Drawn from the Tasveer Foundation collection, this series of photographs showcases the work made in India by Marc Riboud from his groundbreaking trip in 1956. Then a part of the illustrious Magnum Photo agency, Riboud visited India for a year, as part of a wider trip began he began in the Middle East and Afghanistan in 1955, before heading to China in 1957. It was during this trip that he made many of his most loved and enduring images of the country.
Born in Lyon, Riboud went to high school there and made his first picture in 1937. He was active in the French Resistance from 1943 to 1945 then studied engineering at the Ecole Centrale in Lyons (1945-48). Until 1951 Riboud worked as an engineer in Lyons factories then became a freelance photographer and moved to Paris in 1952. Invited to join Magnum as an associate that same year by Cartier-Bresson and Capa, Riboud also became a friend of George Rodger whom he later joined in the Middle East.
In 1955 Riboud became a full member of Magnum. The next year he made a long trip to India. In 1957 he was one of the first European photographers to go to China and he returned for a lengthy stay in 1965 with writer K.S. Karol. Riboud served as president of Magnum from 1975-76. In 1968, 1972 and 1976, Riboud made several reportages on North Vietnam and later traveled all over the world, but mostly in Asia, Africa, the US and Japan.
All photographs are copyright Marc Riboud. More photographs from the series can be seen here.