Raymond Depardon was born in France in 1942 and began taking photographs on his family’s farm at the age of 12. Today he is recognised as a photographer, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker, belonging to a generation of photographers who never over-interpreted their subjects.
Depardon first joined the Dalmas Agency as a photojournalist in 1960, which sent him to work internationally for news organisations over many years. In 1974 he also started to making documentary films which he continues to make to this day and which have received numerous awards. In 1978, Depardon became a member of Magnum and in 1991 received the Grand Prix National de la Photographie. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie mounted an important exhibition of his photography in 2000, which was quickly followed by a commission from the Fondation Cartier to make an installation of films on twelve metropolises shown internationally between 2004-2007. In 2006 he was invited to serve as the Director of the Rencontres Internationales d’Arles and from 2018 has been represented exclusively by Hamiltons Gallery, London.