Jean-Pierre Laffont attended the School of Graphic Art in Vevey, Switzerland, where he graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography.
He was a founding member of the Gamma USA and Sygma Photo News agencies. For more than five decades, Laffont traveled the globe, covering the news, the people, and the social and economic issues of his time. His photos were published in the world's leading news magazines, including Le Figaro, London Sunday Times, Newsweek, Paris Match, Stern
, and Time
. He was named one of the one hundred most important people in photography. Among the numerous awards Laffont has received are the Overseas Press Club of America's Madeline Dane Ross Award, the World Press Photo General Picture Award, University of Missouri's World Understanding Award and First Prize from the New York Newspaper Guild. In 1996 he was honored with the National French Order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
(a Knight in the National French Order of Arts and Letters). In 2016 Jean Pierre was named International Photographer of the Year
of the Pingyao Photo Festival in China. In 2020 he received
The Lucie Award for Achievement in Photojournalism
and The Visa D'Or Award du Figaro Magazine for Lifetime Achievement.
Laffont resides in New York with his wife Eliane, his daughter and his two granddaughters.
Awards and Honors:
Cross for Military Valor for his humanitarian acts during the Algerian War
First Prize: New York Newspaper Guild, for "Child Labor"; Overseas Press Club: Madeline Dane Ross award, for originating the use of photography to raise awareness of child labor conditions around the world.
World Press: First Prize, General Picture category; University of Missouri, School of Journalism: First Prize, World Understanding Award
French National Order of Merit: named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
International Photographer of the year of The Pingyao Photo Festival; China.
Lucie Award for Achievement in Photojournalism.
Visa D'Or Award du Figaro Magazine for Lifetime Achievement.
Contribution to the A Day in the Life Series (HarperCollins):
A day in the life of Hawaii
A day in the life of Canada
A day in the life of Japan
A day in the life of United States
A day in the life of Spain
A day in the life of USSR
A day in the life of China
A day in the life of Italy
A day in the life of Ireland
A day in the life of Hollywood
Other Selected Publications:
The Long March (Intercontinental Press); in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Mao Zedong's historical Long March
Trois Jour en France (Nathan/France)
America Then and Now (Cohen/HarperCollins)
Les 100 photos du Siècle (Editions du Chêne)
America 24/7 in Manhattan (NY State)
The New York Times Magazine: Photographs (Aperture Foundation)
40 ans de Photojournalisme: Generation Sygma (Editions de La Martinière/France)
CB Bible, Porter Bibb (Doubleday)
Women of Iron (Playboy)
Jean-Pierre Laffont Foreign Correspondent (Editions C.D.P/France)
Photographer's Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990: (Glitterati) named best picture book by The Lucie Awards
New York City Up and Down: (Glitterati)
Nos Stars en Amèrique Cartes postales de Jean Pierre Laffont: (Editions de La Martinière)
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