“Rather than a profession, photography has always been a passion for me, a passion closer to an obsession.” — Marc Riboud.
Born in 1923 in Lyon, France, Marc Riboud is best known for his extensive reports on the East: The Three Banners of China, Face of North Vietnam and In China. As one of the only photographers to visit and document daily life in China during 1957, the uniqueness of these photographs is emphasised.Photographs from Riboud’s personal archive during this period will be exhibited publicly for the first time at ATLAS Gallery until May. Early images of Paris, Central London, Woolwich, Wimbledon, Southend and Leeds taken after Riboud became a member of Magnum Potos in 1953 will also be a part of the exhibition. This will be an exclusive opportunity to view these very rarely seen images, which form an essential but lesser known part of Riboud’s oeuvre.
A photojournalist par excellence, Riboud’s travels over many decades also included Africa, South America, Japan and the US capturing both the atrocities of war and the beauty of over-seen ordinary life. He was one of very few photographers allowed access to China during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, and captured haunting images of the Vietnam War from both American and Vietnamese viewpoints.One of Riboud’s most famous images will be included in the exhibition. “Eiffel Tower Painter” taken in 1953 is one of the most eminent photographic image sin the history of photography and demonstrates Riboud’s innate compositional skill.
A photographer of lyricism, wit, and sophistication — our Arts Editor insists “Paris to Peking” is not to be missed.
“Paris to Peking” runs until 9th May at ATLAS Gallery
49 Dorset Street