“My obsession is with photographing life at its most intense as intensely as possible. It’s a mania, a virus as strong as my instinct to be free. If taste for life diminishes, the photographs pale, because taking pictures is like savoring life at 125th of a second.” – Marc Riboud
On August 30, 2016, Marc Riboud passed away. He was 93 years old. His story is a fascinating one in which a shy young man became an influential documentary photographer under the tutelage of HCB. Regarding HCB, Riboud had this to say, he dictated “which books to read, what political ideas I should have, which museums and galleries to visit…He taught me about life and about the art of photography.” He also encouraged Riboud to join Magnum, the now wold renowned photo collective HCB had helped form.
One thing that made Riboud a stand-out photographer was his positive, hope-filled view of the world. One that he captured and shared, even during turbulent times. In an essay he wrote in 2000 entitled “Pleasures of the Eye,” he wrote, “I have always been more sensitive to the beauty of the world than to violence and monsters.” This was evident in many of his photographs taken during times of war and unrest.
While we mourn the passing of this legendary photographer, we are ever grateful for his view of the world left behind to teach us that even in difficult times, it is possible to see beauty and hope for peace.