Raymond Depardon



In 1980, Raymond Depardon joined the Magnum photo agency and traveled to New York with a friend. Every day he took his camera and documented without aim his various errands around the city. 27 years later, Depardon develops his project, Manhattan Out, a series of impulsive and steadfast images that harken back to an era of aesthetic photography and fashion. Tight furs and all styles of jeans and hats stream through his photos as in a musical composition, meanwhile the straight lines of the matte cars shape the backdrop. A year later, Raymond Depardon returned to New York to work on a new project for Libération, entitled, New York Correspondences. During the summer of 1981, Depardon was commissioned to send a captioned photo of the Big Apple everyday to the Parisian newspaper Libération. The thirty-three photos he sent exhibited the the distinctive eye and quality of the framing of Depardon’s work. But the focus of this project is the captions, which are not merely a title, but reflections of the photographer written by his own hand and accompanying each photograph. The captions do not necessarily relate to the images themselves but reflect Depardon’s state of mind at the moment he captured the photo, making this project into a personal diary.

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