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Fondation Cartier : Raymond Depardon : Rural

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“To photograph and film a peasant is to step into his private life and create relationships of trust over many years. ” During the 1990s and 2000s, Raymond Depardon traveled through the french countryside with his 6 x 9 photographic large format camera. From this exploration of the rural world, he produced black and white photographs that tell the story of the land, people, of manual work, of the isolation and fragility of small farms, but also the beauty of the French landscapes.   It’s fall, it’s the early 1990s. I bought an old Austrian Pinzgauer truck, a six wheel drive equipped to sleep in the desert. I decided to take photographs and later make a film about the peasants of the middle mountains. I went alone to get to know this territory and its inhabitants better, located in deserted regions of France. I was lucky enough to live my early years on a farm in the Saône valley. I am not nostalgic for my childhood; even though I had a lot of freedom, I saw that my parents’ work...

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