Raymond Depardon

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Raymond Depardon
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Raymond Depardon in 2012
Raymond Depardon

(1942-07-06) 6 July 1942 (age 77)
OccupationPhotographer, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker
Spouse(s)Claudine Nougaret

Raymond Depardon (French: [də.paʁ.dɔ̃]; born 6 July 1942) is a French photographer, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker.

Early life[edit]

Depardon was born in Villefranche-sur-Saône, France.[1]


Depardon is mainly a self-taught photographer, as he began taking pictures on his family's farm when he was 12. He apprenticed with a photographer-optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône before he moved to Paris in 1958.[2] He began his career as a photojournalist in the early 1960s. He travelled to conflict zones including Algeria, Vietnam, Biafra and Chad. In 1966, Depardon co-founded the photojournalism agency Gamma. In 1973 he became Gamma’s director. From 1975 to 1977 Depardon traveled in Chad and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1977. The next year he left Gamma to become a Magnum Photos associate, then a full member in 1979. In the 1990s, Depardon went back to his parents’ farm to photograph rural landscapes in color, and then in 1996 published a black and white road journal, In Africa.[3]

In May 2012, he took the official portrait of French President François Hollande.[4]


Depardon is also the author of several documentary shorts and feature films. His approach as a director is influenced by cinéma vérité and direct cinema. In 1969 he made his first film (about Jan Pallach) and he has directed 16 films since then. In 1979 he received a George Sadoul Prize for his film Numéro Zéro. In 1984 Depardon made his first fiction film, Empty Quarters. Other notable examples include 1974, une partie de campagne, on the 1974 presidential campaign of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Reporters (1981) and New York, N.Y. (1986), both winners of the César Award for best short documentary, La captive du désert (1990), nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival,[5] and Délits flagrants (1994), which won awards for best feature documentary at the César Awards, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Joris Ivens award) and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

At the 2000 Kraków Film Festival, Depardon received the Dragon of Dragons, a lifetime achievement award.


  • Beyrouth, Centre Ville: inédit. Points. ISBN 978-2757819777
  • Paysans. Contemporary French Fiction. ISBN 978-2757815649
  • San Clemente. Diffusion Weber, 1984. ISBN 978-2867540196
  • En Afrique. Seuil, 1996. ISBN 978-2020260947
  • Errance. Seuil, 2000. ISBN 978-2020386876
  • Le Tour Du Monde En 14 Jours. 7 Escales, 1 Visa. 2008. ISBN 978-2757811382
  • La terre des paysans. Seuil, 2008. ISBN 978-2020976312
  • Manhattan Out. Steidl Photography International, 2009. ISBN 978-3865217042
  • Native Land. Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris. 2009. ISBN 978-0500976883
  • La France de Raymond Depardon. Seuil, 2010. ISBN 978-2021009941
  • Repérages. Seuil, 2012. ISBN 978-2021090604
  • Berlin. Seuil, 2014. ISBN 978-2021140941
  • Adieu Saigon. Steidl, 2015. ISBN 978-3869309224
  • Glasgow. Seuil, 2016. ISBN 978-2021303629
  • La Solitude Heureuse Du Voyageur: Précédé De Notes. Points, 2017. ISBN 978-2757867631
  • Bolivia. Thames & Hudson, 2018. ISBN 978-2869251304
  • Le Desert Americain. Hazan, 2019. ISBN 978-2754102322
  • Manicomio: Secluded Madness
  • Paris Journal
  • PPP: Photographies De Personnalités Politiques
  • Afriques
  • villes, cities, städte
  • Désert, Un Homme Sans L'occident
  • Un moment si doux
  • Depardon Voyages
  • Détours
  • La ferme du Garet
  • Return to Vietnam
  • Depardon Cinéma
  • 100 Photos Pour Defendre La Liberté De La Presse



  1. ^ Moroz, Interview by Sarah (16 November 2017). "Raymond Depardon's best photograph: a prisoner jogging in endless circles". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-07-03 – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ "Magnum Photos Home". Magnum Photos.
  3. ^ Raymond Depardon Steidl Publishing.
  4. ^ "Photos. Les coulisses du portrait officiel de François Hollande". Le Monde. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Captive of the Desert". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  6. ^ a b c ""La Vie moderne" : Depardon cultive son jardin". Le Monde. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2020-07-03 – via Le Monde.
  7. ^ ""Le cochon, les foins, les vendanges : pour moi, le paysan c'est pas ça !"". Le Monde. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 2020-07-03 – via Le Monde.
  8. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (2 April 2009). "Film review: Modern Life". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-07-03 – via www.theguardian.com.
  9. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (30 January 2014). "Journal de France – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-07-03 – via www.theguardian.com.
  10. ^ Ide, Wendy (25 May 2017). "12 Jours review – a devastating glimpse into broken souls". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-07-03 – via www.theguardian.com.

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