• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2304


    15 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 337

    MARC RIBOUD (B. 1923)

    The Painter of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1953

    Price Realised  


    MARC RIBOUD (B. 1923)
    The Painter of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1953
    gelatin silver print, printed later
    signed, dated and inscribed 'Pour John qui a trouvé cette photo sur mon contact -' in ink (in the margin)
    14¼ x 9½in. (36.5 x 24.5cm.)

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    Acquired directly from the artist

    Pre-Lot Text


    These prints are from my personal collection. My career as a picture editor began with Life magazine, where I worked throughout World War II. I was a Life Hollywood correspondent at 24, and at 27 Life's London Picture Editor. I salvaged Robert Capa's famous pictures of the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach from a darkroom accident. It was Capa who introduced me to Henri Cartier-Bresson, shortly after the Liberation of Paris. Capa also persuaded me to join Magnum as Executive Editor in 1953. There I worked closely with Cartier-Bresson and 'youngsters' such as Marc Riboud, finding in their contact sheets such treasures as Henri's photo of a deck hand's moment of relief and Marc's maestro of the Eiffel Tower. When W. Eugene Smith quit Life in a dispute over a story on Albert Schweitzer, I brought him into Magnum. We had worked together since 1939. I became the executor of his estate, and a principal founder of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. I was delighted when the Fund gave its 1982 grant to Sebastião Salgado, one of the greatest photographers of our times. Regarding these prints, the pictures speak for themselves. The words my friends added to them mean even more to me.

    John G. (for Godfrey) Morris, Paris, March 2010