Magnum photographers first began documenting the Grand Canyon back in 1960, when Henri Cartier-Bresson, with Inge Morath as his assistant, stopped by the Canyon on a cross-country road trip. Since then, the Arizona landmark has been captured by perspectives as varied as Raymond Depardon, Martin Parr and Mark Power. The camera has helped describe the sublimity of its landscape, illustrating the infinity of the rocky depths, the emptiness of its valleys, and the smallness of human life in the face of the Canyon’s enormity.

I think photography was inside me. Once I found it, it became stronger than me and I took refuge in it

Raymond Depardon
© Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. Apprenticed to a photographer-optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône, he left for Paris in 1958.

He joined the Dalmas agency in Paris in 1960 as a reporter, and in 1966 he co-founded the Gamma agency, reporting from all over the world. From 1974 to 1977, as a photographer and filmmaker, he covered the kidnap of a French ethnologist, François Claustre, in northern Chad. Alongside his photographic career, he began to make documentary films: 1974, Une Partie de Campagne and San Clemente. He has since made eighteen feature-length films and published forty-seven books.

Depardon joined Magnum in 1978. He is based in Paris.

© Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos

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