Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, is mainly a self-taught photographer. He began taking pictures on his family's farm when he was 12 and apprenticed with a photographer-optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône before he moved to Paris in 1958. He began his career as a photojournalist in the early 1960s while traveling to conflict zones in Algeria, Vietnam, Biafra, and Chad. In 1966, Depardon co-founded the photojournalism agency Gamma and in 1973 became the agency’s director. He traveled in Chad from 1975-1977, which led to a Pulitzer Prize in 1977. The following year Depardon left Gamma to become a Magnum associate, then a full member in 1979. He has made eighteen feature-length films and published forty-seven books. (Photo shot on the road to Leipzig, Germany, 1990. Photo sponsor: Dave Matthews.)


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