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Fondation Cartier Art Book Series: Online Conversation with Raymond Depardon, Clément Chéroux and Pauline Vermare

Raymond Depardon presents his new book Rural in conversation with Clément Chéroux, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Pauline Vermare, Magnum Photos, New York, as part of Fondation Cartier Art Book Series: Online Conversation with artists. 

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Raymond Depardon crisscrossed rural France with his 6x9 medium format camera by his side. As a result of his explorations, his black-and-white photographs tell the story of the land, the people – including manual labor and the isolation and fragility of small farming – and the beauty of the French countryside. 

In October 2020, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain published Rural, a book gathering this impressive series of 86 black-and-white photographs; a tribute to the photographer’s roots and to the men and women he met during his journey.

With this new book as a starting point, on November 19, 2020, Raymond Depardon will have an online conversation with Clément Chéroux, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Pauline Vermare, Cultural Director of Magnum Photos, New York.

It will be the occasion for Raymond Depardon to talk about his travels through France to photograph the land and the farm of his parents, but also about his unique relationship with the United States. He will also share brief extracts of his films – Ten Minutes of Silence for John Lennon (1980) and Modern Life (2008) – discussing the fixed and moving images at the service of a simple and singular narrative.

Conversation in French with English subtitles
Broadcast on Fondation Cartier's Instagram and Facebook accounts

Book available here.


Raymond Depardon is a French filmmaker, photographer and international journalist who holds a unique place in the field of the contemporary image. In 1967, he co-founded the Gamma Agency, and in 1978, he joined Magnum Photos, for whom he would carry out reports all over the world until the early 1980s. While continuing to practice photography on a daily basis, he turned his attention to documentary filmmaking, using the direct cinema approach.

Clément Chéroux is the newly appointed Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Prior to that, he was Curator (2007–2012) and Chief Curator (2013–2016) of Photography at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Curator of Photography (2017–2020) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Clément Chéroux is a French photo-historian and holds a PhD in Art History.

Pauline Vermare is the Cultural Director of Magnum Photos, New York. Before joining Magnum in 2017, she was a curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP), where she worked on several exhibitions and publications. Before joining ICP, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on the exhibition and publication Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (2009–2010). From 2002 to 2009, she worked at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris.

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