Raymond Depardon: Bolivia


A journey through Bolivia, seen through the eyes of the inimitable photographer Raymond Depardon.

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Raymond Depardon


The fruit of five different trips to Bolivia between 1997 and 2015, the photographs in this book reveal a timeless Bolivia, where the rural and indigenous populations live primarily from the land. Raymond Depardon’s black-and-white photography highlights the harsh beauty of the landscape, the ravaged faces of the peasants, the omnipresent silhouettes of women, and the magic of ancestral traditions. From the desert plains of Salar d’Uyuni and the mountain village of Tarabuco, to the serenity of Lake Titicaca, Raymond Depardon takes us on a journey filled with humanity, culminating in the discovery of Vallegrande, in the footsteps of Che Guevara, whose image has had a lasting and profound impact on the collective memory.

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Weight 878 g
Dimensions 20.6 x 28.5 cm
Publisher name Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain
Publication date 1 November 2017
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Dimensions 20.6 x 28.5 cm
Weight 878 g


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Filmmaker, photographer and international journalist, Raymond Depardon holds a unique place in the field of the contemporary image. In 1967, he co-founded the Gamma Agency, and in 1978, he joined the Magnum Agency for whom he would carry out reports all over the world up until the beginning of the 1980s. While continuing to practise photography on a daily basis, he later turned his attention to documentary film, making use of the direct cinema genre. Raymond Depardon puts the fixed and moving image at the service of a simple and singular narrative. From his first pictures taken in the early 1960s to his latest trips to Africa and South America, as well as voyages to Vietnam, Beirut and Glasgow, Raymond Depardon's work is characterized by its fundamentally human approach. In 2010, he presented the exhibition 'La France de Raymond Depardon' at the BnF François-Mitterrand in Paris and, in 2013, the exhibition 'Un moment si doux', at the Grand Palais in Paris, bringing together fifty years of his color photography. With his wife Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon has produced numerous films: Urgences (1988), La Captive du désert (1990), Délits flagrants (1994), Paris (1998), 10e chambre, instants d'audiences (2004), La Vie Moderne (2008), Journal de France (2012), and Les Habitants (2016).