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Past Exhibition

La terre des paysans

Raymond Depardon's landmark series 'Farmer’s Earth’ is on show at the 14th edition of Rencontres du Livre et la Photographie

Raymond Depardon

Raymond Depardon Villefranche-sur-Saône. "Le Garet" farmhouse. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

Raymond Depardon’s landmark series ‘Farmers’ Earth’ is currently on show at the 14th edition of Rencontres du Livre et la Photographie.

The son of a peasant, Raymond Depardon often returns to his rural past in his photojournalistic work. Themes of abandonment and nostalgia circulate within his images, drawing on his youth spent working as a farm-hand.

Raymond Depardon Marcel Privat, "Le Villaret", Lozere Department, Languedoc Roussillon Region, France. 2007. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

The photographer grew up on a farm in Rhone, yet would grow to become one of France’s most pre-eminent photojournalists. It was only in 1995, with the publication of La Ferme du Garet, that the photographer could at long last explore his origins. This subsequently led to a decade-long period, whereby Depardon produced the Profils Paysans trilogy (L’approche in 2000, Le quotidien in 2005 and La vie moderne in 2008). A series of films, that documented with loving acuity, the joys and sorrows of pastoral life in the French Highlands, offering a filmic tribute to those that continue to farm it.

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Raymond Depardon "Le Villaret", Lozere Department, Languedoc Roussillon Region, France. 1993. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos