Raymond Depardon: Rural


Raymond Depardon’s studies of rural France combine intimate observation with the evocative timelessness of place


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During the 1990s and 2000s, French photographer Raymond Depardon (born 1942) crisscrossed rural France with his 6×9 view camera. In the photographer’s words:To photograph and film farmers means entering their private lives and creating relationships of trust over many years.

From this exploration of the agricultural world, he made black-and-white photographs that tell the story of the land, the people, manual labor, the isolation and fragility of small farms, but also the beauty of the French countryside. Sunlit scenes of sheep on secluded hillsides and spacious old small towns are juxtaposed with the same scenes in wintertime where those same towns and hillsides offer up new contrasts such as between untouched snow and the dark earth agitated by farmers and their livestock just feet away.

This work is published as a tribute to Raymond Depardon’s roots.

Additional information

Weight 1362 g
Dimensions 28.9 x 35.7 cm
Publisher name Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain
Publication date 22 July 2021
Number of pages 124
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Raymond Depardon
Dimensions 28.9 x 35.7 cm
Weight 1362 g


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Born in 1942 in Villefranche-sur-Saône Raymond Depardon a filmmaker, photographer and international journalist 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.

From his first pictures taken in the early 1960s to his latest trips to Africa and South America, 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, in 2013, Un moment si doux, at the Grand Palais in Paris, and in 2019, Raymond Depardon: 1962-1963, photographe militaire at the Musée national de la Marine in Toulon and at the Musée du Service de santé des armées - École du Val-de-Grâce in Paris. 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), Les Habitants (2016), and 12 jours (2017).

Raymond Depardon has participated in around ten solo or group exhibitions at the Fondation Cartier, for which he realized the films Amours (1997), Désert (2000), Chasseurs et chamans (2002), 7×3 (2004), Hear Them Speak (2008), Au bonheur des Maths (2011), 8e étage (2014), and Mon arbre (2019). He has also published over fifty photography books.