Marc Riboud was born in 1923 in Lyon. At the Great Exhibition
of Paris in 1937 he took his first pictures with the small Vest-
Pocket camera his father offered him. From 1945 to 1948 he
studied engineering and worked in a factory. After a week of
holiday, during which he covers the cultural festival of Lyon,
he drops his engineering job for photography.
In 1953 he joined Magnum agency after meeting Henri
Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. For Magnum he travelled
extensively around the globe. In 1976 he became president of
Magnum and resigned three years later. Since the 1980s he
keeps travelling at his own pace.
Marc Riboud published many books, among which the most
famous are The three banners of China, Journal, Huang Shan,
Capital of Heaven, and Angkor, the serenity of Buddhism.
In 2004 his retrospective was exhibited at the Maison
Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. Numerous museums
trough Europe, the United States, China and Japan regularly
show his work. He received many awards, among which the
Time-Life Achievement, the Lucie Award and the ICP Infinity