Interview Depardon Nougaret – The Modern Life

Following my previous post about Raymond Depardon’s work and his contribution to unveiling the complex relationship between French identity and rurality, here is an interview that was published with the Modern Life movie press kit: What was the initial idea for this long-term project? Raymond Depardon: I spent my childhood on a farm and it…

Raymond Depardon

Raymond Depardon is a French photographer, journalist and documentary film maker. Although he has covered the news from all over the world for Gamma Agency (which he created in 1966) and for Magnum, his real passion is for rural France where he originates from. Towards the end of his career, Depardon has allowed himself to…

Paris Guerilla Gardening

Following the worldwide movement of Guerilla Gardening operations are being organised to turn Paris green. Guerilla Gardening Guerilla gardening is a protest movement which started in the 1970’s in the United States. The basic idea is for people to regain control over the urban environment through the plantation of different types of fruits and vegetables…

Charcuterie Diplomacy

When the Chinese President meets the French President, you would expect them to discuss the P5, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, Airbus… in fact, one of the key issues of the visit was charcuterie. In France, even international relations express rurality. As the Wall Street Journal puts it, “The two leaders were in a celebratory mood over a…

Farmers 2.0

According to Mon veau s’appelle Hashtag (my veal is called Hashtag) a recent webdocumentary by French radio France Info, 6 out of 10 French farmers use the internet on a daily basis. They are particularly active on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Vine or Instagram and use their smart phones to regularly upload content. At first this…

From Ireland to France – Felfies

“Felfies” is a contraction of farmers and selfies. It all started in January 2014 when the Irish Farmers Journal launched a photo contest encouraging farmers to send in pictures of themselves at work. Quickly the phenomenon went viral: To follow are RT’s of #felfie pics from across the world. Amazing what we started. Phenomenon has featured in…

Chicken farmers don’t want no porn

Two days ago, the Telegraph posted an article about French Chicken farmers threatening to file a legal case as a porn movie was being shot in their village, thus damaging the brand image of their chicken. The article by Henry Samuel starts like this: “Poultry farmers in a French region famous for its free-range birds…