Born in 1926, Robert Delpire was an art publisher, editor, and curator with a keen interest in documentary photography. During his fruitful and extraordinary career, Delpire worked closely with Magnum photographers and contributed significantly to their visibility thanks to publications and exhibitions, distributing their images around the world.
Delpire took an active approach to developing work with photographers: he traveled to Iran with Inge Morath, for example, and designed and wrote an essay for Josef Koudelka’s historical book Exiles. As Morath recalled, “Delpire accompanied me there, and then I drove back alone with my Armenian driver. But sometimes even he was afraid. If nomads came, he stayed at a great distance, and I went walking towards them, armed with aspirin and sugar.” Continue reading.