc Riboud, Maternity, Calcutta, India, 1971
Marc Riboud, New housing development, French Hill, Jerusalem, 1974
Marc Riboud, New housing development, French Hill, Jerusalem, 1974
Marc Riboud, Ball of Independence, Nigeria, 1960
Marc Riboud, Ball of Independence, Nigeria, 1960
Marc Riboud, Organ grinder, East End, London, 1954
Marc Riboud, Organ grinder, East End, London, 1954
Marc Riboud, The Duke of Windsor  established a clinic for cats and dogs, Paris, 1953
Marc Riboud, The Duke of Windsor established a clinic for cats and dogs, Paris, 1953
Marc Riboud, Peking, 1965
Marc Riboud, Peking, 1965
Marc Riboud, Public park, Hanoi, North Vietnam
Marc Riboud, Public park, Hanoi, North Vietnam
Marc Riboud, Publicity is ever-present, like the Maoist politics of yesteryear, Shangai, 2002
Marc Riboud, Publicity is ever-present, like the Maoist politics of yesteryear, Shangai, 2002
Marc Riboud, Docker, Shanghai, 1965
Marc Riboud, Docker, Shanghai, 1965
Marc Riboud,  In summer, life takes back its rights in alleyways, Shanghai, 2005
Marc Riboud, In summer, life takes back its rights in alleyways, Shanghai, 2005
Marc Riboud, The antique dealers' street, Beijing, 1965
Marc Riboud, The antique dealers' street, Beijing, 1965
Marc Riboud, Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1953
Marc Riboud, Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1953
Marc Riboud, In the wings of a night club, Tokyo, 1958
Marc Riboud, In the wings of a night club, Tokyo, 1958
Marc Riboud, Untitled, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, 1954
Marc Riboud, Untitled, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, 1954
Marc Riboud, Shot throughout the Eiffel Tower, 1964
Marc Riboud, Shot throughout the Eiffel Tower, 1964
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