Photographer's Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990

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  • "TIME Special Preview: A Guide to the Best Fall Photobooks" TIME 
    "These photo books, lovingly designed and meticulously edited, are a rare treat in a time when photography is all-too-often relegated to selfies and snapshots, and offer an opportunity to truly indulge in the unfettered beauty of a well-made book."

  • "A Photographer's Paradise in America" New York Times 
    "Whenever possible, he wandered the streets of New York following his curiosity and making pictures. He encountered his fellow New Yorkers with enthusiasm and respect, and they embraced him. It was unlike anywhere else he had photographed."

  • "30 Years of Americana, Through Jean-Pierre Laffont's Lens" New York Magazine 
    "It’s not all grit, however. He worked nearly as much in color as in black-and-white, which was still a little unusual for serious photographers back then. In that regard, Laffont cites the Magnum photographer Ernst Haas as his chief influence. “He was doing something totally different — taking pictures in color, of the time, straight traditional horizons, good composition. Speaking of which, you can see in this book Laffont’s particular taste for a kind of photo that is very much of the moment today: a field of edge-to-edge pattern, with a small device that repeats throughout the frame." 







  • "Jean Pierre Laffont’s Epic Shots Grab a Country in Conflict, A Photographer’s Paradise" Hero Magazine 
    "The reality is that Jean-Pierre Laffont has seen things. Yes, he is one of the most celebrated photojournalists in history, not to mention the founding member of one of the world’s biggest photo agencies (Gamma USA and Sygma Photo News). But strip back the acclaim and the career and you’ve got a man who’s had a front row seat to some of the most seismic moments in American history. After sitting in archives for years, Laffont work is finally on the page. Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990 materialises as more than Laffont’s story, more than those he captured. It’s a tribute to the human condition. And when it gets down to it, it’s proof of what can happen when you ditch the wall and actually see."

  • "Photos: Jean-Pierre Laffont Saw Us" Advocate.com 
    "Photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont devoted his life to recording the most important world events for close to 55 years. He is not only a savvy photographer with a camera in his hand at all the right times but a businessman who founded the U.S. bureau of Gamma Agency with his wife."

  • "Jean-Pierre Laffont: once Upon a Time in America" The Telegraph 
    "Sixties America was far from a paradise but, says Laffont, it was a dream place to be a photographer. “It was really visual,” he says, “and it was extremely simple to photograph the city’s problems at that time.”"

  • "Somewhere Between Life and Peace" Life Force Magazine 
    "The 359 photographs that make up this first book by renowned photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont serve as a powerful and provocative examination of the American dream."

  • "Jean-Pierre Laffont: Photographer's Paradise" Z Photo Journal 
    "Generally, I don’t like many of my photos. I am very critical of my work and I always ask myself why I didn't use that lens or why I didn't take more photos or I should have been more to the right or I didn't snap the photo at the right time or I should have stayed there longer, etc., etc. I do, however, love photos by other photographers who meet my own criteria."

  • "Jean-Pierre Laffont: Women of Iron" NYC, 1981 
    "The fruits of his labors have been collected for the first time in Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990. The volume, which stands at 392 pages and with 359 photographs, includes an incredible gem from NYC, 1981: photographs from the Ms. Empire State competition, featuring the brand new sport of women’s bodybuilding. Laffont speaks with us about his work documenting “Women of Iron.”"

  • "Corbis Interviews JP Laffont" Corbis 
    "Corbis recently had the pleasure of sitting down with renowned photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont to discuss his most recent project, the Lucie Award-winning book Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990. Over three decades, Laffont travelled through all 50 U.S. states, documenting America during some of its most turbulent times. Enjoying the freedoms afforded to him shooting in the U.S., Laffont passionately followed his self-assigned stories, covering everything from political, economic, and social issues to daily news and everyday life."

"Le photographe français Jean-Pierre Laffont est l’un des plus précieux témoins de la contre-culture américaine. Né en 1935 dans l’Algérie française, il a passé plus de 30 ans aux Etats-Unis, il a cofondé l’agence Sygma . L’année dernière, la Maison Européenne de la Photographie , à Paris, lui a consacré une exposition rétrospective."

"On plaint les visiteurs de « Tumultueuse Amérique », l’ébouriffante rétrospective de Jean-Pierre Laffont, au Tripostal. Ils en ressortiront, bien sûr, le sang fouetté par la vibration de ces États-Unis-là, candides, cyniques, imprévisibles, violents, écartelés entre flower power et bombes au napalm."

  • "Photos, 30 Ans dans la Tumultueuse Amérique" L'Obs 
    "Dans le livre Le Paradis D’un Photographe défilent trente années d’histoire américaine vues à travers le regard d’un frenchie passionné par le bouillonnement social et culturel de son pays d’adoption. Jean-Pierre Laffont, photojournaliste reconnu et ancien membre fondateur des agences Gamma USA et Sygma, a puisé dans ses archives pour nous restituer en près de 350 images allant de 1960 à 1990 toute la diversité et les turbulences d’une époque : du mouvement pour les droits civiques, à la chaise électrique de Sing Sing, des funérailles de Robert F. Kennedy aux villages des hippies, en passant par les personnalités en vue et l’air du temps."


  • "Les Beaux Livres Photos à Offrir à un Photographe" Our Age is 13 
    "Bien plus que de simples témoignages de la société américaine, les photographies de Jean-Pierre Laffont retracent le regard libre et sans contrainte du photojournaliste sur une Amérique violente, surprenante et attachante."