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Damiani : Richard Kalvar : Selected Writings


Release by Damiani of Richard Kalvar‘s book, Selected Writings.

Richard Kalvar has always been a great lover and observer of street theater. His Leica always around his neck, he travels the world by choice or on assignment discreetly posted, he surprises and captures key moments, chance encounters, he notes the humour on public signs, in the street, on public transport. He remains on the lookout in Paris, New York or Rome. This book is a selection of these moments that he shares with us and that his sharp eye has surprised, it will make us laugh or smile and give us a moment of pleasure.

Sylvie Rebbot


‘For over half a century I’ve been photographing humans and things that seem to look or act like them: dogs, bears, birds, trees… I’ve been particularly drawn to conversations and other attempts, not always successful, at spoken communication. But another form of human communication has always been lurking in the background for me, the written word.’ Richard Kalvar


Richard Kalvar was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1944. In 1965 he interrupted his literature studies, and with absolutely no knowledge of – or interest in photography, managed to be hired as an assistant by French fashion photographer Jérôme Ducrot.

Clearly fashion was not for him, but he began taking pictures in the streets of New York with his boss’s cameras, and was soon bitten by the photography bug. A ten-month hitch-hiking trip around western Europe the following year confirmed his vocation. He moved to Paris in 1970, and helped found the Viva agency. In 1975 he joined Magnum Photos, and became a full member in 1977. He has served as president, and is currently vice-president of the Paris office.

Kalvar has worked extensively for the media in the US, Europe and Asia, but considers himself less a photojournalist than an anti-photojournalist.  A major retrospective of his work was shown at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2007, accompanied by his book Earthlings (Flammarion). A Photo Poche and Photofile edited by Robert Delpire were published in 2018. Kalvar’s most recent exhibition, La voce delle mani, opened at the Palazzo Callas, Sirmione, Italy in July 2022.


Richard Kalvar : Selected Writings
bilingual edition (English / French)
22,2 x 22,2 cm (softcover)
144 pages (70 ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-6208-807-7
EAN : 9788862088077

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