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Claude Dityvon in English

Native of La Rochelle, Claude Dityvon (1937-2008) receives the prize Niépce in 1970 and joint-creates in 1972 the Agence Viva, which he will manage until 1980 with his wife Chris. Steeped with literature and cinema since his teenage years, Dityvon develops very early a rigour and an absolute mastery in the invention of his images where the anecdote and the easy effect never find a place.

Closer to those of the American School (Walker Evans, Eugene Smith, Robert Frank) than the "decisive moment" of Cartier-Bresson, the photos of Dityvon are each read as a permanent act of re-creation of the reality, a suspended moment where the author projects his own subjectivity and invites the spectator to do the same.

Known to the general public for his images of May 1968 exhibited in 1998 at the Museum Guggenheim of New York and published the same year every day for a month in Le Monde newspaper, Claude Dityvon is also recognized by his peers as one of the French major photographers of the XXth century for the quality and wealth of his important work shown in more than 200 personal exhibitions.

Themes approached by Claude Dityvon are as varied as shanty towns, miners, cities, peasant world, world of work, night, sport, canals of the North, cinema, comic strips,... with always mankind as the central subject.