Marc Riboud is born in 1923 in Lyon, France. At the Great Exhibition of Paris in 1937 he takes his first pictures with the small Kodak Vest-Pocket his father offered him.
In 1953, he publishes his famous ‘Eiffel Tower’s Painter’ photograph in Life magazine and joins Magnum agency after meeting Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. Robert Capa later sends him to London to see girls and learn English. He doesn’ t learn that much English but photographs intensely.
In 1955, he crosses Middle-East and Afghanistan to reach India, where he remains one year. He then heads toward China for a first stay in 1957. After three months in USSR in 1960, he follows the independance movement in Algeria and Western Africa. Between 1968 and 1969 he’s one of the few photographers allowed to travel in South and North Vietnam. In 1976 he becomes president of Magnum and resigns three years later; since the 1980s he keeps travelling at his own tempo.
Marc Riboud published many books, among which the most famous are The Three Banners of China, ed. Robert Laffont, Journal, ed. Denoël, Huang Shan, Capital of Heaven, ed. Arthaud / Doubleday, Marc Riboud In China, ed. Nathan / Harry N. Abrams…
Numerous museums trough Europe, as well as United States, China and Japan regularly show his work. He received many awards, among which two Overseas Press Club, the Time-Life Achievement, the Lucie Award and the ICP Infinity Award.
Born on 24 June in Lyon, France.
First photographs, taken with the Vest Pocket camera his father used during the First World War.
Joined the resistance and the underground war in 1944
Studied engineering in Lyons. 1948-50: Worked in a factory.
Left the factory and started photography.
Moved to Paris, met Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa who invited him to join Magnum.
Sent to London by Capa to learn English and to photograph.
Six months to reach India by car, where he stayed for one year. Then to China for a four months stay, being the first western photographer in Mao’s China.
From Alaska to Mexico by car.
Elected European vice president of Magnum.
Three months in URSS.
Several visits to African countries emerging to independence.
Covered the Algerian Independence.
Winner of the Overseas Press Club Award for his book The Three Banners of China.
Overseas Press Club Award for his book Face of the North Vietnam.
Elected president of Magnum.
Resigned from Magnum and became independent and contributor.
Photographing in the East and in Europe.
One man show at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris.
Several visits to Huang Shan, the mountains of Chinese Painters, followed by a book “Capital of Heaven” published in France, USA, Germany and a travelling exhibition. Several visits to Angkor, resulting in a book: Angkor Buddhist Serenity, published in France, USA, UK.
Exhibited at Minneapolis Institute of arts, March-May Palazzo Reale, Milan, June-September Exhibited and published at the Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
Spazio Mazzotta, Oriente, March / April
Exhibition “home on the road” in Howard Greenberg gallery, New York, January
“Marc Riboud and his friends in China” Shanghai, April Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery, May / June Exhibition “May 68” at place de la Sorbonne and Lycée Louis Le Grand, Paris
Exhibition “Leeds 1954-2004”, Leeds, Historical Museum, England,
Exhibition “L’instinct de l’instant” at the Musée de la Vie Romantique,March-July
ParisExhibition “Photographies Inédites de la Tour Eiffel” at Galerie Arcturus, Paris, April-May
Exhibition Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing Exhibition at Gallery Fine Art in Moscow, April
Festival Fotograpfie Porto Allegre, Brazil, April “Marc Riboud & Ara Guller, around the Bosphore” at Promenades Photographiques de Vendome, June
“Marc Riboud Democracy?” at Stadt Museum, Weimar, October-November
Publication of Algeria Independence, ed Le Bec en l’Air Publication of The Tibetans, ed Imprimerie Nationale
Exhibition “Marc Riboud” at Le Carmel, Tarbes, February
Exhibition “Marc Riboud Photographs” at the Graduate School of Journalism
Center for Photography at UC Berkeley Exhibition Tibet: The Land Closest to the sky, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas
Exhibition The Instinctive Moment: A Marc Riboud Retrospective, Shanghai Art
Museum & CAFA Art Museum, China
Exhibition The Instinctive Moment: A Marc Riboud Retrospective, Young Gallery, Belgium
Exhibition The Instinctive Moment: A Marc Riboud Retrospective, International Art and Photography Center, Chengdu
Exhibition Polka Marc Riboud, Polka Galerie, Paris
Exhibition Annual Event, Work of Marc Riboud, Cognac, Quai Hennessy
Exhibition China Untapped, China
Books by Marc Riboud
I comme Image
Catalogue de l’exposition “L’instinct de l’instant”
Sous les pavés..(2008).
Marc Riboud, 50 ans de photographie
Shanghaï : Shanghai Tomorrow(2003)
Huang Shan , Les montagnes célestes(2004)Capital of Heaven (1990)
Angkor: The Serenity of Buddhism(1993)
Visions of China(1981)
Photographs at Home and Abroad(1988)
The Face Of North Vietnam(1970)
Vrouwen van japan