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May 1968: At the Heart of the Student Revolt in France
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Philippe Tesson Bruno Barbery
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May 1968: At the Heart of the Student Revolt in France

Philippe Tesson Bruno Barbery



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The media played a major role in the events of May 1968, both for the government and the demonstrators. While the popular posters of the times depicted the CRS (French riot police) manning the microphones at the ORTF (French broadcasting service), the papers and the radio stations took up the defence of the student protestors.

Bruno Barbey of the Magnum Agency covered the events until mid-June. He captured the daily life of the protesters, students and factory workers, immortalising key moments. He recorded nights full of violence and confrontation over the course of these months whose events reverberated to the very heart of State power. From the very beginning of the protests, the entire press corps seized upon the events, but only the daily newspaper Combat, created during the Second World War, was on the side of the young or at least until the violence erupted.

Philippe Tesson, who was Editor-in-Chief at the time, relates his memories of the time in an account never before published. May 68: at the Heart of the Student Revolt brings together the contemporary eye of Barbey and the pen of Tesson who, fifty years later, reflects upon those few weeks that shook France to its core.

Photographs by:   Bruno Barbery
Text by:   Philippe Tesson
Imprint:   Didier
Country of Publication:   Singapore
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 165mm, 
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9789814610681
ISBN 10:   9814610682
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

French-born Bruno Barbey has been a photographer for more than 50 years and is recognised for his free and harmonious use of color. During the 1960's, he was commissioned by Editions Rencontre in Lausanne to report from European and African countries and he also contributed to Vogue. Over five decades, he regularly journeyed across five continents to photograph civil wars in Nigeria, Vietnam the Middle East, Bangladesh, cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait. His work has appeared in major magazines worldwide. Barbey began his relationship with Magnum Photos in 1964 and became a full member in 1968, the year he documented the political unrest and studen riots in Paris. Between 1979 and 1981, he photographed Poland at a turning point in history which is captured in his widely acclaimed book Poland. Barbey has received many awards for his work, including the Frnch National Order Merit. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous museum collections. He has also published over 25 book.

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