“The weight of words, the shock of photos” like many generations we grew up with this slogan, dreamed of the photographs that make the event and the memories. After all, traveling through photos is as captivating as following the news on a mobile phone! A quarter of a century ago, I started at “Paris Match”, this timeless weekly born in the immediate aftermath of the war. Always very modern, it remains a window on the world. From the first morning, in the editorial hall of the Champs-Elysees, I was impressed by the extraordinary photos that make up the DNA of this magazine where was mixed de Gaulle, Bardot, Giscard, Pompidou, Chirac, Sagan, Mitterrand , Kennedy, John Paul II, Obama, Putin, Picasso, Johnny Hallyday and now Pope Francis and Macron … Characters that became so familiar thanks to our reporters that they are now part of our lives. Thus, over the days, the shock has turned into a selection of photos and emotions. A selection to share with readers, but was first done with Philippe Goulliaud, political journalist and connoisseur of this universe. And since two of us see pictures differently and we complete each other, we have embarked on this common adventure each with our taste for history, our eyes, our subjectivity, our irrepressible enthusiasm and our complicity. It is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fifth Republic, that with our reflexes of lovers of the image we wanted to celebrate this important anniversary by writing together this book where the political action derives its strength from the photos.
Caroline Pigozzi, grand reporter at Paris Match, is the author of several bestsellers translated into multiple languages (The Pope privately, Jacques and Bernadette privately, John Paul II intimate, Ambassadors of God, The Red Robes, The Indiscreet Vatican, So Does It, The Secret Vatican Photos with Giovanni Maria Vian).
Philippe Goulliaud, great pen of the French political press, he worked in particular at AFP and led the political department of Le Figaro. He is the author of The Incredible Septennat with Marie Bernadette Allaire published by Fayard in 2002.