An Visual Report from The Forbidden City to Carmel Markets…

…Witness at a Crossroads, the first New York exhibition in 25 years of Photographer Marc Riboud in Asia, continues at The Rubin Museum of Art through March 23, 2015. 150 West 17th Street, NYC

Before beginning his career as a photographer, Marc Riboud worked as a factory engineer until 1951. After a week on holiday, during which he covered the cultural festival of Lyon, Riboud dropped his engineering job for photography and moved to Paris in 1952.

He was invited by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa to join Magnum as an associate that same year.

Between 1954 and 1957, Riboud traveled throughout India and China. He spent the next 10 years reporting on the independence movement in Africa and Algeria, the Vietnam War and resulting anti-war demonstrations, and the Bengali revolt in east Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

He won the Overseas Press Club prize for his books ‘The Three Banners of China’ in 1966 and the ‘Face of North Vietnam’ in 1970. In 1975 Riboud was elected president of Magnum, a post he served until 1979.

 Forbidden City, China, 1957.
Forbidden City, China, 1957.
Camel Market, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India, 1956
Camel Market, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India, 1956
Road to Khyber Pass, Afghanistan, 1956
Road to Khyber Pass, Afghanistan, 1956
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