The 1950s and 60s photography produced by Marc Riboud takes us back in time, to a world where things were different. Beauty was everywhere, and Riboud was there alongside it, ready to capture images of innocence, ethics, and a time where love and war entwined.
Marc Riboud was born in 1923 in Lyon. At the Great Exhibition of Paris in 1937, he took his first pictures with the small Vest-Pocket camera his father gave him.
During the war, he took part in the Vercors fights. From 1945 to 1948 he studied engineering and worked in a factory. After a week of holiday, during which he covered the cultural festival of Lyon, he bid farewell to life as an engineer and transformed into the innovative photographer he’s known to be today.
In 1953, he published his famous “Eiffel Tower’s painter” photograph in Life Magazine and joined Magnum after meeting Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. Robert Capa later sent him to London to experience life, women, and learn English. He didn’t learn that much English, but his camera was well used!
In 2004 his retrospective was exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and visited by 100,000 people. Numerous museums through Europe, as well as the United States, China and Japan regularly show his work. He has received many awards, among which are two Overseas Press Club, the Time-Life Achievement, the Lucie Award and the ICP Infinity Award.
Source: The Official Website of Marc Riboud