PARIS — Legendary photographer Marc Riboud died on Tuesday at age 93 after a long illness.
His death was confirmed by Magnum Photos, the international photographic cooperative where Riboud was among the earliest members.
“He was a terrific photographer and of particular note was his pioneering work in China, which he first visited in the late 1950s, and continued to photograph over the next three decades,” stated Martin Parr, president of Magnum Photos.
Born in 1923 in Saint-Genis-Laval near Lyon, France, Riboud photographed his first images in 1937 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. During World War II, he joined the Resistance, and after the war Riboud studied engineering before deciding to become a photographer.
His well-known black-and-white photo of a painter nonchalantly balancing on the Eiffel Tower appeared in Life Magazine in 1953. It was his first published shot and prompted his invitation to join Magnum Photos from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.
Riboud also had involvement in the fashion world. The photojournalist captured the atmosphere of Yves Saint Laurent’s workplace, for instance. Riboud snapped a portrait of the designer in his office in 1964, which was most recently published in 2014 in “Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio — Mirror and Secrets,” a tome by fashion historian Jéromine Savignon that follows the process behind the late designer’s couture creations.
Riboud photographed Richard Avedon chatting with Diana Vreeland, and Claudia Cardinale in 1961, as well.