French director and photographer, born in Villefranche-sur-Saône in 1942.
Raymond Depardon, filmmaker and photographer, uses still and moving images in service to his unique style. He is the cofounder of the press agency Gamma, which he left in 1979 to become a member of the Magnum photo agency. He directed his first documentary film on the electoral campaign of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1974, but broadcast of the film was prohibited for nearly 30 years. Fictions and documentaries were to follow, providing a wonderful X-ray of society, in which he candidly deals with the press, photographer-reporters, justice, psychiatry, Africa, the city, and farmers. In 2008, Modern Life obtained the Prix Louis Delluc. His latest film to date, Journal de France, co-directed with Claudine Nougaret, was presented out of competition at Cannes in 2012.
He is the author of 50 photography books and 20 feature films.
Features films : 1974, une partie de campagne (« 50,81% ») (1974) - Numéros zéro (1977) - Reporters (1981) - San Clemente (1982) - News items (1982) - The Declic years (1983) - Empty Quarter : a woman in Africa (1985) - Urgences (1988) - Captive of the desert (1990) - Caught in the acts (1994) - Africa, how are you with pain ? (1996) - Paris (1998) - Profils paysans : L'Approche (2001) - Untouched by the West (2002) - The 10th district court: moments of trials (2004) - Profils paysans : Le Quotidien (2005) – Profils paysans : La Vie moderne (2008) - Journal de France (2012) - Les Habitants (2016) - 12 days (2017)
Short films : Ian Palach (1969) - Tibesti Too (1976) - Ten minutes of silence for John Lennon (1980) - New York, N.Y. (1986) - Chasseurs et Chamans (2003) - Cinéma d’été (2007) - Donner la parole (2008) - Au Bonheur des maths (2012)