Jean-Pierre?Laffont attended the School of Graphic Art in Vevey, Switzerland, prior to serving in the French Army during the Algerian War (he was awarded for his humanitarian actions). He is a founding member of the Gamma USA and Sygma Photo News agencies. For more than four decades Laffont traveled the globe for the world's leading news magazines. Among the numerous awards Laffont 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 an award 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 2014, his book on America?Photographer's Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990?published by Glitterati, Inc. was released in France and the USA. He resides in New York with his wife Eliane, an editor, his daughter Stephanie and his grand daughters Sparrow and Silvie.
The photographs that make up this first book by renowned photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont serve as a powerful and provocative examination of the American dream. For nearly three decades, Laffont travelled the breadth of the United States, a true embodiment of American freedom. Documenting the country in all of its facets - from national crises and unsightly social injustices to heartfelt protest and solidarity, the photographer took full advantage of the access granted to him by the world's greatest democracy. He travelled all fifty of the United States to document a broad swath of the country's fabric, capturing America through some of its most turbulent eras. From the electric chair at Sing Sing to Women's Jello Wrestling, the Watkins Glen rock festival to the Kent State shooting protest in Washington DC, Laffont was front and centre to history as it unfolded. Never working on assignment, Laffont chased stories of his own volition with a lens that was at once compassionate, humanistic, and unflinching. Taken together, these pages tell the story of the chaotic, often painful, birth of twenty-first-century America - a place where a black president, gay marriage, and women executives have become the new norm. Photographer's Paradise reminds us of the power of the freedom of speech, as Laffont speaks truth to power through his camera lens.