Raised on the family farm in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Raymond Depardon has often told stories about it, notably in his autobiography, La ferme du Garet (1995). Yet a fuzzy area remains: what precise memories does he retain of his military service? At twenty, Raymond Depardon, freelancer for the Dalmas photo agency, has already been professionally well-known and regularly publishes in major national newspapers and news magazines: France-Soir, Paris Match, etc. During a reportage in Algeria in 1960, he met military photographers from the newspaper Bled, who gave him the idea of serving in the magazine of the Armed Forces. Assigned to the...
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