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Marc Riboud (1923 – 2016)

by Legacy Staff

Marc Riboud, a French photographer who created an iconic image of protest during the Vietnam War, died Tuesday, according to Time magazine. He was 93.

Riboud’s “Girl With the Flower” captured a young woman facing down a line of soldiers armed with guns and bayonets, while she held a flower with a look of sadness on her face. The photo became an indelible symbol of the campaign for peace and a driver of the “Flower Power” movement.

The photo’s subject, Jan Rose Kasmir, later told The Guardian that she didn’t know she had been photographed as she attended a protest march at the Pentagon. She didn’t discover it until more than a decade later when her father saw the image in a photography magazine. It was only then that she understood the long-lasting impact of her small act of protest.


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Riboud’s eye for an iconic image produced other notable photos including his 1953 “The Painter of the Eiffel Tower,” depicting a workman perched on a girder of the tower, painting it while striking a dancer’s pose – though Riboud didn’t ask the man to pose, just capturing the moment as it presented itself.

Riboud’s work appeared in Life, National Geographic, and many other magazines. He was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1998 and received a lifetime achievement award at the Sony World Photography Awards in 2009.

He had two sons with sculptor and author Barbara Chase-Riboud, to whom he was married from 1961-81.

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