Born in 1942 in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Raymond Depardon is a photojournalist and filmmaker fascinated by everyday. He started his career as a photographer working for magazines and covering political events such as the Vietnam war, the Algerian war, Afghanistan, etc… In 1978 he became a member of the prestigious photo agency Magnum, a cooperative to give the full copyrights to photographers. In the 1980’s, he begins to make documentaries like Délits Flagrants, Profils Paysans, Journal de France establishing him as a reference of French documentary. In 2010 together with Diane Dufour he opens Le Bal, an institute dedicated to image-document. Following the tradition of photojournalism, his first images are deeply empathetic, the human figure is at the center of every photography. As the years went by, his photojournalist side washed out giving way to more austere images where architecture and landscape became the main character.
Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon joined forces to create Mon Arbre, a series of portraits and short films of people living beside different species of tree. The photographs and videos show the relationship between trees and man, how man is connected to them in and the benefits or even their constraints. What the videos and photos highlight is that trees are always in our field of vision, every human being has its word to say on this matter, nobody is indifferent to their existence.
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