September 2018 - “My parents knew before I did that I would never take over the farm, they were overwhelmed by my determination and my passion for photography.” Raymond Depardon.
Raymond Depardon was born in France in 1942. Son of farmers, he spent his childhood on the family farm in Garet, near de Villefranche-sur-Saône, until at age 16 he left for Paris to become a photographer – his first passion.
For years, he travelled the globe in search of images which recount the story of our world, first as a photographer, then as a filmmaker. Yet his parents’ farm and a sense that he had abandoned it always obsessed him, to the extent that it would appear implicitly in many of his works.
In the early 1980s, a commission by DATAR (the Interministerial Delegation for Territorial Development and Regional Attractiveness) provided him the opportunity to return to his native land. At the same time, a number of media assignments allowed him to photograph farmers in other regions. The rural world became his second passion, his most beloved subject.
In publishing his 1995 book, La Ferme du Garet, Raymond Depardon explored this primal bond with his land and his heritage. It would inspire a new project, lasting over a decade, of filming rural life in mountainous regions of 21st century France. So was born the film trilogy Profils Paysans, composed of L’approche (2000), Le quotidien (2005), and La vie moderne (2008). All throughout, the photographer has never ceased to capture – first in black and wine, then in colour – fragments of our world through his lens.
The exhibition presented by Château Palmer, with the kind participation of Magnus Photos, is based on the 2008 book of the same name, and retraces this journey by presenting several bodies of images taken between 1960 and 2007. Together, they reveal Raymond Depardon’s deep and enduring attachment to “la terre des paysans” – the farmer’s earth.
The exhibition La Terre des Paysans by Raymond Depardon may be seen only during estate visits to Château Palmer, from September 11th to December 21st 2018. Length: 2 ½ hours - €70. Reservations by e-mail: email@example.com.
Gilberte and Abel Jean Roy, Servance, Haute Saône, 2005 © Raymond Depardon/MagnumPhotos
Marcel Privat, Le Villaret, Lozère, 2000 © Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos