Traverser by Raymond Depardon
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Photographer, writer, and director, Raymond Depardon seems to be able to do it all. He has covered all aspects of photography. From his first steps at the native Le Garet Farm, to celebrity hideouts. From reporting for the press to street photography and independent documentaries.
This survey book hinges on four main themes: la terre natale [homeland], les voyages [journeys], la douleur [pain], l’enfermement [confinement].
With writing as the Ariadne’s thread, this publication invites on a journey through the artist’s work. From his beginnings at Le Garet Farm until today. With Depardon, writing and photography offer two very different temporalities: writing is primarily listening to yourself, daring to impose your own rhythm faced with what comes along, the famous “absences” of the photographer.
Avoiding the rhetoric of compassion which has never appealed to him, creating slightly ordinary, calm images, without any particular eloquence, but full of emotion; a clear agenda that then leads him alternately into intentional wandering and the decisive production of an archive to be passed on.
Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. Apprenticed to a photographer optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône, he then left for Paris in 1958.
He joined the Dalmas agency in Paris in 1960 as a reporter, and then in 1966 he co-founded the Gamma agency, reporting from all over the world. From 1974 to 1977, as a photographer and filmmaker, he covered the kidnap of a French ethnologist, François Claustre, in northern Chad. Alongside his photographic career, he also began to make documentary films: 1974, Une Partie de Campagne and San Clemente.
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