During the 1990s and 2000s, Raymond Depardon traveled through rural France with his 6 x 9 camera. From these explorations of the rural world, he made black and white photographs that tell the story of the land, people, manual labor, isolation and fragility of small farms, and the beauty of the French landscapes.
“These men and women who inhabited and persisted in cultivating these desolate territories were sages, philosophers, heroes, ahead of the inevitable decline to come. This political and ideological collision was the driving force for my project.” Raymond Depardon
Filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Raymond Depardon, born in 1942 in Villefranche-sur-Saône, occupies a unique place in the field of contemporary image-making. Co-founder of the Gamma agency in 1967, he joined Magnum Photos in 1978. He produced photojournalistic documentaries all over the world until the early 1980s. Subsequently, while maintaining a regular practice of photography, he started to produce documentary films including the trilogy Profils paysans : L’Approche, Le Quotidien et La Vie moderne (2001-2008).