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Musée des Confluences : Atelier EXB : Marc Riboud : 100 photographs for 100 years


The exhibition at the Musée des Confluences, dedicated to Marc Riboud, started on February 24. Entitled Marc Riboud, 100 photographs for 100 years, it invites you to discover and rediscover this photographer, born near Lyon 100 years ago this year. The scenography therefore features 100 emblematic shots from the work of Marc Riboud, through a cyclic journey, like the metaphor of a journey.
Atelier EXB publishes on this occasion a book bringing together famous and unpublished photos.

Marc Riboud was born in 1923 in Saint-Genis-Laval, near Lyon. At the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1937, he took his first photographs with the little Vest-Pocket offered by his father for his 14th birthday. In 1944, he joined the Resistance and took part in the fighting in the Vercors. From 1945 to 1948, he studied engineering at the École centrale de Lyon and worked in a factory, then he decided to devote himself to photography.

In 1953, he obtained his first publication in Life magazine for his photograph of a painter of the Eiffel Tower. At the invitation of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, he joined the Magnum photos agency.

In 1955, via the Middle East and Afghanistan, he traveled by road to India, where he stayed for a year. From Calcutta, he went to China in 1957 for a first long stay before ending his journey in the Far East via Japan, where he found the subject of his first book: Women of Japan.

In 1960, after a three-month stay in the USSR, he covered the independence of Algeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Between 1968 and 1969, he carried out reports in the South as well as in North Vietnam, where he was one of the few photographers to be able to enter. In the 1980s and 1990s, he returned regularly to the East and the Far East, particularly to Angkor and Huang Shan, but also to follow the immense and rapid changes in this China he had known for thirty years.

In 2011, Marc Riboud made a donation to the National Museum of Modern Art (Centre Georges Pompidou) of a set of 192 original prints made between 1953 and 1977. His work has been crowned with prestigious prizes and has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries around the world.

Marc Riboud died at the age of 93 in Paris on August 30, 2016. His archives joined the collections of the National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet.


Marc Riboud – Au long cours – La rétrospective du centenaire
Atelier EXB / Editions Xavier Barral
Hardcover, 24 x 31 cm 176 pages 132 B&W photographs
ISBN FR: 978-2-36511-350-2
ISBN ENG: 978-2-36511-359-5
Price: €55 including tax


Musée des Confluences
86 quai Perrache
69002 Lyon, France

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