La Terre des Paysans (The Farmer’s Earth)
October 12, 2018
by Raymond Depardon
In the tradition of the great American photographers of rural life, Raymond Depardon shows the France of Farmers – raw, simple and direct. Through his art of framing, each photograph “places the country into ‘a grid,’ cropping and itemizing it, reconstructing it as he pleases in a vast series of similarities and echoes,” writes Bruno Racine, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, in his preface to La France de Raymond Depardon (Seuil, 2010).
If a common thread runs through his work, it’s a shared history of rural France, a theme the photographer revisits in his texts, and which surpasses the personal circumstances of each of the farmers he meets.
At Château Palmer, this unique geography will be on display with a curation of 38 photographs, dating from 1960 to 2007.