Marc Riboud was born in 1923 in Lyon, France. After World War II, during which he was active in the French Resistance, he studied engineering at the Ecole Centrale in Lyon. He worked as an industrial engineer in Lyon before teaching himself photography. In 1953, he moved to Paris where he joined the Magnum Photo agency and travelled extensively. An icon of photojournalism, Mr Riboud served as vice-president of the Magnum Paris office from 1958 to 1975, as President for Paris and New York from 1975 to 1976 and as Chairman of the Board from 1976 to 1977. He received the Overseas Press Club Award in 1967 and 1970.
From 1956 to 1958, Mr Riboud produced four photo stories for WHO. He travelled to Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and Turkey covering WHO work on insect-borne diseases control and mother and child healthcare. His images appeared in World Health in 1958 and 1960.
"Riboud […] points to the complex and varying ways that the world takes shape, while his pictures tell us the world comes to life - with all its beauty, hope and despair - because of the design and shape people give it. His passion for people dominates."
-- Judith Mara Gutman. In: Colin Naylor, ed. Contemporary Photographers, Chicago and London, St. James, 1998.