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Riboud, Marc

Marc Riboud (b. 1923) is a French photographer, best known for his extensive reports on the East: The Three Banners of China, Face of North Vietnam, Visions of China, and In China. Riboud photographed his first picture in 1937, using his father's Vest Pocket Kodak camera.

Riboud was educated to become an engineer, but while working as one, he took long picture-taking vacations and was inspiried become a photographer. He moved to Paris where he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and David Seymour, the founders of Magnum Photos. By 1953 he was a member of the organization, and his ability to capture fleeting moments in life through powerful compositions was soon apparent.

In 1979 Riboud left the Magnum agency and his pictures appeared in numerous magazines. One of Riboud's best known images is Eiffel Tower Painter, taken in Paris in 1953 (MS 363). An image taken by him on October 21, 1967 is among the most celebrated anti-war pictures depicting a young girl, Jan Rose Kasmir, with a flower in her hands and a kindly gaze in her eyes, standing in front of several rifle-wielding soldiers stationed to block the anti-war activists gathered in front of the Pentagon to protest against America’s involvement in Vietnam.

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