Consisting of selected images from the artist's personal archive, the exhibition Paris to Peking documents Riboud's development as a photographer. Among the most significant aspects of his work is his record of China behind the Iron Curtain. As one of the first Western photographers to enter China after the Cultural Revolution, Riboud captured life in a closed-off communist society under the rule of Mao Zedong.
In 1975, Riboud became the president of the Magnum Agency in Paris – a role he filled for two years. He left the agency in 1979, once again returning to the Near and Far East. Today he ranks among that rare breed of photographers whose work has not only been published globally in newspapers and magazines, but has also been presented in countless exhibitions venues such as the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the ICP in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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