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Current Exhibition

La Terre des Paysans (The Farmer’s Earth)

The unique geography of farmers' lives in France will be on display at Château Palmer in a selection of photographs by Raymond Depardon

Raymond Depardon

Raymond Depardon Mr Marcel Privat. Village of Le villaret. Lozère region. Languedoc-Roussillon. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

“My parents knew before me that I would not take over the family farm, they were overwhelmed by my determination and my passion for the image.”

Raymond Depardon

In the tradition of the great American photographers of rural life, Raymond Depardon shows the France of farmers – raw, simple and direct. Through his art of framing, each photograph “places the country into ‘a grid,’ cropping and itemizing it, reconstructing it as he pleases in a vast series of similarities and echoes,” writes Bruno Racine, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, in his preface to La France de Raymond Depardon (Seuil, 2010).

If a common thread runs through his work, it’s a shared history of rural France, a theme the photographer revisits in his texts, and which surpasses the personal circumstances of each of the farmers he meets.

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Raymond Depardon "La goutte au Fresne". Gilberte and Abel Jean Roy. Haute Saone Department. Servance Village. Franche Comte Region, France. 2005. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos