Marc Riboud Catalogue
Marc Riboud
Biography
1923-Present
Marc Riboud is born in 1923 in Lyon. At the Great Exhibition of Paris in 1937 he takes his first pictures with the small Vest-Pocket camera his father offered him. During the war, he took part in the Vercors fights. From 1945 to 1948 he studies engineering and works in a factory. After a week of holiday, during which he covers the cultural festival of Lyon, he drops his engineering job for photography.

In 1953, he publishes his famous "Eiffel Tower's painter" photograph in Life magazine and joins Magnum agency after meeting Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. Robert Capa later sends him to London to see girls and learn English. He doesn't learn that much English but photographs intensely.

In 1955, he crosses Middle-East and Afghanistan to reach India, where he remains one year. He then heads toward China for a first stay in 1957. After three months in USSR in 1960, he follows the independence movement in Algeria and Western Africa. Between 1968 and 1969 he's one of the few photographers allowed to travel in South and North Vietnam.

In 1976 he becomes president of Magnum and resigns three years later; since the 1980's he keeps travelling at his own tempo.

Marc Riboud published many books, among which the most famous are "The three banners of China", ed. Robert Laffont, "Journal", ed. Denoël, "Huang Shan, Capital of Heaven", ed. Arthaud / Doubleday, "Angkor, the serenity of Buddhism", ed. Imprimerie Nationale / Thames & Hudson, "Marc Riboud in China", ed. Nathan / Harry N. Abrams...

In 2004 his first retrospective is exhibited at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris and visited by 100,000 people. Numerous museums through Europe, as well as United States, China, Korea and Japan regularly show his work. He received many awards, among which two Overseas Press Club, the Time-Life Achievement, the Lucie Award and the ICP Infinity Award.

In 2011, a collection of 192 vintage prints from the Marc Riboud legacy has been given to the Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. Fifty of these prints have been exhibited from November 2011 to March 2012. His works are also part of the collections of institutions like the MoMA in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Marc Riboud est né en 1923 à Lyon. A l'Exposition Universelle de Paris en 1937, il prend ses premières photographies avec le petit Vest-Pocket offert par son père pour ses 14 ans. En 1944, il participe aux combats dans le Vercors. De 1945 à 1948, il fait des études d'ingénieur à l'Ecole Centrale de Lyon et travaille en usine, puis il décide de se consacrer à la photographie.

En 1953, il obtient une publication dans le magazine Life pour sa photographie d'un peintre de la Tour Eiffel. Sur l'invitation d'Henri Cartier-Bresson et de Robert Capa, il rentre à Magnum.

En 1955, via le Moyen-Orient et l'Afghanistan, il se rend par la route en Inde, où il reste un an et d'où il gagne la Chine en 1957. Après un séjour de trois mois en URSS en 1960, il couvre les indépendances en Algérie et en Afrique noire. Entre 1968 et 1969, il effectue des reportages au Sud ainsi qu'au Nord Vietnam, où il est l'un des rares photographes à pouvoir entrer. Dans les années 80, retourne régulièrement en Orient et en Extrême-Orient et expose à Paris, Londres, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Bilbao...

Deux importantes rétrospectives ont eu lieu en France: en 2004 - à la Maison Européenne de la Photographie de Paris - en 2009 - au Musée de la Vie romantique, et à l'étranger. En 2011, Marc Riboud a fait une dation au Musée national d'art moderne d'un ensemble exceptionnel de 192 tirages originaux réalisés entre 1953 et 1977. Cette dation rassemble les meilleurs tirages originaux de l'auteur, sélectionnés dans ses archives, et constitue des ensembles cohérents autour de certains de ses reportages les plus importants.

De nombreux musées exposent son travail. Il a reçu plusieurs récompenses dont deux prix de l'Overseas Press Club, le Time-Life Achievement, Lucie Award, l'ICP Infinity Award, et récemment le Sony World Photography Award.