Honoring 92-Year-Old Marc Riboud and his Extraordinary Documentary Photos
Marc Riboud is a French photographer with over 60 years of experience under his well-notched belt. Riboud first began experimenting with his father’s Kodak camera in 1937, but then went on to pursue a career in engineering before returning to photography full-time, nearly 15 years later. After this point, he dedicated himself to the craft and, under the tutelage of a variety of photography icons including Henri Cartier-Bresson, began to stamp out a unique name for himself in the world of photography.
An adventurous soul, Riboud made many trips to Asia and Eastern Europe, and is recognized for the tactful documentation of Asian culture. He is also particularly well known for his revealing composites of various political strife including shots of the Cultural Revolution in China and the Vietnam War. Over the years, Riboud has skillfully communicated the graces of daily life during times of extreme unrest with inherent sensitivity and integrity.
For example, the image below was captured in Washington D.C. amid protests against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Riboud’s famous portrait of a young woman with a daisy (a token of peace) facing down a row of bayonets is one of the most globally celebrated anti-war images. In fact, it became a powerful symbol of the “flower power” movement.
Through his work, Riboud proves time and time again the immense power of photography. With an unwavering eye for detail and a talent for creating a sense of global continuity during periods of cultural fluctuation, RIboud’s work is a prime example of the elevation of portraiture to the status of works of art. This summer Riboud has a book coming out which compiles images of his visit to Cuba and subsequent interview with Fidel Castro in 1963. He currently has an exhibition of images entitled Orient/Asie—Aller\Retour on display at the Musée Guimet in Paris until June 27, 2016.