JEAN-PIERRE LAFFONT - A PHOTOGRAPHER'S PARADISE

Jean-Pierre Laffont - A Photographer's Paradise
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JEAN-PIERRE LAFFONT - A PHOTOGRAPHER'S PARADISE



Written by Jack Blocker
02 Tuesday 02nd September 2014

Jean-Pierre Laffont moved to New York from France in 1965. He left behind a career photographing celebs to pursue his passion for photojournalism, and New York served as the perfect setting for the images he could never find back home. America was honest and transformative, leading Laffont to declare it a "photographer's paradise."

He captured the decades which made the twentieth century America's own. The images of civil unrest and social injustice make this clear, but it's the personal moments that illuminate the struggles of society as a whole. The first picture below, and perhaps his most famous, captures the instant a farmer loses his land at auction. You'll struggle to find a face more cruel than the one of the man signalling the sale.

Laffont went on to found the photo agency Sygma, which he later sold to Corbis. His new book, Photographer's Paradise, will be launched this Thursday at the Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, France.

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