Marc Riboud, London (1954). Three people peering through a fence
Marc Riboud, London (1954)

This week, photographer Marc Riboud explains his relationship with London

I had just joined Magnum, when Bob Capa sent me to London. He was very encouraging, even tender with me, like a father,  therefore my memories of London are very intermingled with my memories of Capa. He took me to Picture Post, to see the picture editor Lens Spooner. The magazine had just finished a series on English cities but Capa told Spooner, “Oh you should give Leeds to Marc. He comes from Lyon, the saddest city in France, he will be perfect for Leeds”. So I spent about a  month there. The day I came back, Spooner told me: “Capa is dead.” I could not believe it of course. I completely forgot my photos of Leeds.

For me curiosity is not a fault. These three people are peeping through a crack in the fence at the reconstruction of a bombed building. For me they are a bit like photographers , we always want to see more than we are allowed to. 

You can see this work on display in Another London at Tate Britain until 16 September 2012

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