Raymond Depardon Photographer Profile ( Bio, Quotes, Gear, Photos, Books)

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Raymond Depardon (1944-Present)

French photographer famous for his photojournalist and documentary movie work.      


Produced: July 6, 1942 in Garet, France

In which he started taking photos at the age of 12 Raymond Depardon climbed up on a plantation in Garet, France. He moved to Paris in 1958 to go for a career in photojournalism. He soon joined the Dalmas service as a reporter and battle zones among others, in Vietnam, Algeria, and Chad. In 1966, he co-founded the Gamma photojournalism agency. In the 1970’s he diverged into photography and both movie making. In 1997, the following year, Depardon obtained a Pulitzer Prize for his work and combined the Magnum Photos service.

Raymond Depardon, Self-portrait together with Rolleiiflex, Paris, 1959

Over Raymond’s career, he’s photographed and filmed in a wide range of states. Much of his work has focused on battle, with documentary movie work and his photojournalistic getting many prestigious awards. So far,  Depardon made eighteen films and has released forty-seven books.  


  • Gritty and true depictions of life   
  • Photojournalistic and documentary operate in conflicted regions
  • Both black & white and colour, with darker feeling

Gear: Leica M3

The majority of Depardon’s photograph work was taken with a Leica M3, one of M rangefinders. In terms of lenses, a fantastic quantity of his job was shot broad as 21mm. He’s also worked together with the medium format Mamiya 7 and Fuji GA645.


“I believe photography was within me. After I found it, it turned out more powerful than me and that I took refuge in it.”

“The photographer is filled with uncertainty. Nothing will irritate him.”

“I really don’t regret the quite a few pictures of Brigitte Bardot, however, I’d rather have a good photograph of my dad.”

“I’m coming out of fiction, but in the same time I’m tempted by poetry, politics, and perhaps the notion of being a watch, a belief that you’re still able to change objects with the image.”

“It is necessary to enjoy isolation to be photographer”

“The topic is not necessarily a help to the photographer, it is like handcuffs.”

“I like to be on my own when I look in my own contact sheets, because I’m often disappointed… But as years go by we become proud of our old contact sheets. They are a tool that enables us to fight.”

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