Famed French photographer Marc Riboud dies aged 93

Marc Riboud, one of France's most famous photojournalists, has died aged 93.
Marc Riboud, one of France's most famous photojournalists, has died aged 93.PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (AFP) - One of France's most famous photojournalists, Marc Riboud, whose snap of a protester confronting American soldiers with a flower captured the movement against the Vietnam war, has died aged 93, his family said on Wednesday (Aug 31).

Riboud, equally famed for a 1953 picture of a workman painting the Eiffel Tower high above the Paris skyline, died Tuesday after a long illness, a family member told Agence France-Presse.

A master of black-and-white imagery, Riboud joined the prestigious Magnum agency at the invitation of its founders, photography greats Henri-Cartier Bresson and Robert Capa.

Riboud, whose shots appeared in top magazines such as Life, Stern and Geo, was among few photographers who managed to enter North Vietnam in the late 1960s.

In 1957 he had been among the first Europeans to travel in Communist China.