Raymond Depardon’s first report from the United States was produced in Chicago in 1968, at a Democratic National Convention beleaguered by anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. From New York, each day for a month in the summer of 1981, he sent a photo and a caption to the newspaper Libération, then run by Serge July. The Correspondance new-yorkaise, with its unlikely shots and offbeat captions, would mark a turning point in his photographic career. In 1982, he toured the western United States, from New Mexico to California, passing through Colorado and Nevada. He returned to America in 1999, this time up against the spectacular landscapes of Arizona, Montana and South Dakota, in tall shots. Presented at the Rencontres d’Arles, Depardon USA, 1968-1999 brings together this American oeuvre of 76 photographs for the first time. Many of these shots have yet to be published.
Exhibition curators: Philippe Seclier and Sam Stourdzé.
Publication: Depardon USA, Éditions Xavier Barral, 2018.
Prints by Patrick Toussaint, Les Crozets.
Framing by Circad, Paris.