Marc Riboud's images of China under the rule of Mao Zedong represent some his most valuable work, capturing life behind the Iron Curtain. In sharp contrast to this depiction of a closed-off society, the exhibition also features a series on post-war Japan – illustrating the country's Westernised attitude and subsequently entirely different development.
Riboud was one of very few who were able to create a photographic document of China after the Cultural Revolution. Becoming vice-president of Magnum Paris in 1971, he later left the agency in 1979, returning to the Middle 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 – among them, the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the ICP in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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